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The ideal substrate for Africans is pool filter sand.

You want your GPH (gallons per hour) to total 8X to 10X hourly. I would add another XP filter...check the GPH of your current filter and buy the size XP you would need to get at least 8X total.

I see no need for power heads. I prefer to have additional filtration to go along with my water movement.
 

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I do not reduce the gallons by water displaced by rocks. For a 75G I like 750 GPH. No experience with the sunsuns. The XP filters are easier to clean than Eheim...less expensive and all parts are interchangeable. I would get another XP filter and have 2 filters...I have 2 on all my tanks larger than 55G.
 
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