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View Poll Results: What filter do you use (multiple choice)
Aqua-Clear 11 27.50%
Aqueon 5 12.50%
Fluval 7 17.50%
Marineland Bio Wheel 14 35.00%
Rena 4 10.00%
Top Fin 3 7.50%
Tetra 3 7.50%
Petco 0 0%
Canister 16 40.00%
Undergravel 0 0%
Foam 3 7.50%
Other 8 20.00%
No Filter 1 2.50%
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post #1 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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What Filter do you use?

OK so after browsing different threads there are lots of opinions on best HOB filter types. I run two filters the primary is the aquaclear the other is aqueon. I will be using the primary filter for the poll. I also put in other filter types just to see.

What filter do you prefer / Use?

20 Gallon bedroom tank
5 Guppy
3 Oto Cat's
2 Cherry Barb
1 Bosemani Rainbowfish.

10 Gallon Bedroom
4 Glofish
4 Neon tetra
1 Black neon
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post #2 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 02:07 PM
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I use canisters for most of my tanks. Only the quarantine tanks and 10 gallon have HOBs

The HOBs I use and USED to use are Aquaclears.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Would a canister be overkill for a 20g tank?

20 Gallon bedroom tank
5 Guppy
3 Oto Cat's
2 Cherry Barb
1 Bosemani Rainbowfish.

10 Gallon Bedroom
4 Glofish
4 Neon tetra
1 Black neon
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post #4 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 05:28 PM
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I have a HOB aqueon 55 quietflow and an in tank 40i whisper filter on either end of my 55g. Seems to be going good as of right now.
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post #5 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 07:48 PM
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I have an AquaClear 500, Marineland Penguin 350 Bio Wheels and Whisper filters. I prefer the Biowheel to the Aquaclear only because it is easier to access the filter media. The Aquaclear I have to pull out the whole tray and the biobags to get to the sponge at the bottom in order to rinse it. Kind of a pain and it gets water all over. The Penguins are easier to get to the sponges/media cartridges without having to move anything out of the way.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #6 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 09:01 PM
Depend on the strenght of the filter for the 20g Maybe a rena xp1. I absolutely love rena as a brand. I have a 38 and the water is clear as a diamond

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Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
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post #7 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well I swapped out my aqueon filter as in less than a week water would bypass the filter... Having to wash it every other day was not working for me. I am running aquaclear 50 and a bio wheel 150.. I know its overkill for a 20g lol

20 Gallon bedroom tank
5 Guppy
3 Oto Cat's
2 Cherry Barb
1 Bosemani Rainbowfish.

10 Gallon Bedroom
4 Glofish
4 Neon tetra
1 Black neon
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post #8 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 10:06 PM
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I have a 29g planted tank and have a Aqua Clear 50 and Ehiem 2213. LOVE my 2213 so quiet!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #9 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 10:11 PM
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I have a fluval 305 canister on my 45 gallon, and a aquaclear HOB on my 29 gallon. I much prefer the canister. I've been through 2 of the aquaclear HOB in the last 3 years.
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post #10 of 26 Old 02-10-2011, 10:50 PM
Anything but a HOB for me.

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