Originally Posted by Mr Ray
I have my eye on a 120 gallon 48x24x24 tank and since I have been out of the hobby for 5 years I would like to hear what everyone has to say about what filter or filters I should have for this tank? The last tank I had I bought a eheim 2260 but I haven't got the cash to spend that much again. Something a little more reasonable if possible. It will house some small dwarf cichlids and approx 7 discus mainly, plus I really like live plants. I get off on the plants almost as much as I do the fish. So, what does everyone think?
The more I look around the more confused I've become.
If your of the handy sort you could try a DIY trickle filter. If you do a google search it should yield tons of results for you. I have built 2 of them using viaaqua pumps and a DIY overflow using PVC
piping and a toms water lifter pump. Most of these items I have bought online from drs foster and smith.
It takes a little planning but the results of these filters has been superior to my magnum 350 canister filters I was using and changing out the filter media is much easier now. I now use the magnums and water pumps during water changes making that task much quicker and easier than the buckets used to use.
Hopefully this helps more than it confuses but the DIY trickle filters I use filter over 800gph which is awesome for the light price tag of the parts.