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    Many of you know that I am already planning a 180 gallon tank for christmas. Likely to be a pair of oscars in there and a common pleco. I know I will use the Fluval FX5 cannister filter, but the question: is one of them enough for such a tank? I understand that they are rated to filter around 600 gph, but I have a complete lack of experience with such a large tank.

    Just looking for some opinions on this, thanks!
    Last edited by gm72; 06-10-2007 at 08:22 PM.
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    Didn't the Oscar guys answer that one? I'll go check...

    I think they say you do better with two...but the 2nd can be a HOB...
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    i think that canister goes to 400g, but add a HOB too

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    Okay...they didn't say...so I asked...let's see what the consensus is...
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    You only want to keep 2 Oscars and one Pleco in your 180 gal tank?

    Then the Fluval is more than enough. Nice filter, I would have taken it for myself, but its way to large for my stand... grrrrrr

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    I have the Fluval FX5 on my 150 as the only filter. It does a great job, but I think it is the minimal flow for such a tank, with smaller cichlids. If I had bigger stuff in there (bigger and more poop) then I would want either more filtration or a good high flow powerhead to make sure everything gets to the FX5. The only HOB I would consider for such a large tank would be the Emperor 400. It has two big Biowheels which will boost the capacity of the biological filtration. I personally do not use or recommend carbon, and since the cartridges come with carbon, I would either rig up my own DIY cartridge that lacks carbon and has just mechanical, or skip them altogether.
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    Maybe the FX5 and an Aquaclear 110?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm72
    Maybe the FX5 and an Aquaclear 110?
    sounds good!

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    If I'm understanding this correctly...

    ...the one Fluval and an AC110 are ideal for now...

    ...but when the fish are fully grown, you may need to add another canister...
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    The best thing would be two FX5s. If you can afford them, but them, you will be happy you did. I think it is better to have way too much filtration than to flirt with that line of 'just enough'. I posted a thread about it, but I will repeat it here. When I had the mbunas in the 55, I had two Whisper 60s and a Fluval 404. After a water change when I had turned off the filters, the Fluval never kicked back on. I didn't even notice it for about 5 days. In most tanks that would mean a complete crash of the tank and all the fish dying. But since I was over-filtered I had no issues. Filters fail, it happens. The last thing you want is to have your fish die because of it.
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