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Old 06-07-2005, 09:15 AM   #11
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ya and u can hook skimmers and overflows and other stuff to the canister
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#1) 10 gal- 2 mollies and 3 tiger barbs
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#1) 10 gal - just ferns
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#3) 30 gal - empty
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:16 AM   #12
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sorry im asking alot of questions, but i just want to make sure to get off on the right track
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:21 AM   #13
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its ok
the only dumb question u ask is the one u dont!!!!
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#1) 10 gal- 2 mollies and 3 tiger barbs
~~~~All tanks below are planted~~~~
#1) 10 gal - just ferns
#2) 10 gal - a pleco and 3 neon tetras
#3) 30 gal - empty
#4) 20 gal - qaurtine
#5) 50 gal - mature plants with cichlids
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:29 AM   #14
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At this point you need to let us know what you are trying to build. Size tank, FW or SW, Live plants or fish only, type of species you will keep, etc. Then we can help you with recommended filter types. There are many, many brands and models to choose from and when you get right down to it they are priced similarly as well. But they all perform many of the same functions. Canister filters as has been pointed out give you many options that you can customize to best provide filtration for your tank. This is done through differing media material. I prefer to run both power filter (HOB) and canister together. The power filters IMO do not filter small enough particulates and I like my water sparkling clear! I have found the bio-wheel on my Emperor 400 does a terrific job for biological filtration but a bio-wheel on a SW tank (I have heard) can turn into a nitrate fatory so watch out. Do a search on this site and Google and you will find more information than you can possibly read in months!!

Good Luck, your in a good place. Lots of folks to help you through your new tank. Remember, be patient and your fish will ultimately love you for it!
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:32 AM   #15
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The main benefit of a canister filter over a bio wheel filter comes down to two things.....Filtering capacity, which is only a consideration for 20 gallons + and that you can use more filter material. What size is your tank?
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:39 AM   #16
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haha. sorry about that guys
im setting up a 10 gl. FW
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:40 AM   #17
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its my first tank. so im not going any bigger yet.
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Depends on the size of your tank. Canister filters have a much larger volume per hour capacity and you have much more variation and volume of filter medium. What size is your tank?
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:05 AM   #19
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Sorry, my mistake. I thought my first post did not make it! Its ten gallons! There we go! I would personally be happy to use a bio wheel on this size tank
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:12 AM   #20
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yea, i think thats what im going to buy.
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