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Old 07-04-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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Best aquarium filters

I have a 30 gallon tank at the moment and use a tetra whisper filter. I was wondering what all of you would say the "best" filters are?

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Old 07-04-2011, 05:29 AM   #2
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I'd say Marineland Eclipse hood filters are excellent for my bottomless tanks.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:44 AM   #3
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Hands down the Aqua Clear 50 is the best filter you can select for your 30g tank IMO/E. Having two filters is always a good option/idea (AKA you can never have enough filtration), so add the AC50 and keep the tetra in operation is my best recommendation.
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:55 AM   #4
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I'm partial to the marineland magnum H.O.T. filters on tanks 30g-50g.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:41 AM   #5
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I'm with Mr. Limpet I have 3 tanks all Aqua Clear. I just order a 110 for my 46. My 36 will have a 70 & 50 from my 20 GL , my 20 will get the other 70.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:14 AM   #6
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All I use are aquaclears and fluvals. The aquaclears have been around over 20 years, I was using them back when I was a teenager, and never had any trouble then or now.

They allow full customization of your filter media, no prepackaged cartrdiges.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #7
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Best Aquarium Filters

Good morning Some...

Will have to "piggyback" those partial to Aqua Clear power filters. Have use them for years from 20s to 70s and never had a problem. Easy to clean and reassemble.

One caution, if you have small fish and even smaller fry, you'll need to get a small cover for the extension tube that runs vertically from the filter case. Unless you don't mind retrieving fry from the case every time you do a water change. Sometimes the little guys get sucked up into the filter. Doesn't seem to bother them though.

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I prefer canisters over HOB's, but HOB's do fine on smaller tanks. There isn't a 'best filter' out there. Everyone has their opinions. I'll have to say, aqua clears are my favorite HOB that I've used, so I'll join in on the recommendation.
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for all my smaller tanks, I basically stick to x3 rule of thumb, 20 gallon tank gets 60 gallon filter + undergravel filter. 29 gallon tank gets 90 gallon filter + undergravel filter. I have only been in the fish hobby for a little over a year, so I havent had any problems with any of the filters I have gotten yet, but I have learned I dont like any of the on the back filters that have the little paddle wheels that turn with the waterflow, I prefer the ones that have the scrubber insert that you just rinse out occasionally. Additionally, I run an air pump into the power heads (I only use the Marineland 1140 powerhead -300 gph) for extra oxygenation. I change all insert filters on my smaller tanks on the first of each month.
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my 220 I have 4 -100 gallon otb filters but I am getting ready to order a large canister filter, which will be my first canister filter. This winter I'm building a 880 Gallon Tank to the floor in my basement.
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