Really long group of questions part 1 (sorry)
Posting for more great advice. I have a 125gal long tank with about 16 Jack Depseys 1 cat and 1 pleco (newly added about 3 weeks ago. The smallest is the pleco at 3" and the largest are the JD's at about 6" or more. I am currently only running two HOB
's. They are tetra whisper 60 and 30-60 (side question...is there a difference between these two filters or just a name change?) and I am litterly spraying them filters out every week if I'm lucky. Usually more like 4 days. I know I'm under filtered since two of my canisters crapped out (magnum 350 and H.O.T. 350). Even with this being not enough filter should it be clogging up this quick. I'm feeding with large chiclid pellets and when they chew on it there is a lot of little bits that escape their mouths/gills. I'm thinking this is the problem but not sure. If it is, do I just change the food (they seem to love this stuff!!)?
I am planning on adding to my filtration. After digging around here and talking to the lfs
about canister filters I will be going with eheim 2080 if I go with a canister filter. They said they got A LOT of FX5's back as defective to the point that they stoped selling them (up to that point I was torn). Plus they said they can get the eheim for $349. My second thought is a sump system. My only concern is my tank is not pre-drilled and it's not really an option I want to consider to have it drilled. I am worried because my area has power loss...often! I worry about constantly testing the siphon and/or return pump. I do not want flooding and for sure do not want a fire! Would the eheim do just as well...better...worse? If I went with a sump system I would need and inexpensive low water shut off or maybe a plug/power supply that would not auto reset when the power came back on insuring the pump did not run dry. If anyone could point me in the direction of either one or both that would help a lot! Any and all advice or links will be valued dearly! I'll be honest. I am looking to get the most self sufficient/low maint system I can. Cost is an issue but probably more so in the long run (ie cost of operation and maint.).
I may seem with this many questions I'm just jumping to asking without researching but I've beeing looking for a while and still not sure. I'm figuring I'm just not looking in the right places so again, send all the links you want or just post away. I'll be all over your info.
Thanks in advance!