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Old 12-16-2013, 12:56 PM   #11
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I would like to stick with hang on back I think. These Aquaclear reviews seem fantastic. Amazon has it for 49.99. However, isn't the "next step up"/even better filter brand Fluval? An HOB Fluval C3 is $50.00 on Amazon. Thoughts/debates? Thanks
The flow rate is much lower on the Fluval. For the same price, I would definitely go with the Aquaclear 70. They're both made by the same company anyway; in fact, they are even rebranding the Aquaclear as another Fluval now.

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Don't those filters don't last long in tanks with sand in them tho..
Cut an aquaclear foam block to fit over the intake, then cut an X shaped hole in the middle. Slip it on there and you're golden.
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The flow rate is much lower on the Fluval. For the same price, I would definitely go with the Aquaclear 70. They're both made by the same company anyway; in fact, they are even rebranding the Aquaclear as another Fluval now. Cut an aquaclear foam block to fit over the intake, then cut an X shaped hole in the middle. Slip it on there and you're golden.
Thanks but I have a canister filter
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I have tried HOB filters, sponge filters, and internal filters. I finally invested in a Fluval canister filter and it was the best decision I've ever made. The water is next level clean and it really eliminates the bulk and visual distraction of the other types of filters. Definitely worth the money - you will not regret it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:38 PM   #14
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I have had a Marineland hob filters on all my sand tanks and its always been fine. Going on 2 years now
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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Thanks but I have a canister filter
I do the same thing for my canisters. It works the same way.

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Old 12-17-2013, 05:38 PM   #16
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I had two Aquaclear 70's running on my 55 gallon for a long time, and they were running way before that. I switched the 55 up to a canister but I still have one 70 running on the 55 and I moved the other to a 36 gallon. Both are and have always ran great.

My 55 is sand substrate and I have never had a problem with the sand getting in the filter, of course you don't want to go in there and just mix the sand all up. They are IMO one of the best, if not the best HOB for the money. You have a lot of choices as far as media with a dual setup.
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The OP said that AC70 offers the flexibility to filter a 50 gallon tank. This isn't true. I don't care what their marketing team says. An AC70 can handle a 30 gallon, at the most, and that's it. In a 30 gallon it barely produces enough flow and surface agitation as it is. The addition of an airpump would not be a bad idea.
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An Ac70 is perfectly fine for an under stocked 55? It could handle a heavily stocked 30 gallon easily they are a large filter. The bubbler isn't a bad idea for oxygen reasons. But as far as filtration goes you can't go wrong with the AC70.
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An Ac70 is perfectly fine for an under stocked 55? It could handle a heavily stocked 30 gallon easily they are a large filter. The bubbler isn't a bad idea for oxygen reasons. But as far as filtration goes you can't go wrong with the AC70.
I have to disagree. An AC70 is no good for a 55. Two of them? Yes. Absolutely. But not one.
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That's fine you can have your opinion of course over filtration is better but 1 IMO is fine for a not overstocked 55.
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