Best Filter for 125 Gallon

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I'm am trying to stay on a budget and not spend $400 on a filter. I would create a sump or a diy filter but my floor wouldnt be able to take the extra weight.
What are some good filters for a 125 gallon?
 

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I run two AquaClear 110's on my 120 gal. tank. They do a great job. Tidal 110's would work as well.
The AC 110's range from $75 to $90 The Tidal 110's just a little less expensive.
 
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I run two AquaClear 110's on my 120 gal. tank. They do a great job. Tidal 110's would work as well.
The AC 110's range from $75 to $90 The Tidal 110's just a little less expensive.
Is that enough filtration?
 

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Two AC 110's on a 120 gal. tank is almost twice the manufacturer's suggested filtration.
 
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I was going to very heavily plant it with fish with not a lot of bioload. Some angels, tetras, cories. Can I just run an FX4 with the help of the plants?
 

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DollyDolly said:
I was going to very heavily plant it with fish with not a lot of bioload. Some angels, tetras, cories. Can I just run an FX4 with the help of the plants?
I see no reason you can't I have about the same stock you want only thing I did was filled baskets full of biomedia. Not heavily planted yet. BUT I DO 15-20% water changes every week religiously.
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I run a FX6, Fluval 406 and a HOB emperor 400. I have a lot of plants and ( yes way overstocked ) I do 75% water changes every week. Tank is crystal clear
 

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I run a FX6, Fluval 406 and a HOB emperor 400. I have a lot of plants and ( yes way overstocked ) I do 75% water changes every week. Tank is crystal clear
The point was to budget that's about $600 worth of equipment.
 

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Bigwhite said:
The point was to budget that's about $600 worth of equipment.
Everyones budget is different. I did get the FX6 for 200.00 on black Friday ;)
 

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Everyones budget is different. I did get the FX6 for 200.00 on black Friday ;)
Jealous they were out of stock when I try to purchase. Petsmart right?
 

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Jealous they were out of stock when I try to purchase. Petsmart right?
Yes sir. I drove 53 miles 1 way to get this 1. Every LFS around were sold out within an hour
 

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DollyDolly , the Chewy site has the Aquaclear 110 on sale for $61. The PetSmart will price match them instore.

Also, the Ken's Fish site sells the Tidal 110 for around $63, no tax and free s&h.

Both prices are about the cheapest you will find.

Another budget combination to consider would be a trio of Marineland 400 Emperor HOB's that are stuffed with foam sponge blocks from Aquaclear 70 refill packs. Online the Emperor's can be had for about $39 each. There is a DIY hack on YouTube showing a guy disconnecting the spray bars and attaching vinyl hose to the output to send water back down to the bottom of the side reservoirs and he omited the bio-wheels all together. Very slick hack.

A pair of large HOB's + a pair of large sponge filters driven by a decent air pump will filter your 125g just fine.

The Ken's Fish site sells the ATI brand of sponge filters that I use. Models with "Pro" in the name use ATI's coarse foam for higher flow and less restriction.

For example, a pair of "ATI Hydro Sponge V" filters would work great with a pair of large HOB's. I use ATI sponge filters and pre-filters in my tanks and like them a lot.
 
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Islandvic said:
DollyDolly , the Chewy site has the Aquaclear 110 on sale for $61. The PetSmart will price match them instore.

Also, the Ken's Fish site sells the Tidal 110 for around $63, no tax and free s&h.

Both prices are about the cheapest you will find.

Another budget combination to consider would be a trio of Marineland 400 Emperor HOB's that are stuffed with foam sponge blocks from Aquaclear 70 refill packs. Online the Emperor's can be had for about $39 each. There is a DIY hack on YouTube showing a guy disconnecting the spray bars and attaching vinyl hose to the output to send water back down to the bottom of the side reservoirs and he omited the bio-wheels all together. Very slick hack.

A pair of large HOB's + a pair of large sponge filters driven by a decent air pump will filter your 125g just fine.

The Ken's Fish site sells the ATI brand of sponge filters that I use. Models with "Pro" in the name use ATI's coarse foam for higher flow and less restriction.

For example, a pair of "ATI Hydro Sponge V" filters would work great with a pair of large HOB's. I use ATI sponge filters and pre-filters in my tanks and like them a lot.
Chewy copies amazon with every product chewy carries. Also, I think I'm going with FX4 but thanks.
 

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Yep. I've noticed the same thing about Amazon/Chewy.

I would wager that Amazon is actually selling Chewy products and fulfilling their orders, but that is only speculation.
 

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Islandvic, great reply. IMO, the Marineland Emperor series of filters have been underrated and not endorsed as much as they should by experienced fishkeepers, including me.
I've been running a Marineland Emperor 280 for "21" years on a 65 gal. tank. Of course I converted it years ago, using Fluval replacement foam sponges in the media box. The Emperor does a really good job and runs much more quiet than my AC 110's.
 
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I am also looking to get a light too for plants. I want one that last a while and can grow mid-high light plants. I also don't want to spend a whole lot on that. Arent there lights from home depot that can grow plants well?
 

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Take a look on Amazon for the Beamswork "DA F-SPEC". They also have an optional plug-in timer to control independently the full spectrum and the blue lights.

I've run the lower cost (lower output) EA series of the Beamswork for over 1 1/2 years with no issues.
 

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