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post #1 of 13 Old 09-30-2009, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Cool filter suggestions for 20 gallon long

I posted in the betta section but only got one answer. I'm looking for a new filter for my sorority/community tank. I'm just not loving the bio-wheel. I was looking at EHEIM 22113 or Filstar XP1 but I'm just not sure as to which would be better. I have sand subtract if that helps.

Split 20 gallon:
Gilbert(VT)
Elmer Fudd(DT)
John, Paul, and George(panda Cory)
Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty
(spotted Cory)

20 gallon Sorority
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Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Osaka and
Kagura


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post #2 of 13 Old 10-01-2009, 01:03 AM
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personally i would rec the bio wheel model since that is what i use, works great gets the job done, and cleaning is a sinch. Money
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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I already have the penguin bio-wheel and I don't like it much...Its too noisey and I find myself changing the filter media every week =/

Is the canister model better?

Split 20 gallon:
Gilbert(VT)
Elmer Fudd(DT)
John, Paul, and George(panda Cory)
Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty
(spotted Cory)

20 gallon Sorority
:
Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Osaka and
Kagura


R.I.P. Seaman and Ringo
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 03:30 AM
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You shouldn't have to change media in the Penguin each week unless you are seriously overfeeding the fish. Most folks simply take out the media during water changes and swish it around in old aquarium water(not Tapwater) and then stick it back in the filter. Only needs replaced when it literally begins to fall apart.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 07:18 AM
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I used the Emperor 400 for years, worked fine, but if you want a different filter, the 2213 is almost completely silent, and can go months without opening it for cleaning (assuming you aren't overfeeding your fish).
I also have two tanks with nothing but the Lustar HydroSponge, and these also work very well.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 10:30 PM
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Might want to give an aqua clear a shot. A lot quieter than a bio-wheel filter.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 11:24 PM
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Might want to give an aqua clear a shot. A lot quieter than a bio-wheel filter.
never had a good experience with those would either fall apart/break when i rinsed it. bio wheel models however i have NEVER had a problem with not to mention my lfs sells the parts for them cheap easy and convenient. JMHO Money
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-03-2009, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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I just hate the buzzing noise from the bio-wheel and every filter i've used has left little black carbon floating around in my tank...

Split 20 gallon:
Gilbert(VT)
Elmer Fudd(DT)
John, Paul, and George(panda Cory)
Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty
(spotted Cory)

20 gallon Sorority
:
Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Osaka and
Kagura


R.I.P. Seaman and Ringo
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-03-2009, 09:13 AM
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Eheim canister filters are not cheap, but if you have the money to spend, I think you would like one.
I would have to do some research to know which model is best suited for a 20 long.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-03-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Would a Rena Filstar xP1 be to much for a 20 gallon long? I just got a 15% off coupon from petco!!! lol

Split 20 gallon:
Gilbert(VT)
Elmer Fudd(DT)
John, Paul, and George(panda Cory)
Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty
(spotted Cory)

20 gallon Sorority
:
Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Osaka and
Kagura


R.I.P. Seaman and Ringo
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