03-23-2011, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by LasColinasCichlids
No clue to the answers to your questions regarding this filter.
However, I so know your pain on finding a quality filter! I started with the typical HOB Top Fin 30 that came with the set up...replaced it 3 weeks later with the Marineland Penguin 150 Biowheel...after about 2 months it let me down and wasnt picking anything up right leaving my tank cloudy. So yesterday I added the AquaClear 50 to run with the Biowheel...I am now in heaven!!!
As far as the carbon insert, I would assume that is optional to the filter. (My tank is lightly planted, but I use active carbon inserts on both of my filters and it hasnt bothered my plants...could just be the type of plants I have, no clue as I am new to planted.)
Good Luck with your new filter!!!
yeah the penguin was doing it for me until I did maintenance and it made a horrible sound and yeah then I got that magnum thing because at the front it said "silent" in bold..definitely not silent and it was super complicated a total pain in the butt to operate.
now with this ehiem filter its just...wow...if the aquaclear lets you down later on go for the ehiem its sooo worth it:)