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120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby mdaniel1984 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:05 pm

I've never set up a 120 Gallon tank

I'm in need of help/recommendation of a filter set up.

I'd prefer Canister rather than the over hang style.

Thank you kindly
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby noddy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:43 am

I used two Eheim 2217's with a Koralia 1500 powerhead on each of my 5' 120g Tropheus tanks.
Depending on the fish you stock, you might not want the extra water movement from the powerhead.
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby mdaniel1984 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:49 am

Thank you for you're reply!

I'm look at species from Lake Malawi
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby noddy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:35 pm

I have no experience with Malawi fish but I'm sure someone will chime in.
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby BlueSunshine » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:26 pm

2 fx6's or 2 fx4's
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby SoccerMbunaAndShak » Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:01 pm

Putting a sump on that size of a tank is almost always cheaper than running two canisters, but sumps do tend to be more difficult to set up and sometimes, maintain. If you don't want to drill your tank or do a lot of set up work, a sump wouldn't be for you. The 100-200 dollars more you spend with canisters may be worth it if you want ease of maintenance and setup. I personally like sumps as I have some experience with them, so set up and maintenance are not an issue for me. They also do a slightly to significantly better job in terms of filtration (depending on the style of sump). I also like the feeling of knowing you just saved a lot of money. Call me cheap, but I sure do like the extra cash lol.
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Re: 120 Gallon Filtration system

Postby gsubioguy » Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:26 pm

I've always had HOB and canisters but until recently my largest was a 75--all FW. That being said, I recently set up a 120 (drilled) so I've done A LOT of reading/research on sumps. Since both HOB & canisters are essentially plug-n-play, neither has an advantage over the other from that stand point. That being said, canisters have the potential to hold more media (both mechanical & biological) and this is important for cichlids since they can be "dirty" fish.

If your budget allows, I'd suggest two FX6s.
Current: 120g (setting up)
Past: 75g, 55g, 2 20g & 10g (funny how one turns into "I can probably fit one more")
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