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Old 07-22-2009, 11:03 PM   #1
 
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New Filter?

I think I know the answer to this question but should I get a new filter for my 29 gallon tank? It is a charcoal filter that has been used for nearly 20 years. I assume these things wear down eventually but I honestly have no idea and would like to make sure before I go and get a new one.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:37 AM   #2
 
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charcoal becomes useless in a matter of weeks. if you have 20 year old charcoal ... and everything is fine.. the chances are you dont even need it. Use charcoal to filter chemicals out of your water ... after let's say.. medication .. or any other toxins. You really dont need to use it 24/7/365
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:58 PM   #3
 
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So should I just not have a filter at all in my tank? I feel stupid if I've been running a useless filter for years. Oh well lol. What should I do to keep the water filtered?
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
 
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Can you post a picture of your tank. I think you may have an old fashioned charcoal bubble filter, which would at this point be biologically active. Removing it could become a problem. Lets see it first.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:49 PM   #5
 
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Well I know it is an old fashioned bubble charcoal filter. But I have no fish in the tank currently and no water either. I am completely re-doing it. Would a waterfall filter do the trick?
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:25 PM   #6
 
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I would ditch your UnderGravel(UG),filter,and get a Hang On Back filter instead(HOB).
These are the waterfall type you mentioned.
Here are a couple of ones most people use.
I would go with a 350 if you go with this one,
Aquarium Power Filters: Marineland Penguin BIO-Wheel Power Filters
Or the 50,if you go with this one,
Aquarium Filters: Hagen AquaClear Powerfilters
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:30 PM   #7
 
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Alright I decided to go with the Marineland Penguin filter =) Thanks for all the help guys
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:09 PM   #8
 
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Good choice.For that price,you won't find a better filter.I have several Penguins and Emperors running,and I highly recommend them.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:03 PM   #9
 
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I bought it and so far it has worked like a charm. Thanks for the advice. I'll be posting pictures soon of the tank as soon as I've finished it =)
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