Originally Posted by Bluefrog
You might also consider combining two smaller filters instead of one filter. The reason is that if you need to change your media, you can do them alternately, giving the first one time to catch up on bio-bugs and then change the other one. Also, if something should happen to one while you are away at work or whatever, you still have at least one filter running. I'm getting two AC
200's for my new 40 gallon (I have large fancy goldfish, a.k
.a. seacows, so I need extra filtration).
This is why Bio-Wheels on the Penguins and Emperors are liked so much, Once the Bio-Wheel is colonized by bacteria you can gravel vac, change filters, WHATEVER! at a whim because your bacteria colony resides in the wheel.
and if your starting a new tank, just move the Bio-Wheel to the uncycled tank, and put a new wheel on your current tank. Since your old tank has enouch bacteria on all the other surfaces you wouldn't incur a mini-cycle.
I wub my bio-wheel and plan on slowly converting all my tanks to Marine Land.
, I also have several AC
filters, I hate them. They always cut off, and have to be readjusted and I have had the problem recently of one loosing its prime, took it back and the new one is starting to have the same problem [ This will be the first filter replaced with a MarineLand filter for sure! ]