View Full Version : 180 Gallon filtration options

03-20-2007, 09:57 PM
I currently have a 180 gallon aquarium with a few oscars, jack dempseys, and silver dollars. The tank has been setup for a few years and stays clean and the fish are healthy but my question is about changing the filtration.

The tank has 2 built in overflows and returns and I have a wet dry filter with an external air cooled pump. I also have a hang on the back marineland emperor biowheel 400 and 2 emperor biowheel 280's for supplemental filtration.

My only reason for wanting to change is the external air cooled pump is too loud and i'm trying to keep the noise to a minimum. Any suggestions on a high volume external air cooled pump, or submursible pump. Or any other suggestions would be appreciated.


03-20-2007, 10:07 PM
A big canister filter.

03-20-2007, 10:43 PM
Canisters PWN. Best in the world.

03-21-2007, 12:48 AM
Fluval FX5.

Does it have to be an air-cooled pump? A submerged one will stay cooler (and therefore last longer) and may be quieter. Was it always this loud? Is it the pump or just it hitting the stand/floor/surrounding items?

03-21-2007, 05:13 AM
Thanks for the suggestions thus far. Keep them coming...

Here are answers to the questions I've gotten.

I was thinking about a big canister filter, or possibly two, since my tank has dual built in overflows, I just wasn't sure how that would work.

Does anyone else have any experience using a canister filter in a tank with overflows?

It doesn't have to be an air cooled pump, that's just what I have currently. Does anyone have suggestions for a good quiet submersible pump that would be powerfull enough for a 180 gallon?

The pump has always been somewhat loud; it's just a constant hum.
Nothing abnormal, but just kind of annoying because the tank is only a few feet away from where we watch TV.


03-21-2007, 11:08 AM
They won't hook up to the overflows. Tanks with overflows really on an open sump system for avariable water level, which the canister won't have.

Go to a more advanced site such as monsterfishkeepers.com where they are likely to have a lot of experience with sump systems and the different brands of pumps.