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    Sump or filter for 45 gallon tank

    I have a 45 long aquarium and wondering if it's worth for me to get a sump or just to get a hang on the back filter. And if I get a sump or hang on the back, which one should I get? What do you guys recommend? Maybe the Seachem tidal? Click here to enlarge

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    Hang on back filters are not pretty but they get the job done...

    I would consider this one, about half the price of the above should still have plenty of room for extra media

    https://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Pe...gateway&sr=8-1

    or even better go up one size still cheaper and lots of extra room for media...

    https://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Pe...ay&sr=8-1&th=1

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    Marineland filters are loud as hell Haha would using a sump be worth it? If so what would you recommend?

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    Sumps are more versatile and they will work if you have the space and want to invest in setting one up, you can certainly do a lot more with them and they have greater capacity...

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    I've used the Marineland Penguin filters for years and have been pleased. Not the quietest of filters but, they do the job and are affordable. In a tank your size, I would position the filter in the middle....Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Meep Click here to enlarge
    Sumps are more versatile and they will work if you have the space and want to invest in setting one up, you can certainly do a lot more with them and they have greater capacity...
    Is there one you would recommend?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FLDave Click here to enlarge
    I've used the Marineland Penguin filters for years and have been pleased. Not the quietest of filters but, they do the job and are affordable. In a tank your size, I would position the filter in the middle....Click here to enlarge
    Is there another filter you would recommend that has a surface skimmer?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Andhon Click here to enlarge
    Is there one you would recommend?
    A sump is something I would build from scratch, so no brands, as for filters noise isn't a big concern for me so I generally go with the lower cost pumps, obvously something you are not fond of...

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