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Old 07-12-2004, 01:31 AM   #1
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Is my filter too big?

ok guys.. looking for some expert advice ..

I currently have a Fluval 204 and a 404 (which was given to me)

I used to have the 204 in my 58 gallon tank and it seemed to work fine.

Here is my question.. I am starting up a 25 gal at work and I was hoping I could use one of these filters in it.. I fear the 404 would be too much for the 58 and would make the 25 like a washing machine..

What do you guys say?

(btw - these would be freshwater tanks)

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[center:0ba6a0663d] Welcome to AA, bigbites! [/center:0ba6a0663d]
I wish someone would give me a couple of Fluvals!!!
I have a Fluval 104 on my 29 gal and that gives a lot of current. The fish like it, but sometimes, I will see one get swept away and then hide behind the rocks and wood to rest. I have a 404 on my 50 gal with fake plants at the surface to break up the current.
I would look for a cheap, but reliable filter such as the aquarclear for the 25 gal tank. Check our www.bigalsonline.com and eBay for good prices.
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Would a spraybar help break up the current?
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Thank you for the welcome... even if you are a Devils fan...

I was hoping NOT to have to buy a new filter.. but if you guys think a 204 is way too much current for a 25'r.. then I suppose I will shop around..

Thank you for your input...

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A Fluval 204 is only 180 gph of rated flow. That makes a healthy 7.2X turnover rate in a 25g tank which is not way too much :P I have a 145 gph canister AND a 200 gph power filter on my 26g tank and my fish look bored. Are you using a spray bar? Try angling it differently... :P
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Try the spraybar. I am not a stickler for the 6+ gph turnover rate. I want my fish to be comfy in their surroundings and do weekly water changes.

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bigbites, what type of fish do you have/want anyway? Different fish prefer different water movement.
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bigbites, what type of fish do you have/want anyway? Different fish prefer different water movement.
Good Question.. I wanted to try Discus this time around.. if that didn't work out (meaning I can't get the water quality i want) I would do african Cichlids... I have always had success with them.. and I am pretty sure they are cool with moving water..

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Africans like a lot of current. It is not uncommon to have two 404s filtering a 55g tank. With Discus, you would not want that much movement (from what I have heard), but having a lot of bio filtration and at least one backup is needed.
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guys this is all great advice.. thank you.. the 25 gal is going to be my office tank.. I am probably better served NOT trying the discus there..but I Will go with the 204 and the Africans..and give it a whirl.. thank you.. thank you thank you
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