Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

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Rocksor replied the topic: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

pre-2000, filters were simply awesome...none of them Made in China. Guess that NAFTA trade agreement with China screwed over the quality of products we now get post 2000.

Case in point, Marineland Stealth Pro heaters....my two 200w heaters lasted from 1998-2013. I was surprised all the hoopla about them burning out and catching fire starting with models made in 2002+.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Re: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

Campbell wrote: Fortunately budget is not a problem I am after the best. So you would say double up on my filter and get a 100g canister filter? So Substrate does not really matter I was thinking sand. Although you mentioned that you getting a 100/150g tank on a first floor I was under the impression that it would fall trough the floor?


If you search my posts I basically asked all of these questions regarding to cycling filtration and stuff these guys are the best and wont steer you wrong. As far as the tanks weight I was told that as long as your near weight bearing walls your ok. Like a wall that is at the end of your home meaning the outside of the house is on the other side. Not sure if that explains it. Also having the poop visible on the top of the sand is a good thing makes cleaning during water changes fast and easy. If money isn't a concern I would go with the 2217 and the ac110 you could set the ac up as mostly mechanical and the 2217 has a ton of bio so cleaning them would be easy with the ac being clean more frequently (becasue of ease) and the 2217 every few months ( all advice I recieved on this site)

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Re: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

Hello and welcome. Dont fret about tank weight. A full 75g exerts about the same pound per inch pressure as a full sized fridge. I have a 6ft 125 on an upper floor, against an outside wall, not worried in the slightest. Get the biggest tank you can manage. Good advice for filtration given so far. I highly recommend the API Filstar(Rena) canister line. I have several, the oldest being about 7-8yrs. It runs silent and works as well as it did on day 1. Bit of a running commentary on site here, with our Admin Darth hating this brand. As skilled and experienced a fishkeeper as you will find anywhere, but his Rena filter truly is a POS. I think it hates him!(LOL). Eheim 2217 will do great should you choose this brand. I also run several AC110 hob's, again, a great filter imo. Great mechanical and decent bio. Good luck with your upgrades, keep us posted


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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

Oh yeah I just set up a 55 to house and oscar for a few months until I purchase the larger tank and totally agree with what darth and suprd said about the larger tank if you can get the 75 or larger. My O is pretty small but when you consider how big they get I would not house him in his current tank permanently. Also the extra gallons may help you extend length between wc more water to hold all the nitrate build up...just an idea

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

Just another observation on a 55g tank. I have one that I recently used as a hospital tank for an 11in Oscar. She spent 2 weeks in it, got over her ailment, and was returned to her permanent home with her mate. It was blatantly obvious that the tank was far too small for her as a long term home. And she is less than 2yrs old and not done growing. I keep another Oscar, a bit bigger at 12ins in a 5ft 120g, by himself. He uses all the space and even still does not have "too much" room. These fish get big, and quickly. Big fish= big tank= more enjoyment for you!


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Goranothos replied the topic: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

I have had a 150 gallon tank in my first floor dining room for around a year now (house has a basement). Tank is five foot long. It is against a weight bearing wall, and the length of the tank is perpendicular to the floor joists, so there are four joists supporting the tank. No problems so far.

Unlike Darth, I am a fan of the Rena canister filters. I use an XP4 and it is the best filter I have ever used in regards to quality and ease of maintenance. I have also used, and continue to use, the Eheim classic line and they are great filters, but not quite as easy to service as a canister with trays, such as the Rena XP series. The Eheims also use metric tubing, which is annoying in the U.S.

As for HOB (hang on back) filters, I'm pretty much sold on the Aquaclear line. I really like the Intank media baskets as an assessory, but they are expensive.

www.mediabaskets.com/

Regarding heaters, Eheim Jager is my first choice.

Good luck, and keep posting.

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Fielder replied the topic: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

We used to keep large CA cichlids. We used no canisters (was afraid of water leaks draining tank of carpet).
Suction cupped two huge powerheads to one the side of aquarium.
Attached 3 very long and wide large cylinder sponge filters under the 2 powerhead inlets (4 sponges would not fit as the tank was only 18" deep).
We used a T to separate two sponge tubes to one powerhead, and the other powerhead just had one sponge attached. We also suction cupped the thermometer to the same side of the tank.

*Everything was now inside the tank: impossible for problems to leak all the water to the floor: impossible !

Now we dropped in a eggcrate ceiling panel to divide the tank. The tank was 72".
The division changed it to a 67" section and a 5" section tank. The filters and thermostat was in the 5" wide section, the fish in the 67" wide section.

Leakproof and fishproof: the fish could not get to them, try as they might :).

And very cheap too !
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Fielder replied the topic: Advice on best filter/heater/substrate

Reason we used this method: bought our first tank, asked the aquarium store saleman what if this expensive canister filter on display here leaks the water on the floor if something in the connection breaks?

He replied, check our fish room, in some of them everything is inside the tank, can't leak.
So the method above that we used was just copying the aquarium shop.
They used other methods in their fish room too with hoses running out of the tank, probably using cannisters.
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