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which would be better fx6 or sump for a 84"x24"x24" tropheus tank?

i actually like the thought of the fx6 vs the sump but would like to hear your opinions.

any need for 2 fx6 on this size tank? i know they can go up to 400 gallons
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On my 180 gallons 6x2x2 ,I'm currently using 2 x FX5s and 1 x Rena XP4. I have different media configurations and all works for me. I Don't use a sump so I can't comment.
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so would you recommend 2 fx6 for a 7x2x2?
i was ordering a 6x2x2 but think ill try the 7x2x2
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The other advantage of a sump is that all of the filter intake water is surface skimmed, hence water turnover at the surface. Plus with a sump, you can clean the prefilter weekly and avoid the nitrate factories that canisters bring to the game.i believe in carbon and a sump is easy to change carbon every 2-3 weeks.

Run a big submersible Pump, the heat helps warm the water as a side effect, then run some power heads in the tank for additional circulation.
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I have been running my 8ft 240 for 3 years now with a FX5 and two aquatop 400s with 50 plus rainbows in there and no problems as of yet. 40 to 60% water changes a week, general substrate cleaning and cleaning of the filters once a month or so. So yes you could do it, but not sure 1 FX 6 would be enough depending on the bio load, how many fish and what size fish. Fry to mid size probably fine. Adult and over 25 might be pushing it?

All that being said I have a older 48" 55 gallon that I am going to build a sump out of at some point just have not done it yet. Trying to come up with a efficient and good design.
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which would be better fx6 or sump for a 84"x24"x24" tropheus tank?

i actually like the thought of the fx6 vs the sump but would like to hear your opinions.

any need for 2 fx6 on this size tank? i know they can go up to 400 gallons
Do both if you can and if the sound of trickling water drives you nuts then just stick to the canister solution. Trickle filter do however give you the highest oxygen output (as you probably already know) and really don't need to be cleaned as often as the canister do (if no prefilters are used in the sump) and it really depends on what you plan on keeping in that nice size tank of yours. If gobies are in the future then for sure get a sump. Gobies are oxygen hungry cichlids (so I've read) If you do however stick with the canister solution then water movement (surface agitation) would/should be key to a healthy environment for your tanks inhabitants. Good Luck!
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If possible,using a sump is much better IMO but I will say I have a total of 7 FX5 or FX6s in my fish room and I love them.
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so would you recommend 2 fx6 for a 7x2x2?
i was ordering a 6x2x2 but think ill try the 7x2x2
Absolutely 2 of them.
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I've got an Fx5 and an Fx6 on my 4x2x2 Tropheus tank, works great although slightly ott!!
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