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Old 02-27-2008, 12:35 PM   #1
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Need some advice on new tank

Hello everyone,

I haven't posted in a while... my 10gal tank has been setup and running for over a year now with great success (many thanks to AA). I am now, like most of us, wanting a bigger tank. I have a large open wall in our dining room that I would like a either a 20gal or 30gal long. My real question is what type of filter will I need for this? I have a HOB on my 10gal and that works fine. I purchased an undergravel filter and two powerheads when I first got my 10gal. I had the HOB and two powerheads in my little 10gal and the water was so choppy/bubbly it wasn't even funny. I removed the ugf and the power heads and just went with the HOB (as recommend on here).

The question is, can I use that same ugf and both powerheads in the 20 or 30gal long? Is that enough, or should I get a HOB filter?

I am going to be building the stand/enclosure myself to add some extra storage in my apartment. Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

PS - I have been looking at 30 Gal Tank Prices (thats where I saw they were using a HOB and ugf w/ powerheads). Also, I am not buying the whole kit, just the tank and lights.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:51 AM   #2
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I would use the undergravel and the small HOB. It'll be less work in the UGF and less chance of it getting too gunked up. Plus, the HOB/Biowheel type filters are great for that size tank and will keep it crystal clear and will be a great source of biological and mechanical filtration. I wouldn't do just the UGF.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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I don't recommend the UGF. I'd stick with either just a HOB (such as an AC50 for example) or consider a small canister filter (such as a Rena XP1 or XP2).

What type of setup will you be doing, as that may help determine better recommendations. Fish, layout, planted or not, etc.
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neilahn is right, i would take the UGF out all together in a tank that size, but since you said you were going to use it, that's why I suggested that plus a HOB. A Penguin 250 does great on my 29 gallon.
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Hey all, thanks for the replies! I wasn't sure if I could use the powerheads/ugf or not. The only reason I asked is because I have them and are not using them. I think I will go with a HOB either AC50 or the Penguin 200.

The tank is going to be replacing my 10gal I have setup right now. It is a freshwater, no live plants. Right now the current stock would be 2 albino cories, 2 diamond tetras, and 1 guppy. Those are all the fish I have in my current setup. I used to have a few more but the last fish I bought killed half my tank :-|

Regardless, there will only be a few fish (ones mentioned above) at start up and no live plants.

Going from a 10gal to a 30gal should not be much more work should it? Besides the obvious pwcs and cleanings... ?
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If you keep it lightly stocked like that, you should be fine with a Penguin HOB and your normal water changes.
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