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Old 09-10-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Fluval 105 or 205

I am going to start a small sw tank (10 gals). I really want to try out a canister filter due to look and how quiet they are said to be.

The price difference on amazon is $5. I do plan to upgrade in the future.

Which one?
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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Go for the bigger one for $5 more. thats my thoughts on it. I just paid .41 cents more for an aquaclear 50 over a 30. lol
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FOWLR or Reef? If reef go with an aquaclear. You will be servicing it more often because of how easy it is. More work with a canister filter. However, I do run an Eheim on my FW but not use carbon so I'm only cleaning it every 3 months - not recommend with a reef.
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I use a fluval 305 on my 55g and have never had a problem with it. I cleaned it monthly and never nitrates in mine. It;s just a matter of maintenance is all. I would have to agree though that an aquaclear is an excellent filter for saltwater, you can change the media to what YOU want and need as time goes on.
If an aquaclear I would go with the 30 or the 50.

I have an AC50 on my 20g coral tank now and its working out well.
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Ok just making sure that it wont toss everything around in my tank

Thanks again carey

No for a reef? It will be corals and no fish
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Will it still look nice and be quiet? I guess i may not get the experience with canisters just yet lol
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My aquaclear is pretty quiet as long as you keep your water level up, or else you'll hear a slight splashing as the water coming out hits the top of the water. But otherwise, yeah an AC is excellent. Super customer service and these filters last forever. I've been using them since the 1990's. LOL

I trust them so much I added it for a mostly coral tank with just teeny tiny fish.
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so i should probably stick with an aquaclear 30 or 50? More money for corals!
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I would agree. I canister is probably not the best choice for that size tank.
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Also going to need some lighting..
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