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Old 04-09-2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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buying new 46gal tank soon(which filter to use)

can i get away with one emperor 400 hob or do i need two smaller filters or do i need a canister filter
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Emperor 400 will do just fine. Or you can go with a cannister. Your choice. In my extra media containers, I use lava granules in one side and Hydor ceramic cyinders in the other. Works great. And if you don't want to pay so much for replacement filter cartriges, you can get them on ebay, non-Marineland cartriges which IMO are better than the Marineland cartriges and far cheaper.
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A hob will be fine, but I'd go with a canister.
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lonewolfblue, you said you put lava and ceramic in your extra media containers, is that in your hob or are you talking about your canister filter. i have been looking at the emperor and i dont think it has extra compartments for other medias.

what is a good brand for canister filters and how many gallons per hour do i need for a 46gal tank

diatom, fluval, rena, not sure which one is the right one for me, it seems like canisters move less water per hour than some hob types for the same amount of money. is it because they have more media and better filtration.

what would you recommend

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The Emperor does come with 2 extra media baskets that fit in there with the regular cartridges. I just use filter floss in mine.

Canister filters do move less water than a lot of HOBs, but they provide better and more efficient filtration than HOBs. That's why you don't really need the same turnover as you would if you choose the HOB. If you can afford it, go for a canister. Renas, Fluvals, Cascades, and Eheims are all highly recommended around this site.
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lonewolfblue, you said you put lava and ceramic in your extra media containers, is that in your hob or are you talking about your canister filter. i have been looking at the emperor and i dont think it has extra compartments for other medias.

what is a good brand for canister filters and how many gallons per hour do i need for a 46gal tank

diatom, fluval, rena, not sure which one is the right one for me, it seems like canisters move less water per hour than some hob types for the same amount of money. is it because they have more media and better filtration.

what would you recommend

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The Emperor 400 comes with 2 media baskets.
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do canister filters give the water the same airation even though they move less water or will i need to use a air pump if i go with a canister type

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It depends on where you want to position the spray bar. If you are planning a planted tank, you will want less surface agitation than you would with a HOB anyway.
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its not going to be planted
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You will have plenty of O2 in the water. I wouldn't worry much about it unless the water quality becomes less than desirable. But I would have an air pump on hand for one of those emergency situations.
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