Originally Posted by Crocer
what kind of filter should I use for my 44.9 gallon tank? I have other filters from previous setups and am wondering if a combo of those would work. the filters I have are:
2 hang on the back filters - 15- 30 gallons
- and the other i think is good for 10-20 gallons
large and small under gravel filters
various other filters that either don't work(motor's fried), or are to small.
My BIG beef with the hang on the back filter's (HOB's?) is that when the power goes out you have to re-syphon them. This may seem like not a big deal , and it isn't as long as I am home when it happens. But there has been a more then a few times that the power has gone off while I was at work , I come home with the filter motor running but no water syphonig back through leading to the filter getting pretty warm.
I was thinking to solve this problem, I could get to power heads for the UGF and rig them up to the two HOB's( thus not having to plug in the HOB's).
What do you guy's think?
To solve the power outage issue with filters burning out, get a filter that is self-starting, most marineland filters are (but the penguin series sucks in my opinion), as well as some of the basic Top Fin ones, it will say on their box or in the instructions. Aqua Clear filters are awesome, but NOT self-starting.
Round up your tank size to a 50 gallon, and get an HOB filter made for 75 gallons or more to ensure proper filtrations... depending on fish you keep in it you can make a homemade baffle for it to limit the outflow from the filter.
Or you can always do a canister, I am not familiar with them, just their media, as I often used their media in some of my HOB filters.
It is more effective and often cheaper on electric bills to use one large filter verses multiple smaller ones, especially when working with larger tanks.
I am guilty of using an AquaClear 50 and Marineland Penguin 150 Bio Wheel on my 29g tank. But last week stopped using my marineland due to its high noise level. No big deal, the aquaclear can handle it...but in cases of power outages/interruptions, I too have to be on hand to get it started. If I am home when power issues happen, I unplugged the filter until the power comes back on to ensure I am present to start it. I dont worry so much about the tank being without a filter for a few hours anymore thanks to lots of live plants and not overstocking.
*Self-starting meaning the technical term of self-priming.*