Best Filter Ever? 180 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by sailor7x, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. sailor7xValued MemberMember

    I've heard that the

    Lifereef LFS 2-300 Split Tower Wet/Dry Trickle Filter

    is the best that true and why?
  2. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    There's no cut and dry way to say that one filter is the best. There are a lot of variables like tank size, fish being kept, bioload, plants/no plants, tank depth, and more.

    It depends on what you're trying to achieve.
  3. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree I think when you ask that question you will get a lot of different answers, also the point needs to be asked are we talking ANY type of filter or just canisters or what?

    To me the best ever filter is a sump system with a small riparian attached to it to perform a full nitrification and denitrification cycle before returning the water to the tank.


    QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    Heys guys, I think the OP was saying if that filter was the best filter for his own tank. There's a 180 gallon prefix as you can see at the top. I think he was asking if that filter was good for his tank.
  5. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I figured "best filter ever" meant... Well... Ever. Lol
  6. OP

    sailor7xValued MemberMember

    "To me the best ever filter is a sump system with a small riparian attached to it to perform a full nitrification and denitrification cycle before returning the water to the tank."

    Can you explain how this works or do you have a link to a website that explains it...

    Also are such systems easy to set up?
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  7. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    Its more of a home brewed style setup.

    Using a sump system or one you build add plenty of bio media to allow a good colony of bacteria to grow. After you get a sump working the second half is a partial water and land tank that is HEAVILY planted with a very deep substrate to allow for anaerobic conditions to exist. The plants will feed off of the nitrogen and other organics such as phosphorus. The anaerobic bacteria that grow in the deep bed of this tank will also help to convert the nitrates back into organic and gaseous forms of nitrogen. If done properly this setup would complete the Nitrogen cycle.

    The name of the game is to keep the oxygen level as low as possible in that second tank, you want it basically non existent. Once you have gone thru that tank a small air pump in the sump will help bring the water back up to efficient levels for addition back to your main tank.

    Keep in mind this is not an easy setup to build it is a complex habitat that you are creating that will involve a lot of work for what some will say is a very small reward. Personally I will be building one like this but it will be for a very large tank.
  8. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    180 isn't a very large tank? ;)
  9. OP

    sailor7xValued MemberMember

    home brewed pirahna -

    thanks for the explanation. I will keep this system in mind as I plan a large freshwater tank setup.
  10. Squirtle =)

    Squirtle =)Valued MemberMember

    wet/dry or 2x FX5s, I love the fx5s great for people who are not so sure with sumps but understand how to setup sumps now there is really no turning back love them!

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