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08-24-2006, 02:15 PM
i have 150 gallon fish tank how many gallons per hr should my filter pump?

08-24-2006, 02:41 PM
Maybe it's overkill, but on my 156g I have an Emperpr 400 HOB that pumps 400gph, a xP3 cannister that pumps 350gph and an AC110 powerhead filter that pumps 900gph. Now on the Rena xP3 its states that it's enough filtration for up to 175g at 350gph so probably 300gph.

08-24-2006, 04:18 PM
wow balton that seems like over kill but i bet ur water is crystal clear

08-24-2006, 04:39 PM
On my 150 I have 2 Rena XP3's (@350 gph each) and an AC500 (@500 gph) for a total of 1200, or 8X. Much less than that for a cichlid tank and your tank might be considered under-filtered. How heavily you plan to stock it and how diligent you will be about weekly water changes are factors also).

Lots of people like to drill holes in a tank that size and set up a wet/dry system with an external sump. More trouble to sept up and somewhat noisier, but better biological filtration.

08-24-2006, 05:30 PM
whats a good brand at a good price external sump?

Steve C
08-24-2006, 06:38 PM
Pound for Pound eheim is a good pump. Mag drives are good also but loud. I would stick with one of those two brands.

08-24-2006, 07:14 PM
if your just talking pumps?
for 150 gallons, I woudl be thinking at least 1200 gph.. up to 1500