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mamatoulouse 03-30-2011 12:42 AM

aquaclear 500? for 55 gallon cichlid tank... any one use aquaclear 500
 
howdy,
have a 55 gallon tank that i plan to use for African Malawi cichlids... a crowded tank... i am wondering if any one has tried these type of filters before?

i was thinking it might be ok but im not sure.... let me know if you have experience with the aquaclear500 thanks

1077 03-30-2011 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by mamatoulouse (Post 633572)
howdy,
have a 55 gallon tank that i plan to use for African Malawi cichlids... a crowded tank... i am wondering if any one has tried these type of filters before?

i was thinking it might be ok but im not sure.... let me know if you have experience with the aquaclear500 thanks


I have an aquaclear 70 on 56 gallon tall tank, and aquaclear 110, on 75 gallon tank.
For cichlid tank,, I would go with the 110 model at 465 gph or thereabouts.
they are excellent filters.

mamatoulouse 03-30-2011 10:48 AM

Oh good thanks I was gonna go canister but the aquaclesr seemed like the hob version of a canister... If that makes any sence
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mamatoulouse 03-30-2011 10:52 AM

Oh good thanks I was gonna go canister but the aquaclesr seemed like the hob version of a canister... If that makes any sence! Also I was thinking an aditional filter since its gonna be a crowded sfrican cichlid tank... Just not sure what I'm gonna go with
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AbbeysDad 04-18-2011 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by mamatoulouse (Post 633760)
Oh good thanks I was gonna go canister but the aquaclesr seemed like the hob version of a canister... If that makes any sense! Also I was thinking an aditional filter since its gonna be a crowded sfrican cichlid tank... Just not sure what I'm gonna go with
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Yeah, it makes pretty good good sense to me. I have the AquaClear 70 on my fairly new 60g tank and so far it seems to be doing a very good job. I think the canisters have more room for additional media, but it's unclear as to how much bio-media is required before we reach a point of diminishing return. I think I can put enough bio-media in my lowly AC70 HOB to do the job.
Having said the above, I think there's some room for filter redundancy. I cuurently have also have a small AquaTech 5-15 cartridge filter on my 60g. It's there because I have it and because I was thinking that my AC70 would be primarily a bio-filter and the AT5-15 a mechanical filter.
I can't speak to the future...I may add a canister or another HOB - dunno...right now it's looking good as is. :smile:

AbbeysDad 04-19-2011 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by AbbeysDad (Post 651828)
Yeah, it makes pretty good good sense to me. I have the AquaClear 70 on my fairly new 60g tank and so far it seems to be doing a very good job. I think the canisters have more room for additional media, but it's unclear as to how much bio-media is required before we reach a point of diminishing return. I think I can put enough bio-media in my lowly AC70 HOB to do the job.
Having said the above, I think there's some room for filter redundancy. I cuurently have also have a small AquaTech 5-15 cartridge filter on my 60g. It's there because I have it and because I was thinking that my AC70 would be primarily a bio-filter and the AT5-15 a mechanical filter.
I can't speak to the future...I may add a canister or another HOB - dunno...right now it's looking good as is. :smile:

Forgot to mention that I am running the AC70 at it's minimum flow rate.

mamatoulouse 04-25-2011 02:30 PM

i ended up getting one of the 110 aqua clear... to go with my aqua clear 70.... my water is sooo soo clean and it is almost silent... very happy and i only paid 65.00 for ithat was with tax so i am extra happy


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