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Old 02-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #11
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I agree that you can get a new biowheel cheaper - but you lose alot of beneficial bacteria everytime you replace it.

Honestly, I would just get another filter (ex: Aquaclear 70) - that way, your bacteria can grow on the biomax insert. It is not mechanical, so you will be done with "that" problem!

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:15 PM   #12
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I have Marineland filters on 3 tamks. yes it is cheeper to replace the bio filter. Yes you loose bb, however; just put the bio wheel in the tank until you new wheel builds up. If your tank is established the loss of bb will not make a difference to the tanks filtration.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #13
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It's on a 26 gallon, so if I upgraded to a aqua clear 30, would that be enough filtration? Or should I get an aqua clear 50? I just wanna get a new one and be done with it. The wheel still isn't spinning.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:11 PM   #14
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I would go with the 50,or even a 70 then if you upgrade size of tank you will have the filter for it. Put the filter at one end of the tank so the fish have a calm area.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #15
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If your set on a new filter, the 30 will work but I have learned one size larger helps. On my 55 I'll be running a 90 gallon filter. Currently I'm running a 60.

On my 10 I run a 30 gallon filter.

On my 24 I run a 60 gallon filter.

That is my two cents.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:37 PM   #16
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soak the wheel in the tank over night than try it if parts dry out they don't spin right
also could put small pieces of wax paper around the nipples to help it spin freely
also clean out intake propeller if it clogs the flow slows a lot
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:40 PM   #17
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I'm thinking about just getting the 30, I don't have the cash for a bigger filter, I'm currently trying to upgrade to a salter water tank. I dont plan on upgrading my freshwater tank anytime soon. And wanna save up for a 60 gal cube with LEDs. My lfs has one in and it looks great!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:05 PM   #18
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I just ordered the AC 30 for my 10 gal...

I have a AC 50 sitting right behind me about to get returned for a AC 70 for my 26 gal...

I have to say that MORE filter is better than less...

There are all kinds of opinions!
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Is there a big price difference between the 30 and the 50?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:35 PM   #20
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AC 30 is $27 on Amazon

AC 50 is $30 on Amazon

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