Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
That was brought up earlier.
It helps to see these filters running in person. A filter is nothing more than flow rate and media capacity. High flow filters create flow in the tank and clean a lot of water in a given period of time. But without media the best flow won't actually clean a thing. Massive amounts of filter media are what clean. A thin slide in cartridge like you will get with almost any filter out there are just that, a 1/2" of filter material. Sprinkle some carbon in the middle of the cartridge and you have a filter cartridge that matches almost every one on the market. If you are lucky you will get a second cartridge for nitrifying bacteria. Then you have the AquaClears with a massive foam block, followed by a big bag of carbon (or peat granules, crushed coral, whatever you want). To top it all off you get another big bag filled with biomedia. If you don't use carbon you can double up on biomedia. In my opinion there really is no comparison. If you only had one available to you or one was much more expensive than the other then I could see debating whether or not it is worth the extra hassle for the other. But I have used Emperors (even brought the entire line in to one shop I was running) and have used AquaClears. The extra media with the AC
really is worth it, and if you are concerned about the superior biowheel (and it is by far superior when it comes to biological filtration) then simply add a DIY one on to an AC
Thanks; while I don't understand all of what you state here in the technical sense, I see that you suggested the AquaClear 110 in an earlier post. Do you still recommend one of these for my 60-gallon goldfish tank?
What about the fact that I am in the midst of dealing with an Ich problem now -- should I even be concerned with changing filters right now?