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What is the best filter setup?
Old 04-09-2013, 05:40 PM   #11
 
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Best filtration IME is live plants and forget the mechanical type filters.


my .02

getting ready to switch to this method soon myself but keeping atleast 1 smaller PW to circulate water and nutrients around.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
 
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getting ready to switch to this method soon myself but keeping atleast 1 smaller PW to circulate water and nutrients around.


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Old 04-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #13
 
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lol which would be?
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:30 PM   #14
 
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I don't think $30 is expensive for a filter. Granted, it's not the cheapest option, but the OP didn't ask for the cheapest way to filter the tank. Is the mini canister better than a sponge at maintaining water quality? Probably not - 0 is 0 is 0. If you don't like bubbles, then it's unquestionably better. If you want a filter that's silent, nothing is quieter than a canister, except plants. What's best is a function of what you want, or don't want.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:53 AM   #15
 
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I knew there was going to be a AC plug, wait till sang finds out :P

as far as best fitler im siding with jeff the sponge and sand will work perfect and easy to maintain.
Well, the beauty of the AC HOB design (or the mini canister) over a simple sponge filter is you could put in 3 AC sponges and have a HOB sponge filter and still have the flexibility to say periodically use activated carbon and/or other products like nitra-zorb, bio chem-zorb, phos-zorb, purigen, etc. - Much greater flexibility than a simple sponge filter and most other HOB designs on the market.
Oh and the AC20 is about $22. Perhaps twice as much as a sponge filter, but 10 times more flexible.

Now one could make the case that given sufficient volume and frequency of partial water changes and some (other) means of water circulation, any filtration is optional.
On the other hand, a good filter with the appropriate media components allows us to purify water beyond what even plants alone can do...and can (or should) reduce the required frequency and/or volume of partial water changes.
Just saying.
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