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power filter 10 50.00%
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Old 04-23-2005, 02:53 AM   #1
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i am confused which is best
i bought a aquaclear 200
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For overall flexibility, powerfilter.
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:08 AM   #3
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I have power filters on all my tanks and they work great.
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Old 04-23-2005, 12:17 PM   #5
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I'd use a power filter simply because it better fits into my budget, but a canister is also a great choice. Skip the UGF though, they are essentially just outdated waste traps and a power filter or canister will be much better for you. The Aquaclear 200 will probably be ok but I personally would have picked the AC 300 instead, as I like to turn my water over about 10 times per hour if possible (the 300 wouldn't do this either, but the next size up is the 500 and that would just be overkill). Or if you want you could add a second AC 200 for a total of 400 gph, but it wouldn't really be necessary I'm sure, just a personal preference of mine.
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IMO the canister filter is the best. It holds tons of media and you have the chioce of what media to use. They also can filter tons of water and they make it so you can put your tank right up aginst the wall.

Power filters are cheaper and they do work very well but you need to leave the tank out a good ways from the wall.

Undergravel filters are just way out dated and a waste trap as already stated.
I wouldn't waste my money.
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I vote for canister overall, especially for planted tanks. (same reasons as
oscarbreeder) However power filters work well otherwise and are cheaper.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:41 PM   #8
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I have a power filter on my 30g and a canister on my 75g.

Power Filter - Great for keeping tank water clear and has an absolutely amazing ease of maintenance.

Canister - A larger amount of filtration for the size of the tank. Massive amount of media baskets. Also, makes the tank footprint a lot smaller as you don't need as much room in the rear of the tank. I saved 4".
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Canister: quieter, less maintenance, and more flexable.
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Aquaclears require very little maintenance. They don't have those cartridges that you have to change, you can just rinse the sponge block in tankwater during PWCs every once in a while.
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