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Old 12-27-2004, 03:16 PM   #1
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Equip for 30 gal

What are some good heaters and filters for a 30 gal?
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Old 12-27-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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AquaClear 70/300 filter, maybe one of the new Penguin 350s. You can also try a canister if you were insterested in that.

For heaters, get a 150w Visitherm, Ebo, or Titanium heater.
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Old 12-28-2004, 03:33 PM   #3
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are there any undergravel filters that i would be able to use in sand? btw, my tank is going to be a fo fw.
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Undergravel filters can not be used with sand from my understanding.

HOB filter work SO MUCH better anyhow and aren't a nitrate trap.

I'd recomend checking out www.bigalsonline.com

I have bougth a lot of stuff from them recently and I'm very pleased

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Old 12-29-2004, 07:17 AM   #5
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Undergravel filters do not work with sand substrates. Go with a power filter instead because they are easier to maintain and more effective. The only thing to worry about is making sure you don't stir up the sand so that it gets sucked into the filter. I like the Marineland Penguins (330 or new 350B) because of the BIO-Wheel but the Aquaclears are good too.

I recommend the Hagen Tronic 150W heater. I have found them to be extremely reliable and there is an optional heater guard available to protect the heater from rocks, etc.
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i was thinking of a Marineland Stealth 200 heater and maybe a penguin 125 or 170-(has bio-wheel). i should have known about the undergravel filter, after all it is an UNDERGRAVEL filter.
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Penguin 125 or 170 is really a bit on the small side to be the only filter on a 30g. A larger filter should be only a few $$$ more and well worth it.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:18 PM   #8
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uhhhh... penguin 170's are ok for up to 50 gals..
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Maybe it says that on the package, but really you would not want to use a Penguin 170 on a 50 gallon tank. Maybe it you had one or two fish you could get away with it, but a 170 is really not appropriate for much above a 20 or 25g IMO.

Filter manufactures usually aim high with tank ratings so they can call more filters. If one company sells a $20 filter for up to a 20g tank, and another company sells a $20 filter that says it goes up to 75g tank, cosumers would be more likely to buy the on rated up to a 75g.
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I have a Penguin BIO-Wheel 170 on a 29g tank and it has been adequate. I also have a Penguin BIO-Wheel 330 on a 30g tank and the water is as clear as can be. I adjusted the intake on the 330 to slightly reduce the water flow so my angelfish wouldn't get swept around the tank. I think most experienced aquarium owners recommend a filter that turns over the water 7 to 10 times per hour. Based on that a filter rated in the 210 to 300gph range would make sense here.
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