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Old 04-23-2005, 07:12 PM   #11
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I love my aquaclear 300gph, with my 55 gallon. I agree that UG filters are horrible, i had one and it felt like all i ever did was siphon junk out of the gravel. Now ive got all live plants and my power filter and its so much easier to maintain. I would love to invest in a canister filter in the future becasue i heard they are wonderful.
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Old 04-23-2005, 10:44 PM   #12
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Power filters are best imo. You can use them on fw or sw. You can put whatever you want in it. I have 2 sw tanks and use the Tetratec 500 with built-in 200w heater on each. They are both filled with live rock rubble and any other media I need to add temporarily(carbon, chemipure, etc). I also have an aquaclear300 modded into a fuge and it works great.
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:51 PM   #13
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Power filters are best imo. You can use them on fw or sw. You can put whatever you want in it.
How is this an argument for power filters? You can do the same with canisters, and only the really top of the line Power filters allow for much variety at all in media.
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:53 PM   #14
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i would have to say canister filter

dont know why, i just recommend them because IMO the clean the water a heck of alot better than normal power filters
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:56 PM   #15
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I think people are defending power filters because they have them on their tanks. I did too for a long time, and they work great. Now I have a canister and it works even better. You can't go wrong with either, but a good canister filter is the best.
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:05 AM   #16
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It wasn't intended to be an argument just a statement about how I feel about my filters. I happen to like the hang on tank filters. I like knowing the water will probably not be able to get out of the tank. The few canister filters I have seen with my own eyes have been under the tank with hoses running to and from the tank. I don't really trust anything that is external to the tank. I have a sump on my 90g with an overflow box, and it is the only source of stress to me. I am constantly checking to be sure the flow hasn't stopped and water isn't about to overflow. The canisters might filter marginally better but to me it is just not worth the added worry. I also like that my heater is in the filter and heats all the water evenly. Again, it all comes down to personal opinion.
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:46 AM   #17
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i guess it all depends on how much you want to mess with the filter uh electrikat
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:07 AM   #18
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Cannisters are great for their biological,mechanical abilities.Less maintenance another advantage over other type filters.
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