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Old 11-26-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Smile New Power Filter for 55 gallon tank

So recently my "whisper 60" is not so whispery anymore due to old age. I was thinking of getting a new filter for my tank and can not decide which one to buy.

My following options are
Marineland Penguin 350b
Whisper 60
Aquaclear 50

These are roughly in the space price range. What I am looking for is a quiet, efficient and sturdy filter. Please do recommend other filters that are just as efficient for the same price range.
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Also considered the Marineland Emperor 280
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:59 PM   #3
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liked my whisper 60, but I JUST switched to a canister after getting sick of changing out filter pads every 3-4 days. that being said, yeah...i liked my whisper, never gave me problems, has ran forever, never leaked etc. Good luck!
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How often do switch the filter pads for the canister? Would a canister be more worth it in the long run?
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:32 PM   #5
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From what I've read and heard, you have to keep an eye on the canisters water output to see if it's time for a change. My particular filter allows a 'partial' filter change, where you can actually rinse out the pre-filter pad.

Long and short of it, you don't have to change filter pads as much with canisters, I feel they probably do a better job filtering overall, and the flexibility to use custom filter media is great!
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The ability to use custom filter media requires one to create their own filter media, right?
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not necessarily...most places you can buy filter media bags that will hold the 'stuff'

Eheim makes filter pads that are designed for said product, but if you want to add additional things such as peat, or additional chemical filtration, you would probably end up using the media bags.
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I am considering heavily on the Emperor 400, since it is $40 with a 10 dollar rebate and the bio-wheel sounds like a nice touch.
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@ffmedic, you really don't need to change the cartridges until they are falling apart.
On another note, the Emperor 400 would be a great choice. I love emperors! I have both the 400 and the 280 running on my 55g. I would recommend them.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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That's a great product too. (Emperor)

KonvictKeep - I was changing cartridges because I had water spilling out over the top of the filters, not because I felt it was 'better' for my tank/fish.

If you don't mind the extra cost go with a canister, many folks will swear by them due to less continuous maintenance and increased flexibility. Otherwise the Emperor, Whisper or whichever you choose will work great as well.
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