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Old 08-05-2016, 09:40 AM   #1
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Looking for Cansiter Filter Suggestion for 220g

I have put some fish into my tank that are aggressive sand sifters and I need to add a mechanical filtration system to my tank to remove all the stuff floating around. Until now I didnt run any mechanical filtration in the tank I just used a sump with some filter flow for BB. I am not looking to break the bank on this I just want something that can clean out the water to keep it clear. Been looking around and I am just not sure what I should go with as I havent owned any mechanical filtration for any of my tanks in 5-7 years
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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Look into the Eheim brand external filters. I have used them a few times ,not on such a grand scale, but I've had great results with them :] they come pre filled with the media too. I've heard fluval makes a good product line as well.

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Old 08-05-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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Look into the Eheim brand external filters. I have used them a few times ,not on such a grand scale, but I've had great results with them :] they come pre filled with the media too. I've heard fluval makes a good product line as well.

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I have been looking at the Fluval FX6 its a bit $$$ but is looking like the only thing on the market that will handle my tank size.
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If I remember correctly, one member was running 4 FX6's jam-packed with filter wool.

I don't know if it is just my tank but the aqua-ones don't really clear the water.
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Anyone ever seen the Aquatop CF series? Looking at the 400, its only recommended for up to 175g tanks so I am not sure if thats enough but its only 150$ right now. and has a "UV serializer" never been much of a believer in UV so I dont care much about that.
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If I read your post correctly all you want is to clarify the water not handle the whole bio load of 220gal. So a smaller one will probably adequately filter the water enough to clarify it. I use an eheim 2217 and it's rated for 175gal I think. Cram that suckered full of sponge filters, white polishers, and some carbon for good measure and it will probably do a pretty good job at keeping the water clear.

I found mine at Bigalspets.com for $136. They have some pretty good deals on eheim products and I'm sure fluval too.

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I have a fluval canister filter rated for a 75 gallon tank. Maybe ill stuff that baby full of filter floss and see if it does the job and if not Ill get something bigger. I mean its cloudy water I cant even see the back of the tank.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:18 AM   #8
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Try out what you have and see if it works. I know that the acurelf liquid helps clump together particulate so it can be filtered easier. If you do still need a new one after testing out your 75gal filter the Eheim 2217 is still $139 at big als with the media, tubes, and filter pads free shipping. :] let us know how it goes

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Did you have any luck with the 75gal filter?

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Does it have to be a canister? What about one or two AC110?
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Does it have to be a canister? What about one or two AC110?
I was thinking the same thing, with the addition of a sponge prefilter on each intake, to prevent the solids from gumming up the impellers. Throw some Biohome in the filter chamber and you'll have plenty of biological filtration, too.
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You want something that moves alot of water for mechanical filtration in a tank that big.
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