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Old 07-09-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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Fluval C4 vs AquaClear 50

I have a AquaClear 50 on my 20 gallon tank and its filtering fine. I've recently found out about the Fluval C series and was wondering if it would be worth upgrading to a Fluval C4 in the future.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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Don't waste your money, keep the AC...
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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Don't waste your money, keep the AC...
Thanks. That's what I was planning to do. I was jus wondering if the C4 was any better.
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I have a AquaClear 50 on my 20 gallon tank and its filtering fine. I've recently found out about the Fluval C series and was wondering if it would be worth upgrading to a Fluval C4 in the future.

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Not worth the hassle, it's not going to give you anything more than the AC-50 is currently doing. I've heard good things about the C4 series ... but not enough to "upgrade"
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Not worth the hassle, it's not going to give you anything more than the AC-50 is currently doing. I've heard good things about the C4 series ... but not enough to "upgrade"
Ok, it was just the "5 stage filtration" that caught my eye. Thanks!
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I own both AC and Fluval C series of filters.. IMO, I think the Fluval C4 is definitely an improvement in design and innovation.. they're both from Hagen and share the same impeller assembly.. but that's where the similarities end. The Fluval C series is like a canister and HOB hybrid with its modular design and wet dry biological compartment. I highly recommend it.

Edit: but since you already have a working AC 50, I probably wouldn't "upgrade" to a Fluval C. A true upgrade would be to go with a Fluval 06 canister. I have the 306 on my 26g and couldn't be happier.
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I own both AC and Fluval C series of filters.. IMO, I think the Fluval C4 is definitely an improvement in design and innovation.. they're both from Hagen and share the same impeller assembly.. but that's where the similarities end. The Fluval C series is like a canister and HOB hybrid with its modular design and wet dry biological compartment. I highly recommend it.

Edit: but since you already have a working AC 50, I probably wouldn't "upgrade" to a Fluval C. A true upgrade would be to go with a Fluval 06 canister. I have the 306 on my 26g and couldn't be happier.
Thanks! And I think a canister filter would be unesescary for a 20 gallon
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Not necessarily... that's a matter of perspective. I have the Fluval 106 on my 6g rimless tank in my office next to my desk. Not only is it super efficient but it's super quiet too... unlike any HOB filter I've used. It's not that foreign of an idea to use canister filters on smaller tanks... Take BillBug68's 12 gallon long TOTM... It also uses a Fluval 106. A ton of nano builds use Eheim classic canister as well. Just depends on your needs and budget.
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Not necessarily... that's a matter of perspective. I have the Fluval 106 on my 6g rimless tank in my office next to my desk. Not only is it super efficient but it's super quiet too... unlike any HOB filter I've used. It's not that foreign of an idea to use canister filters on smaller tanks... Take BillBug68's 12 gallon long TOTM... It also uses a Fluval 106. A ton of nano builds use Eheim classic canister as well. Just depends on your needs and budget.
Hmm....
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