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Old 12-16-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
 
Favorite Filter

Hi what is your Favorite Filter?

Mine are the Top fin/ tetra whisper series.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:54 AM   #2
 
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Right it's the AquaClear HOB's. Best out there IMO as far as HOB's are concerned. However, I am becoming a fan of the old school super simple sponge filter. Cheap, effective, easy to maintain...what's not to like.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:24 AM   #3
 
Fluval HOB's. Right now using 2 C4's on my 55 and they are whisper quiet compared to the 2 Aquaclear 70s that I used to have. Plus the media in the Fluval is almost like that of a canister. It doesnt have preset filter media like normal HOB's do. It has a compartment to fill with the bio rocks and a filter pad with a carbon insert. A lot better setup than the Aquaclear.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:21 AM   #4
 
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:53 PM   #5
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I agree with the sponge filter if its 50 gallons or less and as long as you don't have fish that want a high flow of water. Plus my plants seem to like the low flow rate.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:45 PM   #6
 
The AquaClear 70 and the comparable Fluval C4's are both made by Hagen and use the same motor/impeller and quite similar housing. The C4 is different in how the water flows through the compartments and that it incorporates an interesting wet/dry section in the bio-media. I like the simplicity of the popup indicator when the (mechanical) sponge filter becomes loaded restricting flow.
Both are excellent filters and rule the HOB world over cartridge filters.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:49 PM   #7
 
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The AquaClear is a great filter. I think the Fluval C series is more bell and whistle than cleaning. The only problem with the AquaClears are the horribly designed intake strainers.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
 
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The AquaClear is a great filter. I think the Fluval C series is more bell and whistle than cleaning. The only problem with the AquaClears are the horribly designed intake strainers.
As I mentioned in the other forum, I don't get your complaint as the intake strainer is not really any different than any I've seen. So what exactly is your complaint?

Also, I think the Fluval C series as an excellent filter that allows removable compartment maintenance while still providing fish keeper preferences for filter media - the fluval C's are the first HOB to my knowledge to incorporate a bio wet/dry in a HOB filter. I'll grant you that a pop up indicator based on reduced flow may not be necessary. However, IMO, both the AquaClear and the Fluval C series are much better than the cartridge type HOB power filters out there.

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Old 12-22-2011, 08:28 AM   #9
 
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I used to run for years ,,the Emperor series filter's by Marineland and liked them alot ,but the Aquaclear
110'S and 70's that I now use are much easier to clean.
No cleaning of the spray bar's,no cleaning /replacing the little plastic bearing's that help keep the biowheel turning smoothly and frequently became mysteriously lost, and more room for media.
I also love the Eheim Canister's.

I WOULD like to see larger diameter opening's for intake on the Aquaclear, for it does not take much to clog it in my planted tank but I have remedied this by placing prefilter over the intake after lopping off about one inch with a hacksaw.
Doesn't seem to be an issue in unplanted tank, but free floating$!@!! Baby tear's ,courtesy of my sister donating some plant's while I was out,precipitated the modification for me.
Aquaclear 110 pushes more water than any other HOB filter I know of, and you all know how I LIKE flow.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:41 AM   #10
 
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The intake strainer on the AquaClears is way too small for the flow they have. I have seen apple snails sucked out of their shells when they reached the intake. I have seen healthy fish sucked to and pulled through the strainer. It is unbelievable that Hagen makes the AquaClears which have the worst intake strainers I have ever seen and Fluval canisters which have the best I have ever seen. They require prefilters IME and and Hagen doesn't have anything that fits them well. Prefilters are just an unnecessary additional piece of equipment to clean.
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