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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 02-10-2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Of these HOB filters, which is better for a 55 gallon African Cichlid tank?
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:49 PM   #2
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I prefer the aqua clear 110 for cichlids. Cichlids have a tendancy to get messy, LOL.
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I also went with the 110 you want as much filtration as you can possibly get.....you might even consider using a HOB and a cannister.
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29 Gal. FW: 2 variatus platies, 6 cherry barbs, 10 harlequin rasboras, 1 opaline gourami, 1 hillstream loach, 1 Rio Jari pleco (L-316), 1 GBR

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Old 02-10-2006, 04:40 PM   #4
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I would go with a canister instead of a hob. They are more effecient.
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I'm not ready for a canister style filter ($$$$) yet. Maybe down the road I'll add one and run both.
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It’s not on your list but I used the Magnum 250 Pro for 8 years without any trouble keeping 8 large cichlids in a 55 gal. IMO it’s one of the best and only about $30 more then the ones you did list. The Magnum 350 Pro is even better and can be kept under the tank. It’s what I use on my SW tank now.

Both are very easy to maintain and I haven’t had to replace a single part.
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Old 02-10-2006, 05:48 PM   #7
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It's out of my price range.
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Old 02-10-2006, 07:06 PM   #8
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Out of the ones you listed, I voted for the larger Aqua Clear. Africans are too messy and need the extra filtration.
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and aquaClears are die hard filters, and versatile with media.
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Alright....Aquaclear 110 it is! Picking up the stand, filter, and pure ammonia tonight to get the cycle started! Was going to do the Bio-Spira thing, but I figure it's better to see a normal cycle happen, as I haven't yet. My 10 gallon w/fantails and pleco has been up and running 2 weeks now with no trace of nitrites or nitrates yet. When the ammonia gets over .5 ppm I do a 30% water change. This seems to be every 48 hrs or so. I imagine the 10 gallon will finish cycling long before the 55 gallon, so even though I'm doing a fishless cycle on the 55 gallon, I'm going to seed it with some gravel from the 10 gallon as soon as it's done cycling.

Wow...typing that out confused me. Hope that it's clear!
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