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    Can anyone recommend me a great filter for a 55 gallon Lake Malawi cichlid tank?

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    If you overstock the tank, you will need a canister (holds more bio media) rated for a minimum of 110g tank.

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    If you get a canister, I recommend the Eheims, a bit more pricey than some other canister filters, but good quality, and versatile.
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    I second a canister filter for a tank that size.

    Fluval, Eheim, SunSun, Penn-Plax, ZooMed, Marineland, there are a ton of brands out there and all work decently well, I guess brand depends on how much money you want to spend but they are all essentially just buckets with a pump attached. Just make sure the model you choose is rated high enough for your needs. Heavy stocking or messy/poopy fish are going to need more filtration.

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    I have stumbled across this guy, and think he has sound advice on filtration. This is a 44 min video so hope you have the time to watch it.

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    When I ran 55's stocked with Malawi cichlids I used 2 aquaclear 110's with the intakes pulling through the lift tubes of UG filter plates. The flow was quite strong enough to prevent any accumulation of debris under the plates, and the water was always crystal clear.

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    That is a neat set up.
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    It would really depend on what you were going to stop the tank with. I would use a larger filter (as mentioned above) if you were going to stock the tank more heavily. If you were just going to keep a few fish with small bioloads, then I would just get a power filter (i think that's what they are called).

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    Get a canister filter that is rated to turn your water over at least 10 x an hour. The ratings on the filters are for the filter running without any filter media (so they all cheat). It's like Ford and Chevy, everyone has a favorite brand. The filters I would recommend are the sunsun 304B or 404B. If you want to get a bit higher grade filter, an Fluval FX4 would work well. I use 4 FX6's on a 360 gallon African tank and they work quite well.
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    Woah, thank you all for the tremendous help!

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