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Old 01-23-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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Great deal on a filter, but is it too strong?

I was at the petstore about a month ago and I came across an Emperor 280, these cost $50. There was a sticker on the box saying that it was 30% off due to a beat up box. I had a $15 giftcard to there from relatives. I got that awesome filter for only $15 dollars of my own money!!!!!! 8O

I put it in my 20gal planted where it is now. My question is, is it too powerful?

I plan to get a 46 gal bow front tank for my birthday(I hope) and I will move it there.
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:42 PM   #2
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What's the gph on the filter?
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:51 PM   #3
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280 gallons per hour, but I adjusted it so its weaker.
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:55 PM   #4
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That's a lot of filtration, but it's perfectly adequate for a 46gal. Since your expecting this for your birthday, why not go for the 55?
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:58 PM   #5
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hrm i dont think itll be that much... i mean I have a 10 gal with a 170 which seems to suit my fish fine.. I haven't had anything sucked in (it currently houses a few danios.. small small frogs, ghost shrimp and some really weak swimming plecos) -- it keeps the tank really clear and provides a nice current
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The Emp 280 is fine for a 20g tank. I wouldn't want anything less on a 46 or 55 gal tank. You can run it wide open on the 20 as long as the current isn't bothering the fish. This is an excellent filter that should give you years of trouble free service.
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I have the same filter on my 20 gal and have running full throttle. As long as the fish can still swim your fine.
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i run a HOT magnum 250 gph on a 20 np at all
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My 29 gallon has about 500 GPH pumping through it so no its not to much filtration for alot of types of fish. Some fish need calmer water though so youd have to look at what fish you have or plan to have and go from there.
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I have a 46 gallon bow front tank with a H.O.T Magnum 250 gph and it has plenty of filtration for it.
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