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nrajeshkumar 03-17-2008 12:00 PM

Filter for Fresh water tank - Suggestions Please
I have a new 29 gallon tank at home to set up a fresh water aquarium. I found on my search there are different types & brands of filters available on the market like bio wheel, caniser, aqua clear, marineland..but sure which one to choose. Kindly suggest me good filter for my tank. If you know a good place to get it either a store or online kindly let me know.


fish_4_all 03-17-2008 12:12 PM

I really like the AC HOB filter.. I have 2 AC20 and love them. Never had aproblem with them. For the 29 I would get the AC50 and to be honest would not recommend anything smaller for any tank. Larger media space so you can add more type of media and really optimize the biolocal and mechanical filtration.

Cody 03-17-2008 12:35 PM

HOB filter would be the best way to go for a 29 gallon tank.

I have an Aquaclear110 for my SW and a Penguin 150 for my FW, and both work great. I would reccomend the Aquaclear though.

nrajeshkumar 03-17-2008 12:58 PM

I came across Aqua Clear 402 Reverse Flow Power Head. What is this reverse flow power head? Is this a type of filter? Is these ones are good?

Flashygrrl 03-17-2008 07:15 PM

That's something you would use with an undergravel filter to make the water come OUT of the undergravel. It makes stuff not settle as much, and then filters will pick it up easier. Less gravel vacs to do

herefishy 03-17-2008 07:58 PM

Oh, lovely. I get another chance to convert someone to reverse flow filtration. I love my job!!!!!

But, let me first say that "layered", multiple filtration systems are far and away the best way to go. Using multiple types of filtration increases filtration and allows routine maintainance on any individual system without compromising the balance of the tank. More later.

I have more than a dozen tanks using reverse flow filtration. The principle is quite simple. Using powerheads and an undergravel filter, the flow is simply reversed from the conventional method. Instead of pulling water DOWN into the gravel, you pump filtered, oxygenated water UP through the bio-bed. This supplies the bacteria in the substrate with clean, filtered, oxygenated water. The flow is also more consistent than when using air pumps in the conventional method. The direction of flow deters substrate compaction and detritus build up. It allows the other filters, the prefilter on the powerheads and other filters, to remove uneaten food and debris.

Explaining the "layer"principle is also simple. You use a group of different types of filtration, hang on powerfilters(ex. Emperor 400 and others), internal power filters(ex. Fluval + series), canisters(ex. Magnum 350 or 360 from Marineland), and reverse flow power heads(ex. Marineland 660r or their other models, the 550 or 1140, using reverse flow adaptors). By combining these filters to filter a tank, especially larger tanks, you can perform regular maintainance on each individual system alternately, and still have ample biological filtration. Hence, less chance of ammonia spikes due to insufficient biological filtration. Gravel sweeps are less frequent, maybe once every 6 months or even less often, as I have a 210g planted tank that has not had a complete gravel sweep in over a year. It simply doesn't need it.

Where does one apply this philosophy? I would have to say, that on tanks less than 70g-90g it may be over kill. However, scaled down versions can apply to any tank 10g and above. I have 29g tanks that use reverse flow and an Emperor 280 for each tank. So, the system can be used on smaller tanks, just scaled down a bit.

nrajeshkumar 03-18-2008 12:57 AM

Step a head today. Filled my 28g tank with 20 pounds of tiny gravels got from Petsmart and topped up with tap water and also added Top fin water conditioner. Got Aqua Clear 50/200 for $40. Plz Suggest me if there a cheaper place to buy the accessories. Now its undergoing the cycling process. Hope I'm moving on the right direction, if not please correct me. Whatz next ??


herefishy 03-18-2008 01:13 AM

PetSmart/PetCo is not the best place to buy products. It is cheaper initially, but as the say down on the corner, "You get what you pay for."

Look for a good "ma and pa" store. These privately owned stores are th best place to get fish and equipment. Their success puts food on the table. Prices may be higher, but in the long run you'll save both your sanity and money.

Flashygrrl 03-18-2008 05:03 AM

Petco is not even cheaper. You can order stuff online and have to pay shipping and still probably save about $10. But yeah, try to support the little LFS's too, as long as they take care of their animals.

icom 03-18-2008 10:54 AM

nothing wrong with buying from Petsmart or Petco..go to their online store to look for what you want/need,print those out and they price match in store..example,in store price on a Visa-Therm heater,$35 +,online,$17 something..

I try to support the local pet store,but the prices on stuff will kill ya'..He wanted $47 plus tax for a 20g long that you can buy anywhere else for 30-35...$275+ for a 75g that I've seen in other store for $150-175;wants $140 + for a Magnum 350 canister filter that you can buy online for less than $80,$190+ for an XP3 that you can order online for $100.

mail order what ever you can.. dr fosters and smith,bigalsonline,thatfishplace,petsolutions,etc. yourself some money unless you have too much of it that you can toss it up keeping those "mom & Pop" shops in business,their high prices have NOTHING to do with the quality of the product as someone else seems to think :roll:

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