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Offline Mgi

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Filter recommendation
« on: September 25, 2018, 11:47:11 PM »
Hi,

I am trying to find the best filer setup for my soon-to-be 300L mbuna tank. What would you recommend? I understand having two will be better solution than just one big i.e. 2x F306 rather than FX4?
Any other options like 2x Finest Filters 2000?
What wave marker would you advise for 36x24x24 aquarium?


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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 02:45:48 PM »
I'd say get what you can afford. Sounds simple but folks could tell you to get a certain filter because it's the best but it's out of your budget. If you're considering an FX4, I'd say you don't really have a budget issue ;)  So.....most here would prefer 2 filters for redundancy and for Mbuna anyway, stocking can get pretty heavy so more filtration the better. An FX4 would do just fine alone in that size tank and if you have extra filters hanging around (like most crazy fish people do  :06) than you can have a temporary replacement should something go wrong. Others hopefully will chime in too with their preference. Wavemakers, to me, are a personal decision. If your filter output creates enough water movement then you really don't need it. I use spray bars for surface agitation so I have no real circulation in the tanks. I use Aqueon pumps to get that movement. Again others will have their own ideas.
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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 05:29:10 PM »
Thanks a lot!

Been reading last few days all the forums and I will go for the FX4 and a smaller backup one. Looks like the inline heaters are quite popular so would be good to have a second filter with the 16/22 hose to keep it simple.

Tank will be in 7 weeks (long lead time) so putting together one long shopping list :)

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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 12:57:52 AM »
Aqua clear HOBs have always served me well as a 2nd filter, to compliment my FX Canisters.  I have a 75g tank running with a SA/CA stocking that's less bioload than a moderately crowded Mbuna tank, however it has an FX4 and an Aquaclear 110 on it. I alternate cleanings every 2 months and all is well.  Very true that its good to have 2 filters running just in case.. Ive learned to appreciate a large sump, more over last 5 years..
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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 03:22:10 AM »
Is it glass or acrylic?  I Like Aqua Clears, do not fit on plastic tanks. 
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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 06:56:11 PM »
Cycling starts tomorrow...





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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2018, 07:43:42 PM »
I love that depth of 24", but the tank is only 36" long.  Kind of limits your Mbunas to only dwarfs though, but still plenty of choices.
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Filter recommendation
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 10:48:04 PM »
Agree but that was all I could fit in. Now water is in so fingers crossed for a quick cycling!


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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2018, 10:08:17 AM »
With my aquarium cycling nicely I am looking now into stocking list. How many fish in 300L? I was thinking 20-25. Assuming I want saulosi what other species would you recommend to add to have more vibrant colours? How many female to male?


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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 01:46:16 PM »
I would get juvie and more than you want so you can have a good m./f ratio when they mature, swap sell the extra males. Or start another tank [emoji12]

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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 08:08:40 PM »
If Saulosi is one of your choices (and a good choice at that) I would add "White Labs" and Rustys. 
Another good one maybe Socolosi for blue.   
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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2018, 09:08:15 PM »
Thanks a lot for your help! I will be getting juvenile cichlids so a bit of luck will be involved. Will look closer at those you mentioned.


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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2018, 04:36:59 PM »
Finally cycling is over!




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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2018, 03:41:44 PM »
Is your background a 3D one or a film?

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Re: Filter recommendation
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2018, 04:29:00 PM »
Is your background a 3D one or a film?

It is a thin 3D background


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