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Old 11-04-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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What's the best filter for a 75 gallon fish tank?

What's the best filter for a 75 gallon freshwater filled with mostly angel fishes??? Also I recently got a trickle filter from a friend is it any good?? Oceanic trickle model 75 to be exact.
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I hate sumps for FW, a complete waste IME. Go with a Fluval FX5. By far the best filter out there right now for the money for anything 75 and up.
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I hate sumps for FW, a complete waste IME. Go with a Fluval FX5. By far the best filter out there right now for the money for anything 75 and up.
What's the price range on it???
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Also why u hate it?
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In FW mechanical filtration is critical and canisters are the most effective form of mechanical because they allow so little bypass. With an open filter like a sump as soon as ANY debris is in the pads the water goes around, unfiltered.

On Amazon they are about $209 shipped. That is cheaper than retailers buy them for when buying direct from Hagen. They usually retail for $300-330.
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Moved to General Hardware/Equipment Discussion.

Nothing wrong with a sump in a FW tank IMO. However, it is not necessary. I would say you could EASILY get by with a Fluval 405 or a Rena XP4 on a 75 vs. spending the extra money on an FX5.
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I have two 405s on my 75 and wish I had gotten the FX5. I would have if I didn't already have the 405s sitting around. For the price difference it is more than worth it.
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Thanks going to do my research.
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And in my opinion the 405 does the job just fine on its own. I'm currently running one on a 75. Nothing wrong with the FX5, but it certainly isn't needed on a 75.
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