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solarpower 03-20-2009 12:10 PM

Setting up new 20 gallon from 10 gallon
Hi everyone! I am moving my two 15 year old clown loaches from a 10 gal to a 20 gal. I use an aquaclear mini on the 10 gal but really would like to read opinions on which filter to put in the 20 gal. Thanks

Tyyrlym 03-20-2009 12:33 PM

Well for a 20 gallon tank I'd recommend a Penguin 150 or 200 or an Emperor 280. The Emperor is probably overkill on that size tank but the Emperor series is the top of the line in HoBs. The Penguins are made by the same company, Marineland, and are very good filters themselves.

For a procedure I'd set up the 20 gallon and move your fish and your old filter all over together. Let the old filter run in concert with the new filter for two to four weeks (2 is the bare minimum) before removing the old filter and letting the new one take over.

In relation to the fish, 15 year old clown loaches? Those fish must be huge. I don't think a 20 gallon is really appropriate for them.

JohnnyD44 03-20-2009 12:41 PM

I agree with Tyy

I got a Penguin 200 on my 20G Long tank. I also plan on doing the same procedure when I upgrade to my 55G.

I really like the 200, it hasn't given me any problems since I started using it about 3 years ago. Just make sure that when you change out the filter pads, you don't change them all out at once. and NEVER change the bio-wheel in it, you'll have to cycle all over again.

Overall the Penguin 200 by marineland is a great filter

solarpower 03-20-2009 12:48 PM

They're about 5" long. They were in a 30 gal but we all needed to move and there was no room for that tank . The 10 gal is too small of course. Do you think the 20 is a mistake?

Tyyrlym 03-20-2009 01:10 PM

Honestly I'm a bit stunned that you've got 15 year old clown loaches that are only 5" long. I'd expect them to be a foot long by now. Given that they can get to that size I'd really recommend a 30 gallon or larger for them. They'll certainly appreciate the added space of the 20 but I'd probably go even larger for them. The difference in price for a 30 as opposed to a 20 isn't that much, and my filter suggestions, at least the P200 and E280 are both just fine for that size tank.

solarpower 03-20-2009 01:41 PM

They are possibly older than 15 years. If they were a foot long I'd be stunned and probably a little scared.

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