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    Hello... Been lurking here for a while... this is my first post.

    I have a 55 gallon Malawi setup with 70 malawi cichlids. This setup has been up for over a year. Average size of cichlids are probably 3-4"... some bigger some smaller. mix of mbuna, haps, peacock.

    My setup:
    cocina shell and african cichlid sand substrate.
    Live rock for caves.
    950 gallon per hour Aqueon circulation pump (located 5 inches below surface on side of tank aimed up and toward front of tank)
    Temp set to 76 degrees.
    Aqueon 55/75 HOB cartridge filter on left side
    Aqua Clear 110 HOB filter on Right side (setup with sponge, and 3 times recomended biomax... no carbon)
    50% water change weekly
    Prime water conditioner used for each water change
    seagrums cichlid lake salt used to condition water.
    Additional water softener salt added as needed.
    Algae allowed to grow on back and side walls of tank.
    feeding cichlid gold and spectrum cichlid formula 2 to 4 times a day.

    Here is the question... Living in Fl power outages are common. Usually they only last for a couple hours... sometimes rarely for days. I use a computer backup power supply that provides about 9 hours of run time when one filter is plugged into it. When that battery dies, a battery operated aerator that automatically detects power loss turns on.

    Question is... What filter should be plugged into the computer battery backup and why?

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    Well I would run the 110 on it, better filtering. It just depends on the balance between power consumption and filtering.

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