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post #1 of 35 Old 01-10-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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best type of filter for 55 gallon tank

Hello all. I am new to the forum and have a question. I have a 55 gallon tank that i purchased in 2009 from petsmart and have been running a top fin 60 filter system. I was wondering if there was a better and quieter filtration system i could use.
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post #2 of 35 Old 01-10-2011, 05:12 PM
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Hi.

I just got a 55 gal set up and I'm running an Aqueon 55 in it. It is a hang on back kind. Its very quiet. There are canister filters that are also very good.. better in many ways and I think are quiet as well.. but are more costly.

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post #3 of 35 Old 01-10-2011, 05:22 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

There are better filtration systems, sure. I would either get a second filter like you have, or replace it with either an AC110 or a canister.

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post #4 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 05:29 PM
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I personally think that Aquaclears are the best HOB filter on the market. I would go with an Aquaclear 110 on a 55 gallon tank. If you would are looking for a canister filter and don't want to shell out a ton of cash I would go with Cascade 700 or 1000. I have a cascade 1000 on my turtle tank and it does a great job. I think I paid $100 for it, which is very reasonable for a 265gph canister.
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post #5 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 05:48 PM
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I like my Fluval 305 on my 45 gallon, it would be plenty powerful enough for a 55 gallon. It's a canister. They are a little more costly in the short run, but in the long run they open up a lot more possibilities with your tank.
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post #6 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 06:20 PM
hi I have a rena xp2 and i can barely here it while i watch my fish... I'd recommend the xp3 for a 55 gallon. they are on the more spendy wise but the quality is good... I heard that rena moved there factories to mexico from germany and their quality dropped, mine is from mexico and it is still great but ,y aints is from gergmany and is silent, I cant hear it from a foot a way

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post #7 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 06:21 PM
also, Ehiem I hear is good

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post #8 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 06:24 PM
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I like my Fluval 305 on my 45 gallon, it would be plenty powerful enough for a 55 gallon. It's a canister. They are a little more costly in the short run, but in the long run they open up a lot more possibilities with your tank.
X2. I've been running Fluval canisters for years and love them.

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post #9 of 35 Old 01-11-2011, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info guys. If I go with a canister will I also have to have a bio-wheel?
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Thanks for all the info guys. If I go with a canister will I also have to have a bio-wheel?
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No need really, canisters are great for growing nitrifying bacteria. In my canister I have just a course sponge and biomax/ceramic rings. Basically it is just a biofilter.
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