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Old 01-09-2005, 05:39 PM   #1
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Power Filters for Saltwater Aquarium???

I want to get a different filter for my aquarium because of my recent problems with algae. Right now all i have for filteration is a Regent 170 Hang on the Back Filter, no Bio Wheel, just a carbon pad and some phosphate remover pad i put in there. Im looking into a Emporer 280 or 4000, of the Penguin 200 or 350. Which is the best choice? I know i should really have a protien skimmer, but being a student and all im working with what i got. Thanks for any help!!
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:46 PM   #2
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Don't know about those listed but I have the Tetratec 500 which works as a semi wet/dry but in a hob filter. It has the option to add a 200 watt heater to the inside of the filter to keep even heating of the water. I have this on my 20g and on my 90g. Works like a champ.
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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Go with the Emperor 400. Well worth the money, they work great.
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:33 PM   #4
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How do they do at dissolving organic matter as far as that goes? Do they cut down on algae growth? I really only have a problem with Red Slime Algae now, and am leaning towards the New Penguin 350, which looks similar to the Emporer 400. It also has a compartment to put in aditional chemical filteration of your choice. Is this a good Decision?
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:45 PM   #5
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I don't really know about the Penguins. Emperor and Penguin are made by the same company I think. The Emperor 400 has 2 biowheels, and two compartments to put a Filter Cartridges and a container full of charcoal in each. You can slit a hole into the cartridges to add a phosphate pads etc. You can also adjust the water flow too. The 400 is made for 50 to 85 gallon aquariums, so it will heep your tank super clean. I would go with it instead of a 280. I don't have a bad algae problem and don't have a any algae-eaters or anything. It's really your choice on which one to get. I would read a bit more about each off the web and compare them with their pros and cons. HTH
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The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
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Also, every 2-3 weeks I take out the cartridges and power hose them to get the detris off. Every year I change the charcoal, too. I would definately invest in Protein Skimmer and maybe a UV sterilizer, though. You should check ebay for skimmers.
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The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:50 PM   #7
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:12 PM   #8
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Your welcome.
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The Fish: black maroon clown, neon goby, yellow watchman goby, 3 blue-green chromis, royal gramma, and a yellow clown goby.
The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
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Every year I change the charcoal, too.
Did you mean every month. A year seens like an awfull long time for charcoal
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Eh, I guess every so often, probably more like every six months. Is this bad? I've doing that on my FW, haven't really had the SW long enough to do that. Should I change t more often. BTW, do ammonia chips work well? I was thinking of doing 1/4 ammonia to 3/4 charcoal.
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The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
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