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  1. Fluval x04 vs x05 series?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm going to be setting my 55 gal up for turtles sometime in the next few months, and I don't want to filter it with my Eheim 2217 due to the fact that it's a pain in the butt to clean. Right now I keep a sponge pre-filter on it for fish and nothing but biological media in it, but I'll want the...
  2. Fiter media

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Sorry if this question is silly, but I am new to this. I purchased a 2.5 gallon Aqueon mini bow about 6 weeks ago. It was a kit that comes with the tank, light hood, and a power filter. My cycle seems to be near complete. I have a male betta and a yellow mystery snail in the tank. The Aqueon...
  3. Can someone dumb down wet/dry filter maintenance for me?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    About 3 months ago I upgraded from a glass 75g w/ a canister filter to a 150g acrylic tank with a built in wet/dry filter. I have NO CLUE what I'm doing with this filter. I don't know how/when to clean it, where to put the filter media, how full the tank should be, etc. :| It's safe to say I'm...
  4. New Noisy Filter

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    I just purchased a Bio Wheel filter for a new set up. It is a 350 model. It seems very loud. Lots of bubbling and burbling (if that's a word) noises. Is there a mod I can make to it to quiet that down without adversely affecting its performance? Should I have more water in the tank, (it is...
  5. Eheim 2315 Filter info Needed!

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    Hi I have recently acquired an eheim 2315 filter but dont know how to use it. i know how to use the taps and have got it working but dont know what to put into the filter (media , carbon etc.) I have a 60 US gallon tank with 6 ottocinclus, one shrimp, one tetra, one rainbow fish and one pencil...
  6. DIY Sand filter

    DIY Aquarium
    YouTube - MVI 2501 i made this out of a couple PVC caps, Silicone, sprinkler parts, a Rio pump, and one of those plastic jars you store nuts and bolts in. total cost 15 bucks. can anyone tell me if its doing anything other than look cool?
  7. Anyone have luck with sand bed filters?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I recently built a couple sand filters and put them in my tanks. its a canister similar to this one YouTube - resun fbf 1000 bioloska filtracija 3 but mines inside the tank. Has anyone done that? it really doesn't seem to do much so I have a few questions for anyone who uses this.
  8. What type of filter is this?

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    This aquarium was actually the display one at PetCo so I didn't get booklet with it or box telling me the name of the filter or what type of replacement filters I should get for it, so maybe yall can help me out before I go and buy some replacement filters that don't fit. :) Whisper Bio-Bag...
  9. Marineland Emperor 400 Bio-Wheel Filter

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    I purchased this particular filter about a month ago. I had not used it up until today. I did as it said in the instruction manual and added water until it over flowed into the aquarium, I then plugged it into power and it kinda gargled for a little while (which I assume means it was gaining...
  10. Filter not flowing...HELP!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have an Aquaclear filter on my tank which is relatively new, maybe only a couple months old. it has been working perfectly up until recently where i noticed that it doesnt flow strong like it used to. now it just trickles. i disconnected the motor and cleaned out the propellor and got the gunk...
  11. Cloudy Freshwater Tank???

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hello everyone, I seem to have a reoccurring problem with changing the filter with my tank. My water will be crystal clear for months. I assume that I need to change the carbon insert in the filter since the instructions direct you to replace the carbon every month. But once I replace the...
  12. my guppies are hiding behind the filter

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am a college student who has just recently started an aquarium in her dorm room. I am really new to this and wanted to join a forum like this for advice. My aquarium is 5.5 gallons (the largest i could fit in my dorm room) there are links to view a couple of pictures of it in my signature...
  13. saltwater filter cant use a sump best alternatives??

    Saltwater Aquarium Equipment
    i cant have a sump because of the tanks location and if i did it would be off to the side. what alternatives are the i already have a canister filter. I will be keeping corals and fish.
  14. need help deciding what filter for 150g

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    well title says it i hava a 150 gal tank with 2 stingrays and a few other fish and atm i have 4 hob filters. well i would like to lose some of them and cant reallly decide on what type of canister or what would be the best overall filter. i have in mind 2 marineland 350 magnum bio-wheel pro's. i...
  15. Please Help! My goldfish was sucked into my filter!!

    Cyprinids and Atherinids
    So I've got three fancy goldfish in a ten gallon tank with a topfin 10 power filter and one of my goldfish (named toothbrush) got sucked into the intake of the filter the other day and bruised his fin. I figured, no biggie he'll heal. Which he almost did when I noticed yesterday he had gotten...
  16. Filter water overflowing and please post your fishes pix!

    Saltwater Aquarium Equipment
  17. DIY wet/dry sump plans?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello all. I have a 90 gallon tank with a canister filter that is driving me up the wall. I want a sump but rather not pay $400 for a pre-made. So im going to DIY. But... How should I set my sump up for a freshwater tank? People have said dont use bio-balls that they trap to much crap. So whats...
  18. white fuzz on sponge in filter

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was changing my filters when I noticed this white fuzz on the sponges. This is just algae or bacteria overgrowth right? so I just need to rinse the sponges in some tank water to clean them or do I need to add some chemicals.
  19. cleaning a filter

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    we recently started our first aquarium. it is a 3 gallon freshwater tank. it has 1 cardinal tetra, 1 red wag platy, 1 silver molly, 1 apple snail and 2 ghost shrimp. how often should we clean our filter? it is a whisper 2-10i if that helps.. and how do you clean a filter? i read somewhere...
  20. New filter suggestions

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Ok, I have a 125 gallon tank with a Filstar xP3 filter rated for 175 gallons and 350 gph. I have 2 small tiger oscars right now (and 2 small jack dempseys and 2 small bala sharks and a small pleco) and the filter seems to be adequate for now but I feel like when they get bigger they'll need...