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Old 12-27-2005, 09:24 PM   #1
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What filter should I get?

I've read the reviews and they were helpful but I'm still not sure what filter I should get for my 29 gallon. Right now I have a Zoomed 501 canister filter that was for a turtle tank. It certainly does the job well but I was thinking about getting a new one for two reasons: 1) The Zoomed is really annoying to clean sometimes and 2) I'm thinking about upgrading to possibly a 55 gallon at some point so it'd be nice to have a filter that can handle that. I was thinking about possibly an Aquaclear or Penguin (hang on back for ease of cleaning). The Penguin just seems nice because of the biowheel but does that really help much more with biofiltration? Does anyone have any suggestions? I mainly just want a good easy to clean filter thats rated over 50 gallons.
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:40 PM   #2
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Rena filstar xp3 or Fluval 404. Depends on current, and stocking levels and type of tank you want in the future. I could rattle off many more filters.
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:29 PM   #3
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Well they say a canister filter is the best... ive heard great things about the fluval. But i personally love my aquaclear's. I have 2 aquaclear 70's running on my 55 gallon tank that filter 300 gph each. according to them the 70's is rated for up to a 70 gallon tank. I have an aquaclear 30 on my 10 gallon tank and it does an excellent job as well. HTH!!
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You can get bio-max things for aquaclears (they actually come with the filter anyway) which do basically the same thing as a bio-wheel except they stay in water. I would go with an aquaclear 70 on a 29g.
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:13 AM   #5
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I like AquaClear HOB's too. I think a canister is sort of overkill on a typicaly 29gallon. If you already had a spare one, use it, but I wouldn't go buy a new $70 canister for it.

a filstar xp3 would be far too much current for a 29gallon. I run that on my 75gallon and it still blows some plants around. XP1 would be more suited to that size tank.
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I will concur that an AquaClear 70 or Filstar XP1 would be your best choices....if you go with the AquaClear, run it with two sponges and a bag of bio-max.
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Old 12-28-2005, 01:27 PM   #7
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Yeah thats what I figured about the canister filters. I'd love to get one, but then again I'd love to be able to get a tank big enough that I would need one. Until then I guess I might as well not spend the money.

Everyone seems to like the AquaClears and they're definately cheaper than the Penguins so that sounds good to me.
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I'll add one last positive vote on the aquaclear filters. I have one on my 30gal and one on my 75gal. Love them both.
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I will concur that an AquaClear 70 or Filstar XP1 would be your best choices....if you go with the AquaClear, run it with two sponges and a bag of bio-max.
I actually use polyfiber stuffing from walmart (like filter floss i guess) as the first filtraton, then a sponge, then the biomax. Becuase i canjust toss the fiber stuff and my sponge doesn't get nearly as gunked up!!!.
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huh, stuffing, never consideredthat. lol
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