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Old 12-31-2010, 01:08 PM   #1
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Sure this has been answered...many times

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I have a kit in a box 30 gal set-up. The hang on back filter that came with it is an Aquatech...seems fine, only a few deaths over the years but I feel like I am ready to get just a little cleaner/clearer environment. I also want to increase my fish density a little.

Any thoughts from more experienced folks on the next grade up (or plus one) for a hang on power filter?

Whisper vs. Aquaclear for example?

Also how about going up one size...40 gal filter for 30 gal tank?

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Old 12-31-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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I'd recommend the AquaClear 50 hands down. If you are more towards the overstocked side then I might go with the AquaClear 70. They have large media baskets (which is a plus) and run very quiet. I personally run mine with polyfiber and a bag full of those bioballs or whatever they call them.

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Old 12-31-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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Ditch the HOB and get an external canister filter.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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+1 on a an Aquaclear; I do like them. If you have some space, a canister filter is good too.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:51 PM   #5
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AquaClears rule. Definitely step up to the AC50 or the AC70. A good rule of thumb is to take the manufacturer's rating and cut it in half.

My tanks and filters:

40B - AC110
29g - AC70
20L - AC50 with AC70 impeller
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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If you're going to stick with a HOB then I agree the aquaclears are probably the way to go. If you're serious about stepping it up, though, as said above look into canister filters. Much better IME for filtering a tank.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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I use an aquaclear 110 and think its great. What ever you do upgrade to I'd leave the old filter on so the new one can get broke in or even better leave them both on
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Yet another vote for AquaClear. I'd go with the AC70. I have an AC50 on one of my 10g's and an AC20 on the other. The one with the 50 stays super clear

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I love my aquaclears they keep my tanks sooooo clear and clean.Also they are super quiet!Just my input.

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