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With an intended overstock, you are looking at heavy waste production. To ease the strain of a quality canister, running powerful hob filters for mechanical filtering is a sound way to go. Efficient canister for bio, heavy hobs for mechanical. The Aquaclear 110 leads the field in water movement and mechanical filtering in my experience. As Frank stated, tank size makes the decision. 180g with 50 fish? Eheim 2217 far too small. Then you need to get into the Fluval FX6, and 2-3 Aquaclears. Example of one of my larger tanks.. 2 big adult Oscars and a big Sailfin pleco. 220gal tank. Big messy fish and heavy bioload. On this tank I run 3 canisters and 3 Aquaclears. Cans need cleaning every 3 months, hobs once a month. Whatever you decide, dont scrimp on quality or quantity. More is better in the cichlid tank
 
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