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Gilbert 09-30-2009 09:56 PM

filter suggestions for 20 gallon long
I posted in the betta section but only got one answer. I'm looking for a new filter for my sorority/community tank. I'm just not loving the bio-wheel. I was looking at EHEIM 22113 or Filstar XP1 but I'm just not sure as to which would be better. I have sand subtract if that helps.

MoneyMitch 10-01-2009 12:03 AM

personally i would rec the bio wheel model since that is what i use, works great gets the job done, and cleaning is a sinch. Money

Gilbert 10-02-2009 01:24 AM

I already have the penguin bio-wheel and I don't like it much...Its too noisey and I find myself changing the filter media every week =/

Is the canister model better?

1077 10-02-2009 02:30 AM

You shouldn't have to change media in the Penguin each week unless you are seriously overfeeding the fish. Most folks simply take out the media during water changes and swish it around in old aquarium water(not Tapwater) and then stick it back in the filter. Only needs replaced when it literally begins to fall apart.

ron521 10-02-2009 06:18 AM

I used the Emperor 400 for years, worked fine, but if you want a different filter, the 2213 is almost completely silent, and can go months without opening it for cleaning (assuming you aren't overfeeding your fish).
I also have two tanks with nothing but the Lustar HydroSponge, and these also work very well.

Twistersmom 10-02-2009 09:30 PM

Might want to give an aqua clear a shot. A lot quieter than a bio-wheel filter.

MoneyMitch 10-02-2009 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 251959)
Might want to give an aqua clear a shot. A lot quieter than a bio-wheel filter.

never had a good experience with those would either fall apart/break when i rinsed it. bio wheel models however i have NEVER had a problem with not to mention my lfs sells the parts for them cheap easy and convenient. JMHO Money

Gilbert 10-03-2009 12:01 AM

I just hate the buzzing noise from the bio-wheel and every filter i've used has left little black carbon floating around in my tank...

Twistersmom 10-03-2009 08:13 AM

Eheim canister filters are not cheap, but if you have the money to spend, I think you would like one.
I would have to do some research to know which model is best suited for a 20 long.

Gilbert 10-03-2009 03:14 PM

Would a Rena Filstar xP1 be to much for a 20 gallon long? I just got a 15% off coupon from petco!!! lol

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