gallons per hour

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by wilfie, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. wilfieNew MemberMember

    I'd like to get more info on Gph and filters

    As I understand it
    the more gph you have the more fish you can have

    Any one out there to help me?????

  2. GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    Your statement is not necessarily true. Sometimes you can cheat a little by adding more fish and upping the filtration, but that's not usually the best way to keep a tank. African cichlids in a tank would be an example of when this is done on a regular basis because overstocking keeps the aggression down in these kinds of tanks.
  3. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    You would normally want to run ten times your tank volume through your filter in an hour. For instance if you have a ten gallon tank you would want your flter to be rated 100gph. so when you buy a filter this is what you want to look for.
    It won't help you overstock your tank but will help keep the fish you have in cleaner water ;)
  4. wilfieNew MemberMember

    I hope I'm not out in left field here
    But I get the impression

    that it's possible to keep
    AFRICAN CHICLIDS in larger numbers than
    1" per gallon


    Is this a stupid thought on my part
  5. GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    Yep. Overstocking is a way to keep the aggression down in these fish. You will have to bump up the filtration though on these tanks.
  6. wilfieNew MemberMember



    How much extra filtration and how many CHICLIDS

    can I put into my 30 gal tank

    These would all small ones to start of course

  7. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    You really need to research what kind of cichlids you want to put in your tank. It's kind of hard to say "just get 20 of any kind and chuck them in ;)". also research what their adult sizes are going to be, thats always a consideration.

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