Originally Posted by mgamer20o0
the only time it is a must is with co2
. other then that i run hobs on plenty of tanks as long as you keep the tank filled they can be silent too.
I don't think it is a must. I run pressurized CO2
with my HOB
without any issue. My big concern is mostly surrounding water quality/clarity. I am not sure the HOB
I have is good enough. It came in one of those packaged deals with the tank that I bought before I knew anything about the hobby, and it just seems like it takes too long to clean the water up after a cleaning, or moving anything around. Plus, I like the thought of being able to customize the stages of filtration in a canister, or swap around some stages based on what is going on with the tank. With my HOB
, it is pretty much filter, bag, with or without carbon, and that is about it.
BTW, my HOB
is silent. I sleep about 10 ft from it each night, and I cannot even hear it running. When the fan goes off with the lights, you could hear a pin drop in the room. Sometimes, I check to see if it is still even on... it is that quiet. Like you said, so long as the water is full, which is never an issue since I do weekly PWCs.
Thanks all for the excellent info and replies. I think it is something I will consider upgrading to when I move my tanks this summer.