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Old 07-11-2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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Internal Filter experiences

The "perfect spot" I have for the 2 20 gallon tanks that I'll be setting up is flush against a wall. I was thinking of using internal filters for these tanks since (a) a HOB would mean I need to move it out from the wall, and since its at the end of a counter moving it out increases the risk of it being banged into and (b) I don't have a place to put a canister.

I was looking at either of these products:
Fluval 3 Plus Underwater Filter
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=2885;pcid2=

or

Tetra Whisper 40I Internal Filter
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=2885;pcid2=

If you have any experience or comments (noise, efficiency, etc) please give me your thoughts.

Thanks !
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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ok, In my experience, i would go for the fluval, they are silent and efficient, I have had a tetra filter, but not that 1, imo its not as good, but i dont now about that1, If i were to buy one of the two, i would go for the fluval HTH,

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I just ordered 2 of these. Can't wait til I get them to try them out. Also helps in reducing clutter, lol.

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Oh, I like that all in one product ! What a great idea. Had you heard from anyone who has already used it ? Looks like a great option for the 20s !
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I don't know of anyone using it, but Hydors are usually very good products.
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Old 07-14-2006, 01:38 AM   #6
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I got my first one in today, still have one more coming. I installed it in the 10G, quite big for a 10G, lol. But it will work. Got another shipment or 2 coming tomorrow, will see if the other one is in that one, or one coming next week, lol. Got lots of goodies coming, lol.
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Cool - you're my guinea pig. Did you happen to measure the dimensions of it ? How's it working ? Is it quiet ?
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I use elite stingray filters. They work the same as hob filters, just in the water all the way. Stingrays are extremely quiet and sometimes you have to check to see if its on because you can't hear it.
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Dr. fosters catalog has the Elite Stingray Internal Filters on sale for the 5, 10, 15 gal. modles they also carry the Whisper , Fluval and Duetto brands. I hope this helps I just was looking through my new catalog and remembered youe thread

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Thanks Tess - so many choices LOL. I do like the idea of the all in one product - less outlets needed. Imagine a tank with only TWO plugs - one for the heater/filter/aerator and one of the lights ....
My one major concern is that if the unit breaks down then I'm out all three elements. Maybe I'll get a small filter and heater to keep on hand as spares just in case. I already have a collection of air pumps for some reason !
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