Filter for 55

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by luke4313, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. luke4313

    luke4313Valued MemberMember

    Kinda stupid question im setting up a 55 gallon and I already have a aquaclear 50 (200 gph) and was thinking of getting a sunsun canister filter 304b (525 gph) should I get the 304b or the other sunsun that dose 370 gph I guess I'm wondering if the 304b will be a little over kill and if I should just save $20 and get the one with 370 gph cause I will be using the aquaclear too........the tank will be just a regular freshwater tropical no cichlids or goldfish....I'm familiar with the nitrogen cycle and I'm familiar with how to stock a tank so don't ask about that! Thanks

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  2. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    It's a bit overkill. But as long as the current isn't too strong you can't really have too much filtration. However, I think the 303/403 (370 gph) will be fine in conjunction with the aquaclear 50
  3. OP

    luke4313Valued MemberMember

    Alright cool that's what I was thinking...have you ever used sunsun or similar? Want to know if the spray bar works good or if I should just let it flow from the tube

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  4. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    I have a sunsun 304 on my 36 and am about to switch it over to my 75 along with a sunsun 404. So yes...I'm a fan of sunsuns. I use the spray bar and it does fine. I much prefer it to any other output.
  5. Jsigmo

    JsigmoWell Known MemberMember

    I like, and use the spraybar. In my tank with that filter, I have the bar mounted to the back glass, set a few inches below the average water level, and aimed upwards and outwards toward the front of the tank.

    That gives me disturbance at the water surface, and overall movement of the water in a circulating motion where it moves across the top surface, toward the front, then down the front, etc.

    It is handy, too, because I can look at the water surface to see how strong the filter's output flow is. Since I have floss wrapped around the intake of the filter, to keep from suckimg in baby crayfish, I need to monitor water flow to see when the floss is choking off too much so I can change it.
  6. SandValued MemberMember

    My susnun 304b sitting in the corner too much mocro bubbles and didnt filter good.

    I do have the sunsun 603b on a 55gallon and that one works well.

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