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Old 06-14-2012, 04:57 PM   #11
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I bought the Eheim used a year and a half ago for $80. Never any problems, it's very quiet. You can get them $130 new with media. The AC110 is almost a year old with no problem, I have another on my tiger barb tank. Quiet for a HOB and easy to mix media. I don't use carbon, I put blue bonded filter pads between the sponge and noodles for polishing.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:02 PM   #12
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The best filter is the one you are willing to keep maintained. For HOBs, it is hard to beat an AC, since you don't have to turn them off to clean the elements. They can be done at every water change. If you like the idea of storing the crud in your tank, rather than removing it, a cannister is best, as it hides the crud out of sight.
Well said. I clean out my canister every 4-5 weeks. I rinse the HOB media with every PWC, but the whole filter needs a full cleaning every month or so too.
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