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Old 03-02-2009, 03:39 PM
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Dano mentioned to me before that with the tank I have I will need to get a better filter. At the moment I have a filter that came with the bundle, Tetra whisper 30. I don't know where to start here, HOB, undergravel? And than I need to know what filters are the best brand or recommended by you guys/girls. I have a 10% off at PetCo so I figured it's a good time to use it.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:08 PM
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Default Re: Filter for Cichlid Tank

I just got an Aqua Clear(HOB) for my tank. It replaced a Tetra Whisper. The tetra seams like it would clog up and run over the top of the bags. Plus all the coal or whatever it's called would go to the bottom of the bag. Not really filtering. In my opinion. This Aqua Clear if great. It pumps the water up though a piece of foam, then the coal, and finally over some bio stuff. Much better filtration. I thought it would be harder or messier since it has 3 pieces to clean but it's not.
This is just my opinion and what little experience I have.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:30 PM
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Default Re: Filter for Cichlid Tank

ive read great reviews on aquaclears hob
i've never used one, personally i perfer canister filters
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:56 PM
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canisters are too expensive though!
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:44 PM
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Default Re: Filter for Cichlid Tank

After many years and many filters, I have settled on the Penguin and Emperor Bio Wheel HOB type filters....The Penguins for smaller tanks and the Emperors for the larger tanks.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:47 PM
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Default Re: Filter for Cichlid Tank

Emperor makes a single bio-wheel hob type filter (the emporer 280) for smaller tanks as well.

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Old 03-02-2009, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: Filter for Cichlid Tank

Well I sort of want an overkill filter, to make sure my fish are happy biowheel seems to be recommended right?
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:22 PM
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The filters that have the bio wheel feature give you the advantage of more exposed surface area for the beneficial bacteria to grow.
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:44 PM
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Sounds like I will be purchasing a bio wheel, any recommended brands, models, anything?
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:08 AM
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I use Penguin and or Emperor filters. they come in various sizes for different gallon capacities.......There is an Emperor 400 on my 55 and 30 gallon now....The out flow on the 30 is a bit too strong.
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