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post #1 of 9 Old 10-29-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Penguin filters vs. Aquaclear filters.

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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?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-30-2011, 08:21 AM
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Hello everyone,

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.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-30-2011, 05:33 PM
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I have both (AC500 and Penguin 350's) and I like them both. On the Penguins I don't use the pre-made cartridges, instead I use foam pads meant for the Rena XP filters. And there are media baskets available for the Penguin 350's. They're only a few dollars each. I fill mine with poly-fiber batting I bought from Walmart and cut a couple layers to fit in the baskets. It's real cheap and a roll has lasted me over 3 years (and I still have some left). So i have the Rena foam and then the media basket behind that filled with poly-fiber.

On the Aquaclear, I run the foam black and a couple bags of the Bio-Max. The one thing I don't care for on the Aquaclear is in order to get to the foam block to rinse it out I have to take out the bags of Bio-Max because the foam block is on the bottom. The foam block is a real tight fit so it makes a little more of a mess getting it out than when I clean the Penguin media which is real easy to get to. Also, I always have to prime my AC when restarting the filter after a water change whereas I never have to on the Penguins. This is just my experience. Others experiences may be different. I have no experience with the smaller Penguin filters, only the larger 350 size. It seems that some with the smaller Penguins have had trouble with the bio-wheels stopping. I've never touched the bio-wheels and never had a problem with them stopping. Some of my Penguins have been running over 5 years.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-05-2011, 05:46 PM
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I have an aqua clear and it's pretty quiet only problem is that i didn't have a foam block for it and wanting to upgrade to a new filter.
Either a Tetra Whisper Classic $25 or Marineland Penguin bio-wheel 350 $27
hope you get a nice one.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-05-2011, 05:56 PM
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AquaClear because they are quiet, dependable, last for years when maintained, and give the best flexibility for media of all the HOB filters.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-14-2011, 12:29 AM
+3 on AquaClear. I'm not a big fan of cartridge filters. It's like my Fusion razor that practically gave me and now sell the blades for a small fortune - (psss - the real money is in the consumables!)

I like the AquaClear as was mentioned, we can decide the type and quantity of the media. I have two AC 70's in my 60g. One is just foam 'n floss (w/Seachem Purigen) and the other is full of Seachem Matrix bio-media.
Both run great. In fairness I have never had a penguin, filter or otherwise.

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AquaClear because they are quiet, dependable, last for years when maintained, and give the best flexibility for media of all the HOB filters.
but there is a lot of bypass
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+3 on AquaClear. I'm not a big fan of cartridge filters. It's like my Fusion razor that practically gave me and now sell the blades for a small fortune - (psss - the real money is in the consumables!)

I like the AquaClear as was mentioned, we can decide the type and quantity of the media. I have two AC 70's in my 60g. One is just foam 'n floss (w/Seachem Purigen) and the other is full of Seachem Matrix bio-media.
Both run great. In fairness I have never had a penguin, filter or otherwise.
On cartridge filters you can make your own cartridge or customize it
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but there is a lot of bypass
In more than 5 years using AC's I've never found it to be an issue.
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