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    Howdy,

    I have a 55 gallon cichlid tank with 14 mbuna and have been running with 2 filters - a marineland 220 canister filter and a penguin 350 hob filter. However, the hob filter is REALLY loud (even after cleaning) and has finally driven my wife to demand that I get rid of it. My questions:

    • Is there any way to get the penguin filter to be quiet?
    • The canister filter is rated for 55 gallons, so in theory I should be able to run with just that, but in real life does that work?
    • If I do replace the hob filter, would one rated for 100 gallons be preferred to two rated for 55 gallons, or does it matter?


    Thanks in advance.



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    Quote Originally Posted by djannati View Post


    • Is there any way to get the penguin filter to be quiet?
    • The canister filter is rated for 55 gallons, so in theory I should be able to run with just that, but in real life does that work?
    • If I do replace the hob filter, would one rated for 100 gallons be preferred to two rated for 55 gallons, or does it matter?


    Thanks in advance.
    I think it is better to over filter a tank. canister filters always seem to be under powered for the tank they are supposed to be rated for.
    1 big filter or 2 little filters...it depends on what the flow from the big filter will be and if it will cause too much turbulence in the tank. 2 little filters is probably better and allows you to clean the filters one at a time while sustaining the biofilter



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    it also depends on bioload what do you have in the tank
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    The 350 might have sand or gravel in the impeller housing if you take a filter brush you might be able to get the substrate out. I run about 30 Emperor 400/Bio Wheel and I have to periodically clean the sand out of the impeller housing.
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