Originally Posted by acidburn
Get a Fluval C series. They are the next gen of aqua clears. I just returned an AQ20 for a Fluval C2 and the quality and layout is awesome.
You are right. I have a C3 and an AC50 running side by side and Fluval C is far superior. I even ordered a second Fluval C3 because the AquaClear 50 media basket is a real pain and I even have to use duct tape to stop the bypass issue. The Fluval C series renders the AquaClear design obsolete.
The polishing pad and the trickle chamber are not gimmicks and there is ZERO bypass through the mechanical phase of filtration. I use all cut to fit mechanical media + purigen + the factory Cnodes for biological filtration and my water is Uber clear.
The AquaClear has no polishing pad. Moreover, because the water moves from bottom to top instead of back to front the water velocity in the Aquaclear is too high for traditional polishing pad so you are forced to use floss to polish the water........ and floss just is not as good as the 100 micron polishing pads.
I know Mr. Sprinkles thinks the fish don't need crystal clear water ...... but I LOVE crystal clear water and the Fluval C makes makes getting it a snap.
AquaClear Bypass Issues