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Old 11-09-2015, 07:36 PM   #1
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Is this filter worth the extra price?

I have used Marineland filters for years and i love them. Im getting a 60g to most likely get an oscar and i wasn't sure if the price on the these filters was worth it. I plan on going overboard with the filter system(hob filters for now, canisters when i can afford it).

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Old 11-09-2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of marineland filters. They have always crapped out on me.

Canisters are within your reach. I've used one of these 11 months now. It's quiet as a mouse and has ran flawlessly.

Cascade® 1000 Canister Filter for up to 100 Gallon Aquariums, 265gph https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DJ9NY..._yetqwb5FG56VR


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I've used an Emperor 280 and the smaller Penguin 200 for a few years. Initially they were fine but over time the noise from the impellers made me switch filters. They did move quite a bit of water. Not 100% sold on the biowheel as being the ultimate biomedia. I did not like the dependence on proprietary cartridges. I like the non-cartridge design of the Fluval/Hagan/AquaClear series.
If you can do a canister, then that would be your best bet for that tank size.


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Ive used the emperor 350 for over a year on my 60 gallon mbuna tank. I personally like the fluval aquaclear model a lot better as a hob filter. My penguin 350 is still kicking but I far prefer the fluval filters.
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I am all aqua clear for HOBS(too many).
Some have had noise issue with them but I think all filters make noise(except canisters{some}).
I have over 1000 g so noise is not an issue for me opposed to performance.
The flexibilty the aqua clears offer is not matched by any other hob.
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I ran 2 ACs on my 75g that was home to an oscar and sev. Still my favorite filter
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Echoing the above, also in love with the AquaClears! I started with an Aqueon QuietFlow and added an AquaClear when I snagged a used one cheap. I much prefer the AquaClear overall. The media compartment is super convenient, as is the ability to adjust the flow. All in all it's fairly quiet too.
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Okay guys I will try Aqua Clear. Can someone link me to examples of good ones? I didn't find any of Petmart's website. I have another local store but they are a little far away.
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Okay guys I will try Aqua Clear. Can someone link me to examples of good ones? I didn't find any of Petmart's website. I have another local store but they are a little far away.

Here is a link to the Fluval Aqua Clear power filters on the website. For that tank size and heavy bioload occupants I would go with the AC110. Or for $10 more you can get a pair of the AC70s


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I almost always order online since it is cheaper.
Hagen Aquaclear Power Filters
This is one of the sites I use.

+ 1 with fresh on 110 or 2 @70.

I use 2 @ 70 on my 55g ram grow out tank.
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If your plan is to eventually go with a cabister just go with one of these. http://www.amazon.com/SunSun-China-H.../dp/B008986EQO

Mine has been running faithfully for 2 years now.
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If your plan is to eventually go with a cabister just go with one of these. http://www.amazon.com/SunSun-China-H.../dp/B008986EQO

Mine has been running faithfully for 2 years now.
In your opinion mebbid, is the UV sterilizer in these effective?
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I would say its effective for algae but nothing else. The flow rate is too high to kill other things in the water.
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