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Thread: Filter question

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    Yesterday I bought a beautiful 55gal tank/stand/hood from someone. It came with everything under the sun...except it only has a marineland HOB filter. I'm looking into getting a canister filter, but not sure where to start as far as brand, size...etc. Can anyone offer any idea's here? Thanks so much!

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    A canister is the right way to go for heavy stocking like Africans.
    I have so far only had experience with eheim and fluval canisters, but I can rcommend both as good options. My experience with both is as follows.

    The eheim has a very large biological filtration capacity, is quiet and is very simple to maintain. However, it is a high priced filter and also has a low flow rate in comparison to its size.

    The fluval has proportionally a much higher flow rate, and is also a bit cheaper than the eheim, but I've found it takes more time to maintain and IMO also lacks the massive biofiltration capacity of the former. Not that it has inadequate capacity though, just not as much.

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    Another good brands that lots here use is the Rena brand. It has large baskets for biofiltration and is pretty easy to maintain too once you get it primed the first time. Also doesn't break the bank. I run a rena xp large and an additional cannister on my 75 gallon african tank. It seems like a lot but those herbivores sure make a lot of waste. A lot of times you can catch it on sale on amazon for a little over $100. Only downer is that you have to buy more media because it doesn't come with enough.

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    I have an APS canister -- for the price, it's amazing although I accept it won't last as long as a better brand. I am saving up for a similar canister of a better brand. Mine is 1400LPH and boy does it flow. Practically waves a wave. Not for every fish, but mine love it (on 200+ L tank).
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies, 9x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Occasional platies & black devil trumpet snail

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    I have an Eheim classic and Fluval FX6 and are great brands. Although they're rated for Biggers aquarium. I read that the sunsun are economic and are great, but I never have used one.

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    I have an eheim and I love it. Very simple and dependable

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    I have 2 API Filstar XP-Ms (Rena) and love them so far. For your 55 gal, either 2 XP-Ms, or an XP-M and an Aquaclear 110 HOB. Either setup would give excellent filtration.
    75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
    Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras
    10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    I don't think you'd need 2 canisters for a 55. I have XP's as well and That's my vote as well. I think a XP2 (M) would do fine (rated upto 75g). If you were going to add something with the canister I would suggest a simple sponge filter. That's what I've done with mine.
    Angel breeder wanna-be

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