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LisaC144 01-15-2010 02:20 PM

Aqueon Mini Bow VS. Eclipse 3
I am in the process of getting a small tank to house a betta and a couple snails. I am torn between the Aqueon Mini bow and the Eclipse 3. I've read that the Eclipse 3 has a very quiet filter and also read great things about the Aqueon. Does anyone have experience with either of these tanks and which one would you recommend? Thanks for any advice and input!

Romad 01-15-2010 03:14 PM

Hello again :)

I have 5 of the mini-bows and love them. They will cycle after a bit and the filter is silent as well. And back to the heaters, I have 25w submersibles in all of them.

I have no experience with the other so can't comment on that.

LisaC144 01-15-2010 03:23 PM

I like the Aqueon because it is 5 gallons versus the 3 gallon Eclipse offers. The only 5 gallon Eclipse offers is a corner unit which wouldn't make sense for where I want it. How difficult is it to find the replacement filters for the Aqueon?? I read on some sites that they are fairly difficult to find.

LisaC144 01-15-2010 03:29 PM

Wait, Romad, do you swap out the filters for the AquaClears?

Angel079 01-15-2010 04:10 PM

Is there a certain store you're looking at buying them at, I'm trying to find the specs to read over them for comparison?
The only specs posted here is the volume; based of that I'd have to say go with the larger size.
The filter itself shouldn't need replacement at all ever (unless its a bad quality really) and if you're looking at replacing pads/ sponges...worst case buy a XYZ non brand name pad and cut it to size and insert it if yours was to fall apart after few years of usage.
On a side note, the Eclipse series offers various sizes if you look online at petsmart or petco.

Romad 01-15-2010 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by LisaC144 (Post 306658)
Wait, Romad, do you swap out the filters for the AquaClears?

Nope. My AquaClears are on my 5 gallon and my 45 gallon. The mini-bows are totally different. I usually buy the replacement cartridges online at Big Al's wiith my other replacement stuff etc..

They're only $4.99 for a 3 pack at iBig Al's. I've seen them at Petco although sometimes it's hard to find the mini's.

Romad 01-15-2010 05:57 PM

I'm just realizing that when you mentioned the min-bows that you weren't talking about the 2.5 gallons. I didn't know that 5 gallons mini-bows as well......

I do not have Aqueon 5 gallon. If you look in my pics., you'll see the 5 gallon (with the red gravel) that I have the Aqua Clear on. That one didn't come with a filter. I originally had a bio-wheel on it and swapped that out for the Aqua Clear.

Hope I cleared up any confusion here... :0

PRichs87 01-15-2010 06:22 PM

I'm almost positive that you can order all sizes of Aqueon filters at, thats where I got my 30 cartridges!

LisaC144 01-15-2010 07:52 PM

My local Petsmart carries the replacement filter for both the Eclipse and Aqueon so that isn't a problem. I'm mainly looking for opinions on which would be the better one to get. Also, I would replace the carbon insert with something else, perhaps a sponge cut down to size.

LisaC144 01-15-2010 07:53 PM

ANGEL, I am looking at PetSmart. You can go to their website to look at the specs.

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