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post #1 of 12 Old 03-11-2009, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
Question about filter??

I have a Aqueon 55 in my 55 gallon tank. Is this sufficent enough or should I maybe add another filter? Also I have a 200 watt heater is this cool as well?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-11-2009, 11:40 AM
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Aqueon 55 filters can pump up to 55 Gallons. You always want to make sure that you almost "over filtering your tank". the other problem is with only one pump that pumps up to a 55G is that if it's on one side, it's difficult to circulate the other side of the tank.

here are some options:
- You could throw a similar filter, maybe something not quite as big on the other side to help with circulation.
- You could buy a powerhead to help with circulation
- Get two smaller pumps which equal the size of one big one. i.e.: Get (2) Emperor 200's on either side to get the power of (1) Emperor 400.

As for your heater, 200W will be ok. That can handle a 55G. but again, without cirulation to the otherside your tank may be a little bit cooler on one side than the other
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-11-2009, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Aqueon 55 filters can pump up to 55 Gallons. You always want to make sure that you almost "over filtering your tank". the other problem is with only one pump that pumps up to a 55G is that if it's on one side, it's difficult to circulate the other side of the tank.

here are some options:
- You could throw a similar filter, maybe something not quite as big on the other side to help with circulation.
- You could buy a powerhead to help with circulation
- Get two smaller pumps which equal the size of one big one. i.e.: Get (2) Emperor 200's on either side to get the power of (1) Emperor 400.

As for your heater, 200W will be ok. That can handle a 55G. but again, without cirulation to the otherside your tank may be a little bit cooler on one side than the other

Does aeration help? I have a bubble wall that spans the length of the tank as well as a aeration stone. Out of two of the options you listed which one would be best, the powerhead or adding a smaller filter on the other side?
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-11-2009, 06:19 PM
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I would add a second filter..

My wife rolls her eyes when I talk about getting another tank
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-11-2009, 08:23 PM
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yeah aerition does help a little bit, but it's more to help break up the surace of the water.

Add the 2nd filter, you'll thank yourself for it.
I'd also look into a better filter than your current aqueon......IMO.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-12-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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yeah aerition does help a little bit, but it's more to help break up the surace of the water.

Add the 2nd filter, you'll thank yourself for it.
I'd also look into a better filter than your current aqueon......IMO.

What's wrong with the auqeon? What would you suggest?
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-12-2009, 08:41 AM
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an emperor 400 or (2) 200's
bio-wheel 350 by marineland

emperors are very popular as are canister filters for a 55G

I am going to be putting a Marineland BioWheel 350 and 200 on my 55G in a few weeks once I get it set up
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-12-2009, 10:57 AM
Hey, if i can jump in I had to put a penguin 200 hob on my 50 as a temp while my canisters are at marineland they"re being replaced; and i must say my tank is filthy. I've never seen it like this i can't wait to get my canisters back.It sounds to me as tho your in this for the long run so you might want to checkout marineland canister filters they are recently lower priced and have a 0 bypass system plus extra space for filter media. There may be others that are better (motors) but if yours brakes they send you a new one.They claim they should last ten years.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-13-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
Well I just picked up a Emperor 400 and I still have my Aqueon 55 hooked up that should fix it. Right?
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-14-2009, 08:26 PM
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make sure to keep your aqueon the 55G until the new filter can pick up some of the benefecial bacteria.
It also would not hurt to have filter on both sides to help with the water circulation
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