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Old 03-18-2005, 11:42 AM   #11
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first off, Kudos for severum mama for correctly advising you to run both filters for 2 weeks to avoid a mini-cycle.

Aqua Clears don't use a bio-wheel...you cannot hook one up.

For the record, I too ONLY use aqua clear HOB's for smaller tanks. They clean easily, the motors are cheap if you happen to burn one out, and the filter media chamber is the most customizable HOB on the market. I've run bio balls and filter floss in them, but normally i just use 2 sponge blocks, no carbon, no floss, nothing...
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Old 06-08-2005, 02:11 PM   #12
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Is it just me or are the Aquaclears small compared to other comparably rated HOB filters? I ordered a AC30 for my girlfriends 15g tank and it looked too small soo I re-ordered a AC50. It's still a bit smaller than her Whisper that came as part of the tank kit.

Malkore, you don't use bio-rings?
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I couldn't decide between Penguin and AquaClear... so I have both. = ) I have the penguin 100 (100 gph) and the AquaClear 70 (200gph). I like the Penguin for the bio wheel and I like the AquaClear because of the larger basket (I use ceramic rings) and the quietness. It also is about the same size of the Penguin, but twice as good in terms of gph. If I had to get just one, however, it would be the AquaClear hands down. You made the right choice.
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