06-09-2007, 08:51 AM
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Be careful of buying any kind of boxed kit from a retail store. I have worked for several pet supply companies and generally pre-made kids are made just to be inexpensive. Many would agree that a 20 gallon filter is too small for a 20 gallon tank and it is usually worth it to go bigger with filtration anyways. Also, a lot of the filters put into kits are the older versions of the same filter that you would find on the shelf. I am not completely putting down store kits, they are often a great way to get started. But you will find yourself wanting to upgrade equipment relatively soon. I agree that checking online for someone's used equipment is often a better deal. Research the individual equipment before you go to buy though.