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Old 06-20-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Filters..

I have a whipser 20 on my 20 gal tank. Also a Aqua-Tech 30-60 on my 55 gal tank. Both came wit the tanks when i purchased them. Will these filters make do, or should i get somethin bigger to cycle more water?
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it all depends on what you are putting in your tank, there is never too much filtration for an aquarium....for the 20 gal IMO i would get a penguin 150-200 w/ bio-wheel.....whisper does a good job but when you change the filter you take away all the bacteria and w/ a bio-wheel you dont change that it just stays in the filter and you can change the cartridge...good luck!!!
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there is never too much filtration for an aquarium.
I know that this is a widely held belief but Im of the opinion that there can be too many gallons per hour of filtration in an aquarium.. I do agree that there really cant be too much filter capacity though..
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how much does one of those bio-wheels run cost wise? for the 20 gal? for the 55 gal?
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If you clean your whispers correctly you do not remove the bacteria.. (get a big zip-lock type bag and fill it with aquarium water and place the bag in it and shake the bag well..) you can seed a new bag by placing on the clean water side of the filter a few days before the change..
Your fine with the filters you have.. the bio-wheel holding the bacteria is really a risky way to go in my opinion as well.. I would seed new cartridges for them as well..
I like aquaclears for a replacement.. they have sponges that really dont need replacement and if they do you can just seed the new one before you replace it..
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yea, i will probably just keep the ones that came wit the tanks. I was just curious that is all. I will make sure that I seed the new filters a few days prior to changing the old ones.

Thanks for your advice.
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No problem...
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I had an AquaTech in a 10 gallon WalMart kit and I wasn't impressed. I've never used Whispers but I haven't heard such great things about them. If you're looking for HOBs I would suggest the Penguin or Aquaclear 200 gph, and maybe an Emperor 400 or an Aquaclear 500 for your 55 gallon. I keep cichlids in my 55 gallon so I use an Emperor 280 and an Emperor 400. If you want quiet filters, however, go with the Aquaclear.
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the Penguin filter w/ bio-wheel's cost about....

Penguin Power Filter 100B $16.99-For up to 20 gallons
Penguin Power Filter 150B $18.99-Up to 30 gals.
Penguin Power Filter 200B $20.99-Up to 50 gals.
Penguin Power Filter 350B $26.99-Up to 70 gals.
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http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1119370537419
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The AquaTech 30-60 is the same as the Penguin BIO-Wheel 330 but without the BIO-Wheels. You can upgrade the AquaTech to the Penguin by adding two BIO-Wheels, two brackets and two sets of bearings. Depending on where you get the parts it might actually be chaper to just buy a new Penguin 350B filter though.
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