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View Poll Results: Which of these filters is the best?
AquaClear 70--$23--up to 70 gallons 2 6.67%
Penguin 350B--$27--up to 75 gallons 2 6.67%
AquaClear 110--$33--up to 110 gallons 23 76.67%
Emperor 400--$38--up to 80 gallons 3 10.00%
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Old 02-11-2006, 03:48 AM   #11
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To seed a new tank, use filter media from an established setup; siphoning some muck from the gravel and adding it to the new tank will also help. I've set up several new tanks that way, didn't have to cycle them, and had no problems with water quality.
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Old 02-11-2006, 05:27 PM   #12
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Aquaclear is the best HOB IME (and I have quite a few HOB sitting in the closet now).
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:22 AM   #13
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Aquaclear is the best HOB IME (and I have quite a few HOB sitting in the closet now).
One word - Ebay. I got $30 for my old Whisper 60 on Ebay, people are dum
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Wow... you could run a business that way. Just buy em new for 25 and sell em on ebay for 30 . Just to put in my 2 cents I would agree that the Aquaclear 110 is the way to go. Definately a good filter, and I have a 70 for my 29 gal and it's not too much so the 110 would be better for a 55 gal I'm sure.
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:29 PM   #15
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Yup, the Whisper 60 sell for $26 at Big Al's. Cheaper than E-bay.
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i reccommend the emperor basically because with my experience with the aquaclears.... to put it bluntly.... they are terrible!

other ppl may have had better experiences with me, but i found they are worthless. I liked mine just to put ceramic rings in for biological filtration... but anything past that... i hate em'
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i reccommend the emperor basically because with my experience with the aquaclears.... to put it bluntly.... they are terrible!

other ppl may have had better experiences with me, but i found they are worthless. I liked mine just to put ceramic rings in for biological filtration... but anything past that... i hate em'
You know, you are the only person that i have ever heard say that!
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When you have the extra cash, you could add another filter too. I love having massive filtration al all my aquariums and so do my fish.
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:14 PM   #19
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I went with the Aquaclear 110 and couldn't be happier. Also picked up a 200w heater, Coralife digital thermometer, some fake plants, and a fake centerpiece driftwood. Also snagged a twin tube light strip and some non-colored natural gravel. So, the tank is all set up now and I moved my pleco over to it. Seems to love the space, even though he's only about 2 inches long.
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