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Old 08-01-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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wet/ dry or hang on back filter.

After realising i am not ready for salt water tank i decided to turn to freshwater with plants. However not sure what type of filter to use. I was looking at marineland emperor pro series (400) two of them for my 75 gallon. But read somewhere about people using wet dry filtration instead help?
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For HOB's.. I'd look at the Fluval C4. It has a wet/dry compartment for the bio. Otherwise, my second choice would be Aqua Clears... both of these HOBs are made by Hagen. Both are also easy to customize with media.
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Any idea if a wet dry sump would ve better ?
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I have plenty of room to run it in my cabinet
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:31 AM   #5
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No sorry... Canisters are my first choice for planted tanks. I love the Fluval 406. I previously recommended an HOB type due to you thinking of a marineland emperor bio wheel - which I'm not too keen on.

You should probably re-ask this question pertaining to sumps in a planted tank application in the planted tank sub-forum. Aqua_Chem and Rivercats would be best to chime in on that. But if it boils down to HOB's, get 2x Fluval C4. Or if you decide canister, a Fluval 406 would be nice with a Hydor powerhead on one end to help with circulation.
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Ok thanks
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:37 AM   #7
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With the power heads should i do 2 on a timer. Also how well are the hidden led lights from marineland for a planted tank. They state they are 6500 kelvins
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I wouldn't put the power heads on a timer. You can probably do one or two hydor Koralia nano 240's.

The lighting.. those hidden ones aren't that good. What plants are you thinking of growing? You need to decide if you want to grow low light, medium, or high light. You'll also need to determine if you go medium or high, you'll need to get a pressurized co2 system.

Finnex LED fixtures are a great value. Finnex FugeRay for low light plants. Finnex Ray 2 for moderate light. Research those. Or Current Satellite LED+ fixtures.. You'll need 1 for low light, 2 for medium. The Current lights are neat because you can control the color output plus it has modes for like storm, lightning, moonlights, etc.
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Ok i am getting a 180 gallon wet dry sump for my 75 gallon tank. Any pump recommendations
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I am not able to help you with any pump recommendations, but a wet/dry sump is a bad idea with a planted tank because if you ever plan to inject co2 then you will be gassing all of it off with the sump. This is why getting a canister would be a good idea. Also, if you want a HOB over a canister, i would go with aquaclears instead of a c4 because the wet/dry section of the c4 will be likely to gas off more co2 than the aquaclear.
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