Hi what is your Favorite Filter?
Mine are the Top fin/ tetra whisper series.
Right it's the AquaClear HOB's. Best out there IMO as far as HOB's are concerned. However, I am becoming a fan of the old school super simple sponge filter. Cheap, effective, easy to maintain...what's not to like.
Fluval HOB's. Right now using 2 C4's on my 55 and they are whisper quiet compared to the 2 Aquaclear 70s that I used to have. Plus the media in the Fluval is almost like that of a canister. It doesnt have preset filter media like normal HOB's do. It has a compartment to fill with the bio rocks and a filter pad with a carbon insert. A lot better setup than the Aquaclear.
I agree with the sponge filter if its 50 gallons or less and as long as you don't have fish that want a high flow of water. Plus my plants seem to like the low flow rate.
The AquaClear 70 and the comparable Fluval C4's are both made by Hagen and use the same motor/impeller and quite similar housing. The C4 is different in how the water flows through the compartments and that it incorporates an interesting wet/dry section in the bio-media. I like the simplicity of the popup indicator when the (mechanical) sponge filter becomes loaded restricting flow.
Both are excellent filters and rule the HOB world over cartridge filters.
The AquaClear is a great filter. I think the Fluval C series is more bell and whistle than cleaning. The only problem with the AquaClears are the horribly designed intake strainers.
Also, I think the Fluval C series as an excellent filter that allows removable compartment maintenance while still providing fish keeper preferences for filter media - the fluval C's are the first HOB to my knowledge to incorporate a bio wet/dry in a HOB filter. I'll grant you that a pop up indicator based on reduced flow may not be necessary. However, IMO, both the AquaClear and the Fluval C series are much better than the cartridge type HOB power filters out there. :-)
I used to run for years ,,the Emperor series filter's by Marineland and liked them alot ,but the Aquaclear
110'S and 70's that I now use are much easier to clean.
No cleaning of the spray bar's,no cleaning /replacing the little plastic bearing's that help keep the biowheel turning smoothly and frequently became mysteriously lost, and more room for media.
I also love the Eheim Canister's.
I WOULD like to see larger diameter opening's for intake on the Aquaclear, for it does not take much to clog it in my planted tank but I have remedied this by placing prefilter over the intake after lopping off about one inch with a hacksaw.
Doesn't seem to be an issue in unplanted tank, but free floating$!@!! Baby tear's ,courtesy of my sister donating some plant's while I was out,precipitated the modification for me.
Aquaclear 110 pushes more water than any other HOB filter I know of, and you all know how I LIKE flow.:lol:
The intake strainer on the AquaClears is way too small for the flow they have. I have seen apple snails sucked out of their shells when they reached the intake. I have seen healthy fish sucked to and pulled through the strainer. It is unbelievable that Hagen makes the AquaClears which have the worst intake strainers I have ever seen and Fluval canisters which have the best I have ever seen. They require prefilters IME and and Hagen doesn't have anything that fits them well. Prefilters are just an unnecessary additional piece of equipment to clean.
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