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post #1 of 23 Old 12-02-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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For my 20 gallon planted tank, it's current filter is a HOB and I just put in floss instead of carbon. I fill the water up higher to keep the flow from disturbing the plants. I mostly have bottle dwellers living in it, sand substrate, Cory cats, AFD's , mystery snail, otto, and my swimmers are a platty (going to add 2 more when I get the 30 gallon goldfish to a pond) and a molly(who will be moving to the 30)

I was thinking a canister filter? Mine worked for a long time, but it's making horrible noises now and just it's so efficient, plus it's the one that came with the tank. Any recommendations?



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post #2 of 23 Old 12-02-2013, 09:17 PM
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Tom rapids mini canister.
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Tom rapids mini canister.
Seems pretty cool, I'm looking to save as much money as I can, since I'm in high school and my on,y job is pets sitting. Do you have that one? Does it work? Does it do a good job?


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I have it on my 10 - too strong as it was so I drilled a bunch of holes in the spraybar. I like it a lot for what it is. Could be designed a little better, but I like that the motor is on top. Sunsun makes a mini canister as well. I really like their full size ones but on the minis the motor is on the bottom, which can cause problems with sand tanks.

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I have it on my 10 - too strong as it was so I drilled a bunch of holes in the spraybar. I like it a lot for what it is. Could be designed a little better, but I like that the motor is on top. Sunsun makes a mini canister as well. I really like their full size ones but on the minis the motor is on the bottom, which can cause problems with sand tanks.
Is a mini canister just a small canister? And if it makes a difference I have titanium moon sand, which is pretty heavy. :)


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I guess maybe a canister for a 20 gallon isn't worth it. Any other recommendations?


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I think it's totally worth it. If not, I'd go with an AC50.
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Just my humble opinion, but for a 20 gal I would go for the aquaclear. Especially if cost is an issue.

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Just my humble opinion, but for a 20 gal I would go for the aquaclear. Especially if cost is an issue.
How much shoul I expect to be spending on a filter?


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for a 20 gallon, $30. No more than $50

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