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Old 10-08-2007, 03:23 PM   #11
 
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yeah definitely keep the filter on at night. The biowheel is not just there for looks, lol. The power consumption isn't that much actually. I used to run a tank with a large canister filter, lights, heater and air in a house with 3 other guys while in college. They were concerned that they would pay a lot more when we split the electricity bill so I could have my fish tank. However, the bill after the tank was set up was hardly any more than when it wasn't set up...especially compared to computers and air conditioning. I also agree that for a 29 gallon tank go with a 50 gallon penguin or emperor filter...they rock. You could go even bigger but you may have to customize the hood. I had a 50 gallon penguin filter on my 18 gallon tank (same width and length as a 10 gallon but taller). To fit the filter I simply used a jigsaw to make the opening on my hood big enough.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:07 PM   #12
 
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thx will keep it on.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:09 AM   #13
 
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I would suggest a AquaClear 50 or 70 you have more options as far as filter media to use. and i think they work better than a bio wheel. for i rune both bio wheel 350 and 200 and a 150 on some tanks and yes they are really good filters but the tanks i have the AC's on seem to be clearer and cleaner looking. just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:03 AM   #14
 
Oh no doubt bullseye, but the matter is I just stepped into the aquarium world and this is my first tank. Its only been setup for 1.5 weeks and I would rather use the equipment I have now until it breaks, then replace it with an upgrade.

I've been bitten by the "upgrade" bug on nearly every hobby I've ever done and for once I need to just stick with what came out of the box. I was just looking for some insight on how to improve what is already there and it seems the RENA sponge is my best bet.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:52 PM   #15
 
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Bullseye, I agree the AC has a better cartridge in it, the problem with the AC's in my opinion though is the lack of set biological filtration. I personally am onboard the marineland train right now, i think though the carbon cartridge is lacking abit overall biowheels are worth it over the AC's.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:13 PM   #16
 
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I think the AC filter can have more bio than most filters. my uggestion would be to get 2 AC 50 do one with mech and the other bio on one tank. this i how my 2 110's are on my 120.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:06 AM   #17
 
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I think the AC filter can have more bio than most filters. my uggestion would be to get 2 AC 50 do one with mech and the other bio on one tank. this i how my 2 110's are on my 120.
I would suggest against this...sorry. Both filters will bring in the same ammount of debris and you don't want waste and debris collecting in your bio-media. The Aqua Clear's are good filters as well and I actually use the aqua clear biomedia in my canister filter because it's good stuff. Each filter has 3 spots for media and I would at least reserve one spot in each for mechanical to keep your biomedia clean.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:52 PM   #18
 
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Short of getting a canister, AC are very versatile and you can do almost anyting with them. The main chamber can have a sponge with bioballs or Biochem stars for both mechanical and biological and if you want to you can add some more over the top of the side chamber for even more biological.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:55 PM   #19
 
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the new emporos have this too, which is cool, so you can have the biowheel, a basket for other media, and then the regular cartridge. I also love the fact that you can modify your intake tube to have an almost skimmer like attachment to suck anything off the top of the water surface.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:04 PM   #20
 
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I wish that most of the filters had a larger chamber so you could really customize them better. Emprors are good filters and with the type of attachments you all say they have now would be very useful for those unexpected oddities that come up with our tanks so often.
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