I am about to aquire a 125gal aquarium from the friend of a friend. I have been looking into the filtering for this tank and would like you to share your thoughts. This will be a planted freshwater community tank. I'm thinking about a canister filter as well as a BioWheel HOB, and an air pump.
The Fluval FX5 is too expensive and running a HOB I think I will be alright without 900+gpm. It looks like Fluval's next size down is the 405. Is it any good? @ 340gph, I will need a HOB that provides at least 400gpm, which seems like alot for a HOB. Does Fluval offer anything in between the 405 and the FX5?
Rena offers the XP4 which @ 450gph the HOB would only need to be 300gph. But I've heard it's noisy and or cumbersome to maintain.
I would ask that those of you who have used either, or both of these filters, please give me (us) your review.
Are there any other canister filters I should be looking at (Ehiem way out of reach for my wallet)? How about this one I found on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0092480294
The UV filter is after the media, which I feel would be safer for the bennificial bacteria, but I don't know how easy it would be to find parts. Seller sais it's made by same company that makes Sunsun (whatever that is?)
Please feel free also to comment if you think a different layout altogether would be better.
Thanks in advance for your replies.