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Old 02-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Aquaclear 50

I will be getting an Aquaclear 50 and my LFS said that they wouldn't recommend sand substrate with an Aquaclear filter - only gravel. Is this true? Will it mess the filter up? I plan to be careful when cleaning.

What do you guys think?

Also, what do you guys think of the Aqueon PRO submersible heaters? (they're no glass and have aluminum core)

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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I'm using an aqua clear on my sw tank with sand and haven't had any issues yet. I also don't have the stem that close to the substrate.
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I'm using an aqua clear on my sw tank with sand and haven't had any issues yet. I also don't have the stem that close to the substrate.
i'm going to be using it on a 29g too. Did you just have the single stem on it or did you put the double stem on? I don't know how close it'll be yet.
Thanks for the help. I think they just wanted to sell me gravel for some reason.
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I am running two AC 50's and don't have any problems with either in sand. Just put one intake tube on to keep it away from the sand. I'd also recommend putting the biomax or whatever they call it in a better media bag. I used the white bag they included (with the red tie) and it rotted away in a few months and dumped those little white things all over the bottom of my tank.
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I'm using the two stems, I have a third but use it to brace the unit against the back of the tank. LOL

The only thing I did get in the stems was gunk from my live rock when I put the sand in. Theres some caught between the two where they connect.

And yes, unless you know your LFS real well take what they say with a grain of salt. Mine kept insisting I buy damsels to cycle with. And he told me to put 2 aqua clear 110's on my 29 gallon!! can u imagine? So check here first with your questions and then make your informed decision.

Are you going salt or fresh?
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I have 2 aquaclear 50 in my 29 gallon tank with two stems each. I have sand too. Whenever I change water I just unplug the filters and leave the bubbler on.

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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I am running two AC 50's and don't have any problems with either in sand. Just put one intake tube on to keep it away from the sand. I'd also recommend putting the biomax or whatever they call it in a better media bag. I used the white bag they included (with the red tie) and it rotted away in a few months and dumped those little white things all over the bottom of my tank.
Great thanks! Yeah, the newer bio white ceramic things that I have are used with a plastic mesh type bag. still good?

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I'm using the two stems, I have a third but use it to brace the unit against the back of the tank. LOL

The only thing I did get in the stems was gunk from my live rock when I put the sand in. Theres some caught between the two where they connect.

And yes, unless you know your LFS real well take what they say with a grain of salt. Mine kept insisting I buy damsels to cycle with. And he told me to put 2 aqua clear 110's on my 29 gallon!! can u imagine? So check here first with your questions and then make your informed decision.

Are you going salt or fresh?
I'm fresh. freshwater I mean. lol
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:42 PM   #8
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also, since I have all of you in one place...

how much sand should I get for a 29g (30x12x18)? And what kind?

Also, is a 200W Ehiem Jager too much?
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One 50lb bag of playsand or pool filter sand would work. I used Quickrete's premium playsand for my tanks and love it. Some people like a larger grain, which would be pool filter sand (you can get PFS at pool supply stores). Playsand I found at Homedepot for $3.48/50lb. I probably used 40lbs or so in my 30g long (36x12?) and it gave me a nice 2-3" sand bed.

I am using one 150watt heater in my 30 long and have no problems with temps fluctuating. I have it placed horizontally across the back/middle of the tank.
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One 50lb bag of playsand or pool filter sand would work. I used Quickrete's premium playsand for my tanks and love it. Some people like a larger grain, which would be pool filter sand (you can get PFS at pool supply stores). Playsand I found at Homedepot for $3.48/50lb. I probably used 40lbs or so in my 30g long (36x12?) and it gave me a nice 2-3" sand bed.

I am using one 150watt heater in my 30 long and have no problems with temps fluctuating. I have it placed horizontally across the back/middle of the tank.
awesome! thanks! Quickrete is ok? haha doesn't come across that something from Homedepot would be ok for aquarium use... but I believe you! haha fish are ok with it?
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