09-26-2010, 03:57 AM
| || | Are Aqueon power filters any good?
I have an Aqueon power filter that came as part of an aquarium kit and I'm wondering if anyone here has had experience with one of those. I have my doubts about its effectiveness. Supposedly beneficial bacteria colonies grow on this plastic grid called a "bio-holster". There is a carbon filter pad that sits inside and it looks like water cascades over it, so I don't know how much good it is really doing with filtration either. The carbon insert is suposed to be changed every four weeks, but I tend to leave it in longer even though red algae collects on it and water in the tank doesn't look so great. My biggest concern is that I have yet to see a rise in Nitrate, which I know is not right after almost three months. I've also had problems with Platy stress, parasites, and death along the way.
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
I had a bio-wheel in my last little five-gallon. Inhabitants included a Platy, a couple White Clouds, and a bunch of tiny snails, along with coral and Java Ferns. The fishes were happy and healthy even though I was a total novice. I wonder if the bio-wheel made the difference. Maybe not, but it's always good to hear opinions on this stuff.