Is this enogh filtration for my tank, I have 2 whisper 60s and 1 marineland 350 canister,1 marineland 350 bio wheel so I have about 1,200 gph bc the whisper are kinda old otherwise I would have 1,380 gph
If the tank is drilled but you don't want to use the the holes you can install a bulkhead (the fitting installed on the hole to allow piping to attach at the tank wall penetration) and cap it, if it already has bulkheads then you just need pvc caps of the correct size.
Alternatively I have heard of people siliconing a piece of glass over the hole, personally I have never used this method though.
I do agree with Chris99 though, sumps and the flexibility they provide can't be beat.
I appreciate all your responses. I definitely need a better grasp on the setups y'all have recommended though.. (for example attaching canisters, bulkheads, etc.)
I wouldn't consider myself a newbie to fish keeping anymore but like I said earlier my only experience thus far has been with HOB filters. As far as a sump setup goes, how large does a sump need to be for a 125? I currently have a spare 10 gallon tank that I would be willing to use as a sump if that's possible..
Magnus919 Can you describe the overflow and ball valve a little more? How do you set yours up?With a long enough sump you can do some really wicked mechanical and biological filtration that will have that water crystal clear. It'll also give you a place to hide the heater, and all of your evaporation will show up outside of the display tank.
I'm actually really regretting that I didn't drill my 65G. Once you have a good sump system, it's hard to go back to canister or HOB.
My 73G reef has an absolutely silent sump even though it's got a 4,000GPH return pump. The trick is having a multi-stage overflow and having a ball valve on the intake plumbing to prevent it from sucking air (which is where the noise comes from). It can take a little fiddling to get that right but it's worth it in the end. Most folks who complain of noisy sumps either don't have or don't use a valve on their intake plumbing.
Magnus919 Can you describe the overflow and ball valve a little more? How do you set yours up?
I'm sorry, I think I've hijacked your thread. Gonna start a new onemy tank has two 1.5" ports on the same side about 6" apart. Im split on sump tank or canister, Its for a single Oscar. This is my first "big" tank all my others have hang on back filters. What are pros/cons or recommendations not sure whats the best route for me
From what ive read they have a large bioload too. So i think my safest bet is to get the extra filtration.More filtration the better in my opinion, do the fx4 as well if you can. Cichlids are quite messy, high bioload. Can't say on the young arrowana.
Im not an expert but i don’t think you need that mich unless you are keeping the most sensitive fish.I have 3-125 gallon and I use (3 of each) - 1-FX6, 1-Fluval 405 and 1-Emperor 400, In each tank
Not sensitive fish, but way over stockedIm not an expert but i don’t think you need that mich unless you are keeping the most sensitive fish.