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    Starting a 2ft planted tank

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    Hi everyone, I am planning to start a 2ft planted tank and had been looking around. Was leaning to external canister filter as the tank will look "cleaner". I would like to ask if a fluval 206 better or a OSAE filtosmart 100 will be sufficient.

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    Re: Starting a 2ft planted tank

    My honest advice is, based on experience, is to ask you if can go bigger based on budget and space in your place.
    I will always recommend bigger because there is always the tendency to upgrade to a 3ft or 4ft tank in the future.
    It's better to setup once, the biggest you can accomodate and afford. Bigger tanks have a bigger margin for error if you overdose or skip a scheduled water change due to unseen circumstances.
    For me either one is ok but I prefer an eheim because almost all spare parts can bought either locally at places like qianhu or bought online. Just a case in point a friend bought a 2nd hand eheim canister. The rubber gasket dried out and inlet nozzle broke during installation. Both items was replaced with spares bought at qianhu.
    Anyway, if you have a budget to stick to, get one with 10x flowrate minimum based on tank volume. Fluval is on par to Eheim imho but OASE is the new kid on the block.

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    Re: Starting a 2ft planted tank

    Just to add Fluval 206 flowrate is 780l/hr and OASE 100 is 500l/hr.
    If based on a 2x1.5x1.5ft tank, 55L, Fluval 206 is the better choice as the theoretical flowrate is affected by tank waterline height to filter and whatevever media you want to add in your filter.
    If you where to add a chiller at filter outlet, that will further reduce flowrate.
    Bear this in mind.

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    Re: Starting a 2ft planted tank

    Agree with Greenie, eheim has better options and 2nd hand sets are available on Carousel at 1/2 price. You just need to test it for leaks before use.

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    Re: Starting a 2ft planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by torque6 View Post
    Agree with Greenie, eheim has better options and 2nd hand sets are available on Carousel at 1/2 price. You just need to test it for leaks before use.
    and as long as it is not crack, you can easily get Eheim spare part to fix.
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    Re: Starting a 2ft planted tank

    Thank you greenie, torque6 and Shadow for the info.

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