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What's your favorite filter

Post by Micheal on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:28 pm

Just wondering what your favorite filters is and why.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Aura on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:33 pm

Micheal, what a coincidence you should ask this today. It's a good thing no one could hear me cursing one of my AC110s yesterday! I know they are very popular and loved by most, but I'm not in that group.

I love my Rena XP canister filters!! Quiet, easy to maintain, no mess or spilling of water involved.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by bulldogg7 on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:39 pm

Emperor 400 for HOB
XP's for canister

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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by preacherboy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:00 pm

Sorry Aura for your trouble with AC110's but I still love mine!
I also use the Rena XP3's on my 125 and 75 tanks.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by theswede on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:15 pm

Eheim canister filters. For example I have an old 2013 that I bought in 1981 that still runs like a dream. Have´nt changed any parts in it. Not even the o-ring. thumbs up
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Emma on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:21 pm

For my 125 and Scotts 75 salt we use the 300 fluidized bed filters by Life quard/Pentair. They work great, but they are just bio filtration. For mech we run "pond" sponge prefilters, from Homedepot, on Maxi jet powerheads.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by buntbarsch on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:06 pm

90% of my tanks are run on AC's. I just love these filters (sorry Betty). The 160g has Rena XP3's, best conister I have ever had.

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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by iceblue on Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:24 pm

For aquariums over a hundred gallons I would have to say a sump-wet/dry system. Numerous advantages that almost everybody here is aware of.

For aquariums less than 100g it's hard to beat an AC110 used in conjunction with an XP3 canister.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by football mom on Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:19 pm

Rena, and I have had a Marineland 360 running for a couple of years, with no issues. I have a wide variety of filters, both cans and HOB.

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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Rockfish on Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:34 pm

AC 110's
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Micheal on Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:22 pm

I'm surprised we have so many AC 110 filter lovers most of the time in filter topics all you hear about is canisters being the best.
I have 6 AC 110's and I usually get rid of the carbon bag which i replace with filter floss. The only problem I have had was bought one and when i got home it was all cracked. Took it back and the store swapped it with no problem.
I also picked up several Whisper 40's for half price and I use these on my 20 longs and so far they seem to do ok.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Aura on Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:09 pm

Micheal, I've had two ACs cracked and broken before I even opened the box.
I will say that their customer service was excellent with replacing the broken ones -- I just wish they had replaced them with Rena canisters. Laughing
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Rockfish on Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:57 pm

There was a time I was a canister man myself, now don't get me wrong I still use canisters but I came to the realization that when you start having many tanks to maintain canisters start to become a PIA. I can thoroughly clean an AC110 in under 2 minutes but breaking down my Eheim 2028's take me 1/2 an hour or more to do a good job and that turns into almost an hour for my my Eheim 2080's and that's if the gaskets dont give me a problem.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by Super Turtleman on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:11 am

I also like AC 110s best. I've got Emperor 400s, Penguin 350s, Whisper 60s and a Rena XP3 (which runs a close 2nd), but I still love the AC 110. I also think I like the Penguin 350 more than the Emperor 400. I wish the Emperor had a see through lid!!!

I had good customer service the 1 time I had to call AC for a replacement for a cracked intake tube.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by poolmako on Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:16 am

for a bio filter nothing beats a fluidized sand filter 3 pounds of sand has something like 200 square feet of surface area, mechanical filter all i want is to cycle has much water over the filter media dont care if its a hob or canister.
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Re: What's your favorite filter

Post by football mom on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:10 am

Today I cleaned 4 canister filters... Marineland 360, Fluvals, and Cascade.
By far the easiest and less hassle was with the Marineland.

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