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Hello, I'm new to the forum and wondered what the experts have to say about new tank setup. It's been quite a few years since my last tank was setup so I thought I would ask which filter you would suggest as best.

Here is what I'm considering.
75 gallon
Cichlid sand as substrate (maybe crushed coral) 1-2 inches max.
Male aulonocara show tank (10-12)
Syn. petricola (3-4) Because I love syn cats
l.brichardi (4-5) I know these are from the other lake. but my wife always loved these little guys

Really do not want canister filters so was considering power filter, specifically Bio-Wheel (1 or 2) depending on size. Or Emperor 400 power filter.

If I stick with power filters is it ok to get one for that size tank, or 2 smaller filters?

Thanks, in advance.
 

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I would pick the Aquaclear over the Emperor any day. I know alot of people are sold on the bio-wheel but the aquaclear also has a high area of benefical bacteria. I also think it is a much better filter and less economical to run.
 

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With those numbers, and the size of the fish, I would do one AC110 and one Emperor 400. The AC can be rigged for awesome mechanical filtration, which is where it shines. The Emperor can handle the bio.
 
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