Filtration Question

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by someperson, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. someperson

    somepersonNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +3
    Experience:
    4 years
    Hi all :) I'm using a marineland emperor 400 for the filtration on my 55g cichlid tank (mostly stocked with peacock cichlids, 10 total but some are small) and am wondering if I should add another one. I've heard I should be aiming to 550GPH. If I do need more, I have an old Aquatech 30-60 (it's about 5-10 years old, was running on this tank previously). Would that be enough together? Together it's about 730GPH I think. If not I could buy another emperor 400. It took me forever to get used to the emperor since I have a weird fear of aquarium pumps

    Oh and these were my parameters last time I tested the water: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 10 nitrates.
     
  2. Cichlidude

    CichlidudeWell Known MemberMember

    Messages:
    2,277
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Georgia
    Ratings:
    +1,277
    Experience:
    More than 10 years
    Well you're not that shy of what you need. 440-550gph is what is recommended. Adding that Aquatech would be just fine.
     
  3. CheshireKat

    CheshireKatWell Known MemberMember

    Messages:
    1,145
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    California
    Ratings:
    +494
    Experience:
    More than 10 years
    If your system doesn't seem to be struggling from lack of filtration and waste and water flow, I wouldn't worry too much about trying to meet "ideals."
     
  4. david1978

    david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    Messages:
    13,028
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    pa usa
    Ratings:
    +9,405
    Experience:
    More than 10 years
    If you can hold 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite your filtration is adequit.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    someperson

    somepersonNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +3
    Experience:
    4 years
    Thank you everyone for the replies. I tend to overthink the ideal stuff lol
     
  6. CheshireKat

    CheshireKatWell Known MemberMember

    Messages:
    1,145
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    California
    Ratings:
    +494
    Experience:
    More than 10 years
    Ideals are often stressed in the fish hobby, so that's understandable.
     
  7. kgoerg

    kgoergNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    20
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Michigan
    Ratings:
    +17
    Experience:
    More than 10 years
  8. Benfreshwater

    BenfreshwaterValued MemberMember

    Messages:
    211
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Ratings:
    +147
    Experience:
    Just started
    If between your filtration and whatever current water cleaning routine you have your keeping your levels correct then your fish are in the best place for them already. More filtration won't make any difference unless you change whatever water routine you already do. (until maybe all your cichlids are fully grown or you add more).. in turn they'll produce more waste i would assume
     
Loading...








Become a Fishlore Member