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    I got my new 75 gallon tank and am going to stock it with Mbuna African Cichlids. I will eventually be doing the overcrowding method. I have seen lots of different filters and cant decide on which one I should go with. I am on a budget and would like to add only 1 filter, or possibly add a 2nd filter later if the need grows for it. The models I have looked at the most are the Penn Plax Cascade 1500, Sun Sun 304B, and API(Rena) Filstar XP-L. These are all in budget. I asked at the Local fish store about Fluval 406. He steered me away claiming that a lot of their customers come to them regularly to order parts. I have also looked into the Marineland C360 but heard these may have had issues but were addressed and fixed, can anyone confirm this? Last suggestion is 2 HOB Aquaclear 110's. I have only owned Aquaclear's in the past and love these filters. Also I will be using Sand on the bottom of the tank. Any particular filter to avoid that sucks up sand?

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    You avoid sucking up sand by getting the inflow up from the sand, 3-4 inches should do.

    I'd stick an eheim 2217 on it. Good allround filter and when you upgrade you can get a second one of htese.

    http://eheimna.com/products/detail/Classic

    http://amzn.com/B0002AQXV8 which is a steal since it comes with taps and media. I'd never try to save on a filter, certainly not on a mbuna setup. And yes, any dealer will tell you they sell quite a lot of parts for these. If they're honest they will also mention that that's the case because this model has been on the market almost unchanged for more than 30 years

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    I would suggest having two filters.

    I would stick with the eheim as already suggested combined with a AC110.
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