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Vpaw 12-02-2013 09:04 PM

Filter choice
 
For my 20 gallon planted tank, it's current filter is a HOB and I just put in floss instead of carbon. I fill the water up higher to keep the flow from disturbing the plants. I mostly have bottle dwellers living in it, sand substrate, Cory cats, AFD's , mystery snail, otto, and my swimmers are a platty (going to add 2 more when I get the 30 gallon goldfish to a pond) and a molly(who will be moving to the 30)

I was thinking a canister filter? Mine worked for a long time, but it's making horrible noises now and just it's so efficient, plus it's the one that came with the tank. Any recommendations?



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jaysee 12-02-2013 09:17 PM

Tom rapids mini canister.

Vpaw 12-02-2013 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 3524938)
Tom rapids mini canister.

Seems pretty cool, I'm looking to save as much money as I can, since I'm in high school and my on,y job is pets sitting. Do you have that one? Does it work? Does it do a good job?


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jaysee 12-02-2013 10:50 PM

I have it on my 10 - too strong as it was so I drilled a bunch of holes in the spraybar. I like it a lot for what it is. Could be designed a little better, but I like that the motor is on top. Sunsun makes a mini canister as well. I really like their full size ones but on the minis the motor is on the bottom, which can cause problems with sand tanks.

Vpaw 12-02-2013 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 3525522)
I have it on my 10 - too strong as it was so I drilled a bunch of holes in the spraybar. I like it a lot for what it is. Could be designed a little better, but I like that the motor is on top. Sunsun makes a mini canister as well. I really like their full size ones but on the minis the motor is on the bottom, which can cause problems with sand tanks.

Is a mini canister just a small canister? And if it makes a difference I have titanium moon sand, which is pretty heavy. :)


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Vpaw 12-04-2013 12:49 AM

I guess maybe a canister for a 20 gallon isn't worth it. Any other recommendations?


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jaysee 12-04-2013 01:03 AM

I think it's totally worth it. If not, I'd go with an AC50.

rsskylight04 12-04-2013 02:35 AM

Just my humble opinion, but for a 20 gal I would go for the aquaclear. Especially if cost is an issue.

Vpaw 12-05-2013 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by rsskylight04 (Post 3531866)
Just my humble opinion, but for a 20 gal I would go for the aquaclear. Especially if cost is an issue.

How much shoul I expect to be spending on a filter?


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jaysee 12-05-2013 01:17 AM

for a 20 gallon, $30. No more than $50


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