In my 37 gal
tank I have the Eclipse bio-wheel filter, and was wondering if I can achieve better results with something like an AquaClear 200 or 300. I am pleased with the overall performance of the eclipse system, but since it is my first and only tank I have nothing to compare this to. I do not have any fish in my tank that produce a large bioload, and as I mentioned before I am pretty happy with the way my current filter works, but I am always looking to improve the quality of life for my fish (and reduce costs).
I have done some reading about the AquaClear filters, but had some questions that I thought someone might be able to help me with:
1. The eclipse system filters at a rate of 250 gph
while the AquaClear 200 (which has been suggested for my 37 gal
tank) only filters at 200 gph
. I assume that moving to the AC200 would be taking a step down in performance? If so, would there be an issue in using the AC300 which filters 300 gph
, or would that be too much for my tank?
2. I have read that many people prefer the AquaClear and other similar products because in comparison to the eclipse filters, they are much cheaper to maintain. Just looking for someone who has had both and can speak to this point.
3. My assumption is that I can not use the AquaClear with the standard eclipse hood?
4. Is there anything besides the filter/media, and new hood that I would need to convert from the eclipse system?
5. Anyone have any suggestions as to products similar to the AquaClear which they consider to be better?
Thanks in advance to anyone with the patience to answer any of my questions.