Well, Christmas is coming up soon and I'm hoping to be able to score a new filter and/or possibly a heater off of my dad ;P I was hoping to get some reccomendations on some reliable products for these. I'm currently using a tetra power filter 20 on my aqueon 20 gallon aquarium. I'm also using an aqueon heater that came with the aquarium as well. Any help is much appreciated.
IMO, Aqua Clear is the best filter. I ditched the bio-wheels and bought them for my 45 gal. and 5 gal. I still have the tetra-whispers in my betta tanks and they're ok for the small loads. Aqua Clears are easy to clean, you can adjust the flow, the replacement basket is easy to remove when you want to replace or rinse the filter medium and if you have a deep tank, you can easily find extention tubes for the intake.
As for heaters, I have paid anywhere from $12:00 to $50.00. If you can find a good deal on the submersible Vistherms, go with those. I would recommend that you get one that you can control the temperature with (adjustable).
Good luck and Merry Christmas (ha ha )
I just want to give another view. I am personally a huge fan of the biowheel systems and use only Marineland biowheel filters on my freshwater systems. One big advantage of the biowheels is the design of the filter trays. You can run all of the water by force flow thru the activated carbon chamber, BEFORE it comes in contact with the biowheel. This design allows for the absorbing of dissolved organic compounds to occur before the bacteria break down the waste into Nitrate. This is highly effective if the activated carbon is regularly replaced.
I agree the Aqua Clears are very nice as well.
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Odd how different opinions are. I won't use HOB(hang on back)-aqua clear, bio-wheel, whisper, ect. Hate them. If they don't bother you then go for them, they work fine. I can't stand their design, ability to make noise, lack of space for media,difficulty of swapping out for different kinds of media, and $ for what I think they are worth. When ever I get one for free I scrap it for just the motor if its submersible(whisper) and recycle the rest. Motor works OK as a circulation pump.
I prefer canisters on large tanks and internals on smaller tanks. I never run any carbon unless I need to remove meds, but even then I'd rather just do a full WC. If its a show tank then I'd use a real" brand" filter, if its not I'm cheap and can make a filter thats just as good for a couple dollars and held together by rubber bands.
well i guess i am compelled to chime in here... lol .... i like a HOB wisper, aqua, and almost any other but then again i also ALWAYS combine the HOB with a submersible and always a DIY sub... you get all the water flow you need from the HOB and you customize the sub to get the results you need.. this also makes filter changes easier as you never lose you bacteria.... just adding my 2 and a half cents.....
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