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Just wondering , I am just starting with plants in an aquarium. It seems that a canister filter is best but which one is the best (even if cost is no object). I also heard that carbon is not recommended for the planted aquarium. What is best to put in a canister for a planted aquarium? At this point I am starting with a 65 gallon aquarium. I already have a CO2 system with a drop checker and a ph controller. I am using T5 lighting at 3.5 watts per gal. and Echo Complete is my substrate. My plants seem fine so far and grow well but the just don't look as green and lush as some of the pictures I have seen on your site. Any advice you can give me would be appreciated
 

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I like Eheims personally but also use the Rena Filstar filters....carbon is a good thing at polishing water and removing contaminates in any type of tank. IMO carbon only lasts a few weeks and after that becomes regular media for biological filtration....as far as the plants not looking very lush....that would require much more info to help you with....it could also be just a new setup and it needs time to settle in and get fully balanced which sometimes takes a while depending on the setup
 

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If price is irrelevant:

Ocean Clear:
http://tinyurl.com/bmv9vs

with Iwaki pump:
http://tinyurl.com/dyyzjg

You add pvc pipeing of your own design, which can include dual ouput to water circulation and CO2 reactor.

Quality, reliability...absolutely trouble free. You can go months before having to clean the filter. A prefilter on the intake tube prevents snails and such from getting into the impeller.

I've been using this setup for 10 years now, and I'm happy I did. The fish and plants are too.
 

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There was another thread in this forum discussing the same details. Hope this helps.
 
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