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Old 02-07-2015, 07:36 PM   #11
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Wow! 10 flow, but sounds good. Why is a HOB so popular additional filtration rather than another canister? I know the AC110 is a good unit for the price, but just assumed 2 canisters would be better.
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Wow! 10 flow, but sounds good. Why is a HOB so popular additional filtration rather than another canister? I know the AC110 is a good unit for the price, but just assumed 2 canisters would be better.

Probably because cleaning the HOB is convenient compared to the canister. In some models (I think the Fluval C series) you can change the media while the filter is running.
10x? Ha! I'm running 15-20x in my planted tank.


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canisters are a pain in the butt to clean. The hang on backs you can add carbon or purigen in 10 seconds if you wanted to. I thought canisters would provide better filtration than the hang on backs but over the years I found out that's not the case, they both do the same thing. The one benefit of a canister is you can go longer without cleaning it. I have had 4 different canister filters now, and I am slowly phasing them out on all my tanks, not worth the hassle..of course this is just my opinion
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Probably because cleaning the HOB is convenient compared to the canister. In some models (I think the Fluval C series) you can change the media while the filter is running.
10x? Ha! I'm running 15-20x in my planted tank.


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what size tank and what filters do you run?

if you don't mind me asking
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starting an overstocked 75 g cichlid tank, is a single Rena XP2 enough?

I don't mind. It's a 20g long heavily planted with two AquaClear 50s. I modded the filter output so there is no splash.
The AC50s (each) have a gph of 150-200 I believe.

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I don't mind. It's a 20g long heavily planted with two AquaClear 50s. I modded the filter output so there is no splash.
The AC50s (each) have a gph of 150-200 I believe.

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yea they are rated at 200gph but I think they always overestimate the flow rate. That's alot of filtration on a 20 gallon tank, it doesn't put out too much current?

I'm curious how you modded the output because my 110 produces micro bubbles and i'm looking for a more polished look to the water.
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You would think it is a lot of flow but it is spread out and the plants and fish are not being tossed around.
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Even after raising the water level, is the filter's waterfall lip at or below the water surface level?

If not then I'd suggest adding a lip extension. I have posted this in other threads but can't figure out how to paste links using the mobile app. Basically you are cutting a piece of the plastic strip that comes with all glass canopies to the width of the lip. The plastic strip is then bent in a way to redirect the water flow to be parallel with the surface. Note: The thinner plastic strips (MarineLand) are much easier cut/work with (Compared to Aqueon). See the pics and hope this helps:
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is that the plastic piece that comes with the glass versa tops? If so I have a piece laying around somewhere and I may try this.. unfortunately it's prob the thicker aqueon
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I'm not a cichlid owner/keeper but I do know that filtration is paramount in that type of setup. As well as the elimination of dead spots. Most likely you will get recommendations for another canister filter or even a large HOB (Fluval/AquaClear 110). The only thing I would say about adding another canister in-line to the existing one is filter redundancy; if the primary filter fails then things are out of commission until a repair or replacement is available. I like the idea of a second functioning filter that can serve as a backup and it allows you to service one while running the other.
I found a listing of reviews for canister filters (nice long list). Thought I would share: Aquarium Product and Retailer Reviews


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I would just FX6 the sucker, but the 110 is a beast I got it and it flows like double what the 70 and C4 do.

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Thanks for the link to the filter reviews, I had not seen that before. I was considering the E he I'm 2217 or Fluval 306 or 406. Seems like the Eheim has the better rating of the 3, and move to see that the Rena XP2 that I got used is also rated over 8/10.
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Wow! 10 flow, but sounds good. Why is a HOB so popular additional filtration rather than another canister? I know the AC110 is a good unit for the price, but just assumed 2 canisters would be better.
The 110 is easy to throw different media in and out and flows a lot, I also use the flow to put food into in my 15T, probably not the best idea in a 75g but in the XT it blasts the food all over so everyone gets some, otherwise the rainbows just eat it all off the surface.


Just saying that I'm in the don't overstock croud, I know its a Mbuna thing but I just find it easier to understock and over filter and set up biotope type setups rather than constantly monitoring an over stocked tank.
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