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Old 06-16-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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What size filter and heater for my tank?

I have a 45 gal tank and I would like to keep African cichlids. Should I go with the Aqua Clear 200 (200 gph) or the 300 (300 gph?)

I have read that more filtration is good but I don't know if the 300 is overkill....

What media do I use in the filter? I know it has a carbon pack and an ammonia-rid pack available. Do I use all 3?

Also....is a 200 Watt heater the right size?

Any reccomendations on whether to use a Jager or a Visi-therm?
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200's about right. the rule of thumb for filtering is usually about 7-10 times an hour
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I would go with the 300, cichlids tend to be a messy fish. the heater will be just fine for your tank.
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I agree, the 300 is the way to go with Cichlids. They are VERY messy. Which Africans are you looking into?
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Thanks for the advise!

I would lke to get Altolamprologus Comprecissep (bright orange) and Altolamprologus Calvus (black).

3 of each (2f 1m)

I would also like to get a few Neolamprologus Leleupi

It kind of depends on availability where I am but these would be my dream fish
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What media do I use in the filter? I know it has a carbon pack and an ammonia-rid pack available. Do I use all 3?
Any reccomendations?

I haven't bought anything yet.....
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i wouldnt use any of the stuff, but just keep some carbon just in case. ammonia rid will just mess up ur cycle
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So just go with the sponge then? Great....will save me some money
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sounds good
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The minimum is 3 times an hour.. the average is 5 and the you have supper messy fish or an overstocked tank is 8-10... if you follow the 1 inch per gallon guideline then I would go for say 8-10! JMHO though..
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