View Full Version : Filters for a 90 Gal tank

01-16-2005, 08:37 PM
I have a 125 with a Ehiem 2028 and a 2229. The Media is costing tooo much money.What can I filter a 90 with? Please help!!!:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

01-17-2005, 03:13 AM
ummm what media is costing you so much, we may be able to help

01-17-2005, 08:20 AM
Drill the tank and go with anatural sump / refugium type set up. I swear by them for the minimal investment.

Drill tank $15
Bulkhead and plumbing $25
Sump tank $40
Pump $50-150




01-17-2005, 09:30 AM

are you replacing the media often? it should be extremely rare that you would spend a lot of money on the media

01-17-2005, 01:25 PM
Thank you Puffy for asking teh question I meant to ask lol.:D

01-17-2005, 01:41 PM
I replace the media about every 3 months.
The 2229 takes 5L of Ehfisubstrat. The 2028 takes 2L of Ehfisubstrat and 1L of Ehfimech. Plus pads. The Ehfisubstrat is 43 bucks for 5L the Mech runs about 7 bucks Plus pads run like 10 bucks

01-17-2005, 05:26 PM
my 2 cents...

emperor 400 - eheim 2026 - penguin 1140 powerhead

great combination for my 90 !

01-17-2005, 09:40 PM
i agree with abenez, power filter/cannister combo would be my choice.

01-17-2005, 11:39 PM
you do NOT have to change the substrate media in the filters that often (in fact, you shouldn't...)

01-18-2005, 05:56 AM
How offen should I replace the media?

01-18-2005, 09:12 AM
if you have two filters on the tank, alternate months of rinsing the media out in TANK water. that will alleviate the crud that builds up, but not destroy the enitre colony of bacteria (hence the alternating of filters)

i've never changed my media in my canisters (except the sponges of course)... i wouldn't be able to afford to keep fish if i did that!!! that's really the beauty of having a canister- one large investment at first, little money spent afterwards :) HTH

01-18-2005, 10:16 AM
Thx for the info.

01-18-2005, 10:34 AM

You shouldn't ever have to replace the Ehfisubstrat in your filters. Just rinse them out once in a while. Put a sponge filter over the intake of the 2229 and that should keep any of the larger debris out of the fliter. Just rinse the sponge off w/ every water change. I have the 2329 Filter. Same as yours but w/ internal heater. I just spoke to Eheim and was told the Ehfisubstrat just has to be rinsed once in a while.

01-18-2005, 11:12 AM
sponge filter. Hard to beat if your tight on the dough.

01-18-2005, 05:54 PM
Thx everyone for the help

01-18-2005, 08:36 PM
After all the great posts my stuck between the 2028 and the 2229. I have both but with a 90 I dont think I need both. Do you think a 2028 or a 2229 and a Emperor Power Filter 400 Will work on a 90. Thx Again!!:ok: :ok: