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Old 03-30-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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I am setting up a small nano planted tank. Skip the details of all the plants and fish.. I want to know what is a good HOB filter. Tank is a 40 gallon tall. Not going to have to many fish maybe a handful of tetra. I want I know what is the best and I'd like it I be quite. Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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It's all a matter of opinion. Personally like the aquaclears and penguin biowheels.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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I was looking at getting a whisper 60. Do you think it's better to get something ratted for a lil bigger.

Also what should I put in the media bag... Not a fan of carbons
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:09 AM   #4
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I am setting up a small nano planted tank. Skip the details of all the plants and fish.. I want to know what is a good HOB filter. Tank is a 40 gallon tall. Not going to have to many fish maybe a handful of tetra. I want I know what is the best and I'd like it I be quite. Thanks!
If you are considering using CO2 injection then you may want to consider a canister filter. If you don't desire to use CO2 then I would recommend an aqua clear.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:26 AM   #5
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If you are considering using CO2 injection then you may want to consider a canister filter. If you don't desire to use CO2 then I would recommend an aqua clear.
What's the reasoning for using a canister with CO2? What does it do that a HOB can't? Not planing on using CO2, just in case I do later I would like to know all benefits.
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A HOB filter creates surface irritation with would cause the CO2 to be released from the aquarium. While injecting CO2 you want as little surface agitation as possible. A canister filter can create as much or as little service agitation, based on the height of the output nozzle. Now don't think that a HOB filter will be all bad, you would just have to inject more CO2 if you had a HOB filter.
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A HOB filter creates surface irritation with would cause the CO2 to be released from the aquarium. While injecting CO2 you want as little surface agitation as possible. A canister filter can create as much or as little service agitation, based on the height of the output nozzle. Now don't think that a HOB filter will be all bad, you would just have to inject more CO2 if you had a HOB filter.
I had a feeling that was the reason. I think I'll be goo with out the canister. I'm planing on using organic miracle grow under the sand for main source if nutrients. I've done it before.. Plants boom!
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Yup! That is fine. No need to have co2 to have a nice tank. To answer you last question, a filter larger will be better, but you don't want it so large that it creates a sand storm for your fish
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Yup! That is fine. No need to have co2 to have a nice tank. To answer you last question, a filter larger will be better, but you don't want it so large that it creates a sand storm for your fish
I also have heard that Co2 is scary as in a lil to much can wipe out your tank.. Killing all your fish
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Indeed, as you, the OP, have probably already discerned, this is a topic that has wildly fluxuating opinions; 99.9 percent of the aquatic hobbyist world will steer you towards a Hagen AquaClear...for my two cents worth, you should choose either an AquaClear or Aqueon QuietFlow...

http://usa.hagen.com/Aquatic/Filtration/Clip-On

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