Ok, When I purchased this tank used, it came with a Tetra Whisper 60 Power Filter (obviously not enough for this tank) so a friend was good enough to give me a Magnum 350 to supplement. This worked out for a while (but I hated maintaining the Magnum), until the magnum died. Now I am on the hunt for new filtration. I want to get rid of the HOB
tetra, and switch to full canister setup. I have been around and around and I just can't decide for myself, so I came here for some good advice. Here is what I am thinking:
Budget: around $180
What I want: one or two canister filters to support a non-planted 90 gallon tank with a medium-load of fish. These canisters should be quiet and easy to maintain. Power-efficiency and customize-able media is also a plus.
What I have found so far:
A single canister of the following
-500UV canister filter with UV9W Sterilizer - 525 GPH
Fluval 406 External Filter
Cascade Canister 1200
EHEIM Classic 2217
Two of the following:
-400UV Canister Filter with UV9W Sterilizer - 370 gph
Cascade Canister 1000
EHEIM Classic 2215
Rena 721 Filstar XP2 (probably used)
Or something I hadn't thought of yet! Any recommendations or advice would be welcome (but because know people will suggest it, I think an FX5 is probably overkill, and is above my price range anyway).
PS: Current tank inhabitants are a 12"+ Tire track eel, Ctenopoma acutirostre, Synodontis eupterus, Angel, Common Pleco, and a half dozen Giant Danios.