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What Filter Should I Get!?!?
Old 12-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
 
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Question What Filter Should I Get!?!?

Hey there!
I'm a bit new to this but,
i was just wondering what filter i should get
I've been comparing two filters and stuff for over a week and have
come up with a list of things i needed that costs $72.89 for Petmountain.
And so i'm deciding between Marineland Penguin Bio-Wheel Filter or
a Tetra Whisper Classic.
The Whisper is like one to two dollars cheaper than the Penguin.
So just want to hear what you guys have to say.
I am thinking about getting the Tetra Whisper Classic.

(here is the links)

Marineland Penguin Bio Wheel Power Filter Aquarium Power Filters

Tetra Whisper Power Filter Aquarium Power Filters
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:15 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum and the hobby! I am running the biowheel 150 on my 29 gal right now. I love it. It has never given me trouble. I removed the carbon insert and just use an aquarium sponge for mechanical filtration. Never having used a tetra filter, I can't speak to its ability. But I can tell you that going to cheapest route with aquariums will often get you into trouble.

Hope this helps!
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
 
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I don't use HOB filters, I prefer canisters. They are more expensive but sometimes you can find them pretty cheap on craigslist. They stay hidden underneath the tank, have more flexibility for media and provide better flow. Just my .02 cents.

What size tank is this going on?
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
 
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If you want a HOB get an AquaClear. Best HOB filter there is and very popular. You can find them used cheap pretty often and even new ones aren't that much. Very versatile and they are work horses.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:59 AM   #5
 
+1 on AquaClear - I have two AC 70's on my 60g. and they're great, allowing me to decide what filter media in what order. One is full of Seachem Matrix, the other is sponge, (now) Seachem Purigen and filter floss.
The filters you mention are cartridge filters. Although somewhat convenient, cartridge filters are like razors and razor blades (they practically give you the razor cause the real money is in blades!) - compared to sponge and floss, the cost of somewhat less effective cartridges can add up over time. Cartiridges typically have carbon inside and the usefulness of activated carbon is very short lived.
I'm also not sure, after pondering some, that I buy into the true effectiveness of the bio-wheel. Maybe it's a fun biological Ferris wheel carnival ride, but I think water passing through a sponge is a better platform for a beneficial bacteria colony.

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Old 12-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #6
 
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Thanks for the info so far guys!
If you do recommend AquaClear does it come with the sponge and stuff?
Gotta make myself a budget and find some nice prices.
Looking for a budget friendly filter
Will upgrade when i get the $$$.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #7
 
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Do you have any pictures of your Aqua Clears?
It would be great to see what kind you have then i can get a general idea of what i might be getting or not.
Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
 
I dislike like HOBs and don't use them, but if you are going to get one I agree with the aquaclear being one of the better ones out there.

While canisters are wonderful filters. They are not really worth the price except on large tanks. On small or medium tanks its very easy to make an efficient budget filter so thats the route I normally go. .
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:44 PM   #9
 
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Thanks for the info so far guys!
If you do recommend AquaClear does it come with the sponge and stuff?
Gotta make myself a budget and find some nice prices.
Looking for a budget friendly filter
Will upgrade when i get the $$$.
The AquaClears come with one sponge, one bag of ceramic rings, and one bag of carbon. Save the carbon for when you really need it, and IMO ditch the rings and get a another sponge. They are pretty inexpensive and BigAls actually has their own version for very cheap. Ebay has been the cheapest I have seen the AquaClear brand (Hagen) sponges.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:46 PM   #10
 
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Do you have any pictures of your Aqua Clears?
It would be great to see what kind you have then i can get a general idea of what i might be getting or not.
Thanks!
An AquaClear is an AquaClear. There are different sizes but they all look the same and there is only one model. This link will show you what they look like.

Hagen Aqua Clear Power Filters

What size tank will this be for?
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