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Penguin 350 vs Emperor 400 vs Aqua-Clear

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Penguin 350 vs Emperor 400 vs Aqua-Clear
Old 01-20-2009, 11:23 AM   #11
 
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I have been reading a lot about the AquaClear 70 and just for the sake of conversation here are some benefits.

You can put any type of media in it, but it allows you to customize the filter media (you really only need carbon when trying to take the medications out of the water). So you can double up on the mechanical filtration and then put a load of Bioballs in there for the biological treatment.

Sounds alot like a canister but is in a HOB format!

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Old 01-20-2009, 11:34 AM   #12
 
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Not as good as a bio-wheel style filter. Canisters do their thing because they have a lot more filtration surface and slower flow through them. This greatly increases contact time between the water/contaminants and the filtration media. While the style of the Aquaclear is somewhat like a canister the residence time and such is nothing like a canister. It's better than many HoBs but it is not as good as a biowheel.

Biowheels have several benefits. First, the bacteria that perform the breakdown of ammonia and such are aerobic, and they benefit greatly from the exposure to atmospheric oxygen. This allows a bio-wheel filter to support more fish. From a design stand point the biowheel is easier to maintain, during normal filter maintenance you'll never touch it. Unlike so many other filters a biowheel's wheel isn't disturbed during normal maintenance. It doesn't clog up, it doesn't break down. When I clean out my filter I can clean all my sponges, rinse off my biomax pellets (kept for seeding new aquariums) and clean the intake and such without ever having to worry about upsetting the biofilter.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:38 PM   #13
 
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I had an aqua clear on my 45 gallon tank. Couldnt keep the thing clean. So i went out and bought an Emperor 400.
Literaly in 1 day the water was alot cleaner. in 1 week the water was Crystal clear and it did an excellent job at maintaining it. I have gone 4 months without changing the water in my 45 and it doesnt smell like fish. and everything is just how it was the Day I stoped changing water. I dont suggest it because of Nitrate build up.

What im saying is Emperor 400 is the Way to go, only thing is when you open the box you get a nice surprise of Tiny Pieces of charcoal Everywhere. lol Ive got two Emperors and so easy to maintain. its the Jesus of all filters.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:49 PM   #14
 
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Excellent! Since you don't need carbon all the time, what is the best media to put in the clamshell basket for everyday use? Also do you put some sort of extra sponge in the filter as well?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:50 PM   #15
 
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If you purchase the aftermarket filter frames from Dr. Foster's I'd advise to just add filter pad to it. Since you aren't chemically filtering I'd just add more mechanical filtration. In the baskets I add biomax pellets for seeding the filters in new tanks.
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:09 PM   #16
 
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If you purchase the aftermarket filter frames from Dr. Foster's I'd advise to just add filter pad to it. Since you aren't chemically filtering I'd just add more mechanical filtration. In the baskets I add biomax pellets for seeding the filters in new tanks.
Where can you get the "filter pad" from?
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:32 PM   #17
 
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I think most pet stores carry filter pads or blue floss material in sheets. You can then cut it to fit the clam shell. I usualy pick mine up from Petsmart.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:34 AM   #18
 
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Exactly, I got mine from Petsmart. I think mine is a replacement pad for a Magnum filter. It's just blue bonded mat.

Aquarium Mechanical Filtration Media: Blue Bonded Filter Pads
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