01-18-2012, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by beetlebz
filtration is an interestingly simple (or completely nightmarish) thing that has been the topic of much conversation about the house as of late.
let me start by saying that I personally dont use sponge filters. I love them, and would love to use them, but I use well water here and the scale that builds up on the bottom side of the hoods or versatops from the air bubbles popping drives me NUTS and its hellish to clean.
after many many configurations over the last 5 years on many of my tanks, know what I use the most? the old tetra whisper HOBs that I had in the parts bin that ive accumulated mostly from other people. Some are so old they still say second nature on them lol. anyway, once a tank is established, as I understand it, the bacteria mostly lives on the plants, gravel, wood, etc. On all my tanks I dont think twice about taking the pad out and putting a new on in. Parts is cheap cheap and WIDELY available, and you can get the replacement pads "bio bags" almost anywhere for not too much cash. I have an aqua clear filter, several air powered box filters (getting replaced in all but my fry tank) a penguin biowheel, an ehiem canister, and a 3 tetra filters. the easiest to get parts for, clean, fix, and anything else are the tetra filters.
im not going to say that the AC filters arent nice, and i havent tried the fluval C series, but imho a filter is a filter, save for parts and quality. Ive noticed my AC 20 in my 20L tends to get dirty and bypass alot, but its so easy to clean its not remotely a hassle. every 2 weeks or so I just rinse the sponge.
food for thought, the most frustrating experience ive had with getting a new tank to cycle, was when I first switched to a biowheel super high tech brand new must buy buy buy!! filter. Works great now though ;)
Thanks for the advise. I think I am going to stick with my current setup for now. I have no plan on over stocking my tank. As long as they continue to work and the ammonia and nitrite levels stay at 0ppm i will use them. If they brake i will reevaluate my filtration needs then and continue to monitor my tank's parameters. thnx.