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Old 01-15-2015, 07:49 AM   #11
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I absolutely hate my AquaClear 30. There's no flow. Get an Aqueon QuietFlow, awesome filters.


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Old 01-15-2015, 07:54 AM   #12
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I absolutely hate my AquaClear 30. There's no flow. Get an Aqueon QuietFlow, awesome filters.


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What size tank is it on?

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Old 01-15-2015, 08:01 AM   #13
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I absolutely hate my AquaClear 30. There's no flow. Get an Aqueon QuietFlow, awesome filters.


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There are other AC options if you want more flow.
The Aqueon QuietFlow series uses cartridges which you can DYI if so inclined. If you wanted to add ceramic media or something like Purigen, it would be a challenge.


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Old 01-15-2015, 10:34 AM   #14
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I personally prefer the Aquaclear. I have been using them since 1996. I still have my old Hagen Aquaclear 150 for up to a 30 gallon tank. It always kept my 20 gallon tank crystal clear.
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I have a Penguin 200 and an Aquaclear 110 on my 55 and an Aquaclear 70 on my 29. I think the Aquaclear is noisier personally (at least in my house!) but I like the flexability of the Aquaclear (i.e. add or remove media).
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I have been researching the Fluval C4 and Ohh my they are BA. There are soo many options for what kind off media you can store inside the pump itself. Unfortunately I really don't know how quiet they are.

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I have been researching the Fluval C4 and Ohh my they are BA. There are soo many options for what kind off media you can store inside the pump itself. Unfortunately I really don't know how quiet they are.

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They're ok. I have one.. honestly.. id just go ac, i know I'll upset some.. they're such a pita. It's like cleaning a cannister. Limited stock bio media as well.. i run ac's with cannisters and it's a perfect union..

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My Aquaclear is on a 30 but even on a ten the flow was nothing


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I really appreciate everyone's opinions. I'm getting the AC50 for now, and I've already put the AC70 on order. So, I'll have both models if need be. I would like to run them both to see which polishes the tank better. Also, I'm using my husband's decibel meter thingy-magigger and want to do a comparison between the two ACs and the Penguin. The tank is in the living room, adjacent to the bedroom, but we sleep with the door open so our 5 fur-babies can join us in bed if they so choose. Hence noise being an important factor.

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The 50 is rated for up to 50g; will it not be sufficient in your opinion?


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EDIT: Oops sorry .... don't know how I missed your post #19. I am going to leave this in tact for others to see. As for quiet .... my C'3's and AC50 are all dead silent and my C4 is "extremely quiet." What I have gleaned over time is that it's "luck of the draw/random" on the Fluval C's or AC's and often they take two or three weeks to quiet down. One of my C3's came out of the box loud as could be but I took the advice of others, gave it a few weeks and it became silent. You can look on youtube and find all kinds of cures for noisy impellers such as vaseline or cooking oil.

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's is way to coarse to act as a polishing pad. The AC70 does have plenty of space so you can add both floss and Purigen so it will look like your fish are "swimming in air."

An AC70 will do a nice job for you but I would urge you to at least consider a Fluval C4. The AquaClears have pretty severe bypasss issues and don't accomodate 50 or even 100 micron polishing pads. The AC's and Fluval C's are made by the same company and have identical motors (they even have the same part number).

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