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Old 09-21-2004, 08:59 PM   #1
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BEST FILTER for 90 gallon?

Hi, can you guys tell me what type of filter is best for a 90 gallon? & state it's price. Thanks.

I found a really old looking filter....it looks like a big jar with a motor on top...I ve never seen anything like it.
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Old 09-21-2004, 09:42 PM   #2
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That would be a canister filter and I highly recommend them for larger tanks. They are more expensive than HOB, but you clean them less often and you can put in any media you want. I have no idea what they cost in the US. You would need a large one. Others will chime in soon, I'm sure.
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:30 PM   #3
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Hmm, a big jar with a motor on top sounds like an older Eheim model - those are wonderful filters. Go to bigalsonline.com and check out the larger filters, Eheim Professional II if you can afford it, or a Rena Filstar XP3 plus maybe a large HOB by AquaClear or Emperor to work in conjunction with the canister.

It will also depend on what kind of fish you will be keeping. If we are talking oscars, you will want to overfiltrate, rather than get what is rated for a 90gal. You might also want to look into Ocean Clear filters - I do not have experience with them but have heard many good things about them. You can get one one for a 90gal, I'm just not sure which model.
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Thanks for the advice. I will try to use the antique filter I found, the motor still runs....even though I really don't like using old stuff lol.
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What are the identifying markings on that filter? Depending on how old it is, there are people who collect "classic" and antique aquarium equipment - maybe you could sell it on ebay or aquabid.
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Old 09-24-2004, 12:57 PM   #6
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An old jar with a motor on top sounds more like a diatom filter to me. Is the micron filter pad still attached to the lid?

A diatom filter is a great tool but should only be run for brief periods of time. If this is what you have, you'll need to buy a 24/7 filter.
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It is a Diatom. I just read the label lol...on the motor it reads "Vortex Innerspace Products" & "Model NO. D - 1 Diatom". How old could this filter be?
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I don't know how old it is but looks like it isn't too out of date. Enjoy!

http://www.diatomfilter.com/products..._d1_filter.htm

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Thanks for the link. The filter pad is still very much attached but I think I am going to need a new one anyways.
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Also why should it be run for only brief periods? The only reason I could find is so the fish don't get tired of constantly having to swim against the current.
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