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Both Filters are the same price at Dr.Foster & Smith on sale.

I have been having the same dilema aobut picking which one.

The 2080 is a monster, and would take more to clean it than the smaller 2078e.

I also wanted to give the 2078e features a shot, but anytime you had more bells and whistles there is always more oppurtunity to have failure modes.

I would get the 2080 because if your planning on having it as your only filter, you could put both suctions around the corners of the tank, and put the spray bar outlet in the middle.

That would cover your tank really nicely with flow.

With the 2078e, I'd recomend a powerhead somewhere in the tank to get more flow around the entire aquarium.
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