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Going crazy with this cloudy tank!!!
Old 03-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #21
 
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So...I got my new filter today... AquaClear 50 (for my 29 gallon tank). Originally I was going to have it running with my current Marineland Penguin 150 Biowheel for a few weeks to make sure not to kill off any beneficial bacteria...but then I got to thinking...why remove the biowheel at all? Why not run both filters for as long as I can?? Especially since down the road I plan on two big ol goldfish for that tank (or dwarf cichlids)???

And this AquaClear must be good, it was almost twice the price of my Marineland!!!

So, if no one objects, I plan on running both of these filters on the same tank indefinately.


I went with that filter too and it has improved my tank. I can see my fish I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I am also feeding less and keeping the light off more then on1
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:32 PM   #22
 
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I went with that filter too and it has improved my tank. I can see my fish I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I am also feeding less and keeping the light off more then on1
Yeah, I installed the new filter last night, and this morning I could see my fish again!! It still has a little bit left to clear, but after a good gravel vac to pick up all the rest of the dead algae I killed when there was an algae bloom, I think it will be completely clear...especially after I add some more live plants in mid-April.

Between all my fish in that tank there is never any food leftover... I often feel as though I might be overfeeding, but with none remaining after like 3 minutes, I am sure I am right on the money on amount of food. lol

I went to petsmart to get my new filter yesterday, and there was a new associate, an older lady, and she came over to see if I needed any help and saw that I was holding the AquaClear, so she asked if my filter had burned out...I said no, but its a Marineland Biowheel, she just laughed and said that I needed not to say anything more and that she knew that was a common issue. She also said the larger Marineland BioWheels, I think they are the Emperors (spelling!!), work good, but the Penguins are crap. She said folks are always in there trading it in for the AquaClears.

The tank it went on is only a 29 gallon, but the AquaClear for up to 30 gallons still only does 150 gph like the Penguin 150B, so I opted for the larger AquaClear 50 that does 20-50 gallons at 200 gph...so between both filters I am running 350 gph!!!

The AquaClear has the foam, carbon, and biomax...the Biowheel has blue fiber, carbon, and Fluval bag (for removal of excess phosphate, ammonia, nitrite, and to keep nitrate down....bought it for the phosphate removal, had a lot of issues with them getting out of control thanks to a poor filter).

So I am thrilled with the overnight results!!! And I recommend this AquaClear filter...thankfully I am aware of the need for routine care of the filter parts...have to keep up with it on the Biowheel too, or any filter for that matter!!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:44 PM   #23
 
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i don't think mondo grass is a true aquatic plant
It's not. But it stays pretty and healthy for several months in tanks before it slowly starts to yellow, at which point I would toss it before it throws my water parameters off balance. But mondo grass works rather nicely in tanks that arent exactly plant friendly...as I dont use any plant food, which seems to always work nicely for mondo grass...I have had it in there for almost a month now, and oddly it seems to have grown...if it lasts longer than expected then that works too.

I wouldnt actually recommend mondo grass...and if it wasnt at a "cant pass up" price, I would have skipped it. But it works for now...the fish love playing in it, and it is very pleasing to the eye.
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