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Old 08-18-2003, 11:56 PM   #1
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Power Filter Advice Needed!

After a lengthy hiatus, I have decided to return to frey with a 55 gallon (long) glass tank.

I just have a few questions on the dizzying array of power filter options available.

1. I always assumed that the recommend necessary "turnover" was 3X per hour. Is this correct? Thus, will all be more than safe/happy with a 200 gph filter?

2. Will using a higher gph filter than the recommended rule of thumb ease and lessen maintence needs? i.e. water changes, chemical treatments, algae, gravel siphoning...

3. Will a higher gph result in a higher current that stresses certain fish? I plan on stocking, after initial tank set-up and cycling, approx. 15 neon tetra, and other, yet to be determined, non-aggressive fish.

4. Any advice on a reliable, quiet filter? I was, intially, leaning towards a Tetratac (I believe that is the correct spelling) with a intergrated heating element. Does anyone have any experience with said filter? I noticed while perusing the forums that most people seem partial to the Emporers. Why?

Thanks for any advice you can give, it will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Old 08-19-2003, 12:41 AM   #2
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I have a tetratec and i have been very pleased with it. I dont believe GPH will affect your water changes. And yes there are some fish that dont like much current such as discus.

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Old 08-23-2003, 03:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info!! I think I am going with the Emporer 330, initially, then adding a smaller Penguin Biowheel as a secondary/backup unit!!!
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