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Old 12-05-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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What would be the best, quietest filter for a fish only freshwater tank? I heard that the Whisper 30 would be great but I would like your guys opinion on this. Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:15 PM   #2
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depends on what you want and what you want to spend. If you only want a HOB filter then i would get an Aquaclear. If you want something in terms of a canister filter then i would look into one made by Ehiem. If you want a canister filter that is a little less expensive then go with a Rena Filstar.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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How easy are canister filters to set up and use?
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the 3 canisters I've used: all very easy to setup...minimal plumbing of hoses and valves.

However, expect to spend $50 for even the smallest canister.

If you wanna stick to HOB's, skip the Whisper and get an AquaClear30.
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I would also recommend the aquaclear filter. Different types of media can be bought for the filter to help you with different things going on in your tank an certain points.
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Old 12-05-2005, 09:10 PM   #6
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canisters are VERY easy to setup ... almost fool proof.

Don't go with whisper ... i hear they are not worth the plastic that they are made with.
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ok thanks guys. I'm gonna go ahead and try a cannister. Any recommendations for which one?
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Fluval, Eheim, or Rena Filstar XP's.
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How big is your tank? What kind of fish do you plan to keep?
For small community fish in anything less that a 29 gal, I'd recommend Aquaclear or Penguin/Emperor HOBs. If you plan to keep messy cichlids or goldfish, or have a 29 gal or larger, I'd recommend a cannister filter.

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Fluval, Eheim, or Rena Filstar XP's.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of these cannister filters.
The Fluval and Filstar are about the same price, but expect to pay about 50% more for the Eheim's German engineering.

Cannister installation is pretty easy - it's really just a matter of setting up the hoses. Most cannisters have an auto-prime feature that starts the siphon for you, and leafproof quick-disconnect valves. Maintenance is not required nearly as often with cannisters - one of their biggest advantages, IMO.

Regardless of filter type, I prefer to get a filter rated for the next size up - not so much for the increased output, but for the extra media basket volume.
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I got a Fluval 204 for my 20 gallon and a Rena Filstar XP1 for my 29 gallon and I really like both of them. However, I found that the Fluval was MUCH more difficult to set up initially than the Rena. Apparently I am not as gifted with filters as either Lunchbox or QTOFFER! Once they are set up both are easy to maintain, but the directions for the Fluval really suck IMO. I didn't even have close to enough money to try an Eheim, but I've heard great things about them.
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