04-19-2011, 10:04 AM
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I have experience with a Penguin/Marineland, Ageuon, and Aquaclear. The aquaclear so far hs been the best at filtering and removing cloudy water. I like that the sponge and the filter media are seperate. I removed the charcoal and put in some of the bio media along with a second sponge. When I change the sponge I can move the top sponge to the bottom as it's mostly clean, but would have bacteria, then put a new sponge on top and keep my bio media.
The aqueon hasn't been bad. I like the water polisher. I put my own floss in in place of the filter with carbon. I cut my aquaclear 50 filter in half and it seems to work really well. But the flow isn't as high as I would like it. But it came in a kit for a 20 gallon. I might invest in a 50 gallon model for better filtration.