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I have a 90 gallon tank that I'll be setting up with sand and mbuna within the next few months.
I want to know if i should do 2 seperate loops or one big loop and with how many jets? 6?
I will have 2 penguin powerheads on each corner.
Currently I have one 550. Should I get another 550 or go with 2 larger ones like the 1140?
I really don't want to spend too much money as the hobby has taken its toll :roll:

I'll also be getting the prefilter kits and want to know how to set those up to the PVC

Thank you for your time and advice in advance!
 

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Can anyone tell me what kind of powerhead to use?

Another 550 or a 1140?
 

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I would do 2 separate loops with 5 jets on each. I have a Rio 2500 in my 55 running 5 jets and it is just about right. The rio is fairly compact and easy to hook up so I would suggest getting one for each loop. If you wanted to save money you could do a single loop with 6-7 jets using a single Rio 2500. You would obviously have less jets and less pressure per jet than with 2 loops, but it might work ok. My setup keeps my 55 pretty clean, but it would be better wit 1 or 2 more jets. If you want to stay with the penguin powerheads, go with the larger one. I think that the 550 is only rated at 170gph +/- so it would do 2 jets max. I have one setup on a 2 jet system and it is a bit weak. Look at Big Al's or That Pet Place for the Rio. I only paid $40 for mine and it is rated at 798gph and that is plenty for 5-7 jets.
 
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