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Davefish24 12-16-2011 03:31 PM

Favorite Filter
 
Hi what is your Favorite Filter?

Mine are the Top fin/ tetra whisper series.

Nubster 12-17-2011 12:54 AM

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.

deman3 12-17-2011 02:24 AM

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.

Davefish24 12-17-2011 08:21 AM

nice betta:-D

zof 12-17-2011 12:53 PM

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.

AbbeysDad 12-17-2011 11:45 PM

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.

Fishguy2727 12-21-2011 10:49 PM

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.

AbbeysDad 12-22-2011 08:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fishguy2727 (Post 927553)
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.

As I mentioned in the other forum, I don't get your complaint as the intake strainer is not really any different than any I've seen. So what exactly is your complaint?

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. :-)

1077 12-22-2011 08:28 AM

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:

Fishguy2727 12-22-2011 08:41 AM

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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