multiple tank filtration

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So with the prospect that i'll be setting up a rack with multiple tanks, likely will be doing 2 40 gallon breeder tanks alongside 4 10gs (this is still undecided). My question is, what is the best method to filter these tanks? I was thinking sponge filters on all tanks, possibly 2 sponge filters in the 40s (in case i put in dividers and also for more aeration) and chain them all into one or two high output air pumps?

Is there any other methods? I really dont want to have tons of HOB filters and cords going everywhere lol.

Is it possible to run a canister to multiple tanks? how would that work? I cant figure out the logistics unless the tanks were interconnected.
 
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Hey Jeta,
Check out harpua's fish room thread:

She's got an awesome setup of interconnected 20's (?) going on

If it were me, I'd also look at using some form of sump filtration, which might allow a larger volume of water to be filtered at any given time.

I'm not exactly sure how I'd run the input/output, but I'd look at taking from the last tank and returning to the first.

Check out harpua's setup, it should give you some good ideas
 

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I'm not a fan of interconnected tanks. One gets a problem they all have a problem. If it were me I would probably use a canister filter on each of the 40's & then air driven sponge filters for each of the 10's run by a high output air pump.
 

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I have 5.5s, 10s, and 20s running on sponge filters. The 40BR and a couple of the 20s use Aquaclear HOB filters. Nothing is interconnected. The tanks run by sponge filters are driven by a few large air pumps (Coralife Luft Pump, I can't remember the model number) and a bunch of gang valves. I would not suggest a sump filtration system unless you are getting into a marine fish only system (where you would need to medicate a lot as the fish come in from the wild with parasites, etc.).
 
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thanks for the help! I love that fishroom lol. I'm likely going to do the same thing, run multiple sponges and a few HOBs for the bigger tanks, possibly canisters if I get a good enough price. I've heard some really good reviews on the sunsun canisters (marineland design), so I may give them a try.
 

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if you wanted to interconnect the tanks I can think of a few ways to do it... some seem pretty cheap but as stated above that means that if somethng goes bad in 1 all go bad. I personnally would think individual filters would be best... if you don't want a bunch of cords everywhere you could always DIY some cord shortening and splicing to where thay would have less wires hanging but i wouldn't recomend it if you aren't good with electronics. well thats my 2 cents... hope it all goes well
 
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I'm going tomorrow morning to pick the tanks up, God is apparently shining on me at the moment because I had someone contact me with 8 HOT magnums for sale, they are rated for up to 50 gallon tanks. I would tell you guys the price but you would probably throw up a little. Will keep ya updated! Take care
 
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