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What are your favorite filters and why??
Old 07-12-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
 
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What are your favorite filters and why??

I'd like your opinions (and/or links to any review sights) on fresh water filters. I have several that I've acquired with tanks bought on CL and a coupe I've purchased. I have a penguin (hang on the back) something on my 10 gallon (not impressed). A couple of hang on the back dual bio-wheel emperor?? filters that are very loud, don't care much for them either, a Marineland HOT Magnum hanger that I bought new that seem ok and (3) Marineland Magnum 2-330's and a 200 canister filters.

The Magnums were all acquired with tanks and are on their last legs, I've salvaged parts from all three to get one running and it's beginning to fail and won't hold a seal. I think I can solve that issue, but foresee a need to replace it soon as well as getting a new filter for my 110g when I set it up.

I prefer the canister style because I'd like to be able to hide everything in the tank that is not fish, plants or decoration. I would also like something that moves a good volume of water (for a 110g and 2- 55g linked together) as well as give me some current for the 110g. I'm not going to depend on the filter alone for current, but it would be nice if it did create some current. Ease of cleaning is plus as well.

Sooooo, what do you think????? What do you like?????? Any good ideas??



TIA

Brock



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Old 07-12-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
 
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nothing is more efficient than a wet/dry filter. Build one yourself, it'll cost you $40 max
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:24 AM   #3
 
For larger tanks over 100+ gallons, i think a sump would be the best. However, if your aiming for canisters, fluval and eheim are usually the best and most considered. There is a strong debate over which one is better however,a few threads on the forums have it. As for HOB filters, i beleive penguins are among the top. However, it does seem that the biowheel fails after a while if the filter is not maintained properly.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:34 AM   #4
 
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On tanks of 100 gal or larger, I would if finances permitted, opt for eheim canister filter or two. On tanks less than 100 gal, I am partial to the Emperor filters by marineland. I have five in operation and two spares. I have tuning them down to a science. They are inexpensive,reliable,and parts are easily found. With nylon bags,one can use any type filter media they desire. Ditto for canister filters. I guess I'm just old school.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #5
 
Emperors are still fairly expensive for HOB filters... Mine for a 20 gallon cost me over 30 but if i had opted for an aquaclear it would have been around 20. The main advantage of a emperor is the biowheel. However, there are other brands that have emerged with similar biowheel systems i believe so there are options for HOB filters with wheels. Most HOB filters can use custom filtermedia. Im not sure about eheim, but the fluvals use a basket system so its all custom filtration. Custom filtration is advantagous if you plan on expanding your tank to start having plants or need to alter your water chemistry. For example those with plants may want to avoid carbon and those who want lower PH can use the peatgranuals fluval sells.

Perhaps you can list a budget? DYI sumps will be cheapest, buying a premade sump will be the most. However again, sumps will offer the best filtration. Normally, people keep them under the tank and away from sight like canisters and they generate around the same amount of noise.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:21 PM   #6
 
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nothing is more efficient than a wet/dry filter. Build one yourself, it'll cost you $40 max

That's could be a good way to go. I don't know much about them can you post a link to a schematic or discussion regarding building your own???


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Old 07-13-2009, 02:52 PM   #7
 
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On tanks of 100 gal or larger, I would if finances permitted, opt for eheim canister filter or two. On tanks less than 100 gal, I am partial to the Emperor filters by marineland. I have five in operation and two spares. I have tuning them down to a science. They are inexpensive,reliable,and parts are easily found. With nylon bags,one can use any type filter media they desire. Ditto for canister filters. I guess I'm just old school.
I have 2 of the HOB emperors, each on a 55g right now, they seem to do a good job, but one of them is just really loud. I may just need to change the impeller, not sure, it almost sounds like it's rattling??? Strange. The plan with these 2 55's is to join them with a 'water bridge' for a big Cichlid tank. I can keep using the 2 emperors, but I think I need to add a canister in the mix to move water through the bridge from one tank to the other. I'm thinking about the Marineland Magnum 350 PRO. But I have admit I'm a bit confused about the whole topic. Some say not to use bio-wheels with plants, some say not to use sumps with plants. I'm sure it's nowhere near as complicated as it seems to be.

I thought soliciting opinions would just get me a list of filters that I could then research and choose between, but apparently there is more to concider than just 'washing' the water. So let me try to give you more info and see what we can come up with.

Tank 1: this will be (2) 55g tanks 48"x13"x18" side by side on a custom stand (not yet built) they will be joined by a 4" clear acrylic water bridge. One tank will be well planted (penny wort, temple green, parrot feather, rotala wallichi, italian Val and java moss) the other may have some low growing grasses, but will mostly be rock piles, caves and ledges. They will be stocked with cichlids (probably malawi).

Tank 2: was a salt water tank 110g 60"x17"x24" that I found on CL on the cheap ($55), it has 4- 2" holes in the bottom for a sump system. I was going to install bulkheads and seal the holes, but after reading some of the replies, I'm reconsidering using the sump instead. This tank will also be heavily planted and I'm thinking only 3/4's water with plants above and below the water line (like a vivarium?? not sure if that's the right term). The inhabitants will be the loaches and fish that are currently in the 55g under my 'aquariums' by my avatar.

I would like to spend as little as possible, but will spend whatever is necessary to create an attractive and healthy environment for my fish. I'm just hoping to short cut the mistakes made by most newbs and start with what the experienced use now.

THanks for your time and patience,

Brock


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