10-30-2011, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by MJK87
I am planning to set up a new tank and was wondering what peoples thoughts may be on the marineland penguin filters. I noticed that they cost less than the aquaclear filters. I have had a few people tell me that the aquaclear is the way to go but I would like to get a few more opinions. If the penguin filters do just as good of a job as the aquaclear filters then there is no use for me to spend the extra money. What do you guys think?
I have 2 Aquaclears and they are quiet, good filters. I have a Penguin too, that I got from a friend when she moved. I really like that filter, it is also extremely quite. I didn't like that it had the ready made filter cartridge, so I took a AC foam block and stuck it in the bottom of the compartment. Days later, I was woken up to the filter making noise, and it was running "dry". I figured it had something to do with that foam filter pad being placed in the bottom, so I just positioned it, so it wasn't wedged in anyway. No problems after that. I think the AC is better because it lets you choose what filter media and, how much of it, you want/can fit in the basket. Penguin you can still put other filter media in that section, but you need to be a bit careful, because there is no basket, and it's really set up for their premade filter cartridge, which consists of filter fiber (small amount) and a pinch of carbon, which I don't use, and hear it is ineffective after 2 weeks anyway. Best of luck with your decision. I guess if I could only keep one, it would be the AC. But if the money is really important factor for you, I think you would find the Penguin is a good filter.