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Old 02-19-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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I`ve got a big dilema here. I plan to buy a bigger tank mostly around 55 Gallon and i was think what should i buy for a filter ? What is the best ? Underwater like the "Fluvial" ? undergravel ? Canister ? Which one is in my best interest to buy ?
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IMO a cannister filter is best with a 55 gal. I use both a fluval 404 and an A/C 300 HOB on my 75 gal.
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Old 02-19-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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Your best bet would be a canister for a tank that size. I use a Cascade 1000 on my 55 gal.
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I use a Fluval 304 and one that I put together on mine. Cannister is good for a 75.
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OK thanks for you input i'll go for a canister filter. As you might have seen i`ve also change the topic name because if found out i had more than one question. For the bottom of the tank now. Sand or gravel ? I would say gravel because the bacteria tent to live there right ?
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I prefer sand, I use pool filter sand. It looks completely natural, easier to clean and the bacteria live in the sand same as gravel.
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Doesnt mateer. Sand makes a great substrate. It looks really nice as well. I would think sand has more surface area, the grains are a lot smaller.
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But how do you clean sand ? certainly not with a Python like vacuum ?
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You can clean it with a python. You hover over the top the duritis will get sucked up and leave the sand behind. The added benefit of sand is the junk stays on top instead of working its way down into the gravel.
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Even when you push the python into the sand, pool filter sand is heavy enough to fall out of the python and not get sucked up. I move the python over the sand get the gunk up, stir the sand with the flow off and turn the flow back on to clean the stuff I just stirred.
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