Bio-wheel Plus Cannister Filter?

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I've been browsing this forum for a while now, so I thought it was about time I actually posted.

I've owned a few aquariums up until now - all tropical freshwater. Recently, I bought a 125l tank which I really want to deck out and spend a lot of time/money working on. Though I've loved my past tanks, they didn't get much TLC due to study and work commitments, but now I have a bit more time on my hands to really go to town on a nice setup.

I'm putting together a wish list of all the things I want to eventually have in this new tank. Currently, I have the filter and heater that came with it, but I'm hoping to replace the filter with an external one with a bit more kick. I'm also planning to invest in a CO2 system to give my plants some love.

Anyway, I've recently been reading about bio-wheels and the huge amount of good they can do when it comes to biological filteration. My question is, is it worth having a bio-wheel in addition to a cannister filter? Or would the bio-wheel just be redundant? The filter I currently have is a Fluval U3.

My tank is planted, soon to be heavily so. It currently only houses a few cherry barbs, but I'm hoping to add some shrimp and other small shoaling fish over the next month or so.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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I think the filter is enough for the tank, although I don’t believe that is a canister filter. It’s just under 5x turnover per hour, which is sufficient. You could do both if you want to, I always go overkill on filtration for my tanks, and thats never a bad thing.
 

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Ah yes, I meant power/internal/whatever the term is for one of those. Thank you!

I was thinking along the same lines. Better to over filter than under filter, right?

A bio-wheel on its own doesn't seem sufficient, though. For a tank this size, at least. Would that be correct? Or can a bio-wheel be the sole source of filteration?
 

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Bio wheel can be the only one, but you’d need a big one. I say get it (if you have the funds of course) and if you realize you dont like both, you have an extra filter incase there’s a mishap! But over filtration is always better. I say get it.
 

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Interesting. I didn't consider the benefit to just having a spare filter, worst comes to worst.

Okay, thank you! Appreciate your input.
 

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Thank you! That's helpful to know.
 

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Hmm... I actually just realised that I probably can't get a conventional bio-wheel (the hang-on style ones) as my tank is completely covered.

Does anyone know of any that I could use? Or if you're feeling really generous, do you have any specific recommendations of makes/models?
 

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You could use sponge filter
Interesting. I've just been doing some research on these - they look super good!

I'll definitely consider this when making my upgrade. Thank you so much.
 
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