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What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby halffrozen » Fri May 11, 2012 11:53 pm

So I was running a Fluval C3 and a Quiteflow 30 and the tank is ALWAYS crystal clear, I am just wondering if there are better HOB filters I can get to either run alone, or with another.

I keep seeing people SWEAR by Aqua Clears, and rarely anyone talking about the Fluval C series. I just want to see what people have the most positive experience with.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby 13razorbackfan » Sat May 12, 2012 12:20 am

I don't have the fluval C series so I can't speak to that but I do own the AC110. I like it. It has strong flow at 500gph and is adjustable down to 300 gph. It is customizable which is nice. Have you thought about a canister filter?
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby halffrozen » Sat May 12, 2012 12:45 am

I have, was looking at a EHEIM Classic 250 External Canister Filter 2213. Read a ton of great reviews on it for tanks bigger then mine. Or also the 2215.

This tank is now going to be a lowly planted tank with about 8 Bolivian rams and some other random fishes to take up the top level.

I may just have to check out an AC110.
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby 13razorbackfan » Sat May 12, 2012 1:14 am

halffrozen wrote:I have, was looking at a EHEIM Classic 250 External Canister Filter 2213. Read a ton of great reviews on it for tanks bigger then mine. Or also the 2215.

This tank is now going to be a lowly planted tank with about 8 Bolivian rams and some other random fishes to take up the top level.

I may just have to check out an AC110.

Yep....the eheim would be a good filter for that set up. I would look at the classic 2217. I have owned them in the past....work very well for smaller tanks.
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby phister » Sat May 12, 2012 1:23 am

Have you ever used a sponge filter?

I have 3 40Bs and they're all running on sponges.
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby halffrozen » Sat May 12, 2012 3:34 am

What kind of sponge filters do you use on a 40B?

I am not the brightest when it comes to aquaria, what "powers" the sponge filter exactly? Just an airstone??
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby phister » Sat May 12, 2012 3:23 pm

Here you go, this is what I use and you can't beat it. It does what you need and it's great. You can do either 2 of the pro 3 or just do a single pro 4 and if you're feeling really special, go with the pro 5 lol!

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3579+3584+23702&pcatid=23702

Cheaper than buying a brand new hob or canister filter. All you need is an air pump and some airline tubing :thumb:

And it's cheaper in your electricity bill as well ;)
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby smitty » Sun May 13, 2012 7:09 pm

The Fluval C series is still somewhat unknown to many people, but it is a great filter. The Fluval and Aquaclear are both made by Hagen. I think you have enough filtration but you could always try a Aquaclear which I also think you will love.
150gal- Dovi; 3 AC 110 P. Filters, 2 AC P. Heads; Eheim 2217,2260
180gal- Managuense; 3 AC 110 P.Filters, 2 AC P. Heads; Eheim 2217,2260; FX5
210gal- Argta,Bifsct,Fnstrtus,Maclcda,Regani,Syns,Zntus; 4 AC 110 P.Filters, 2 AC P.Hds; Eheim 2250,2262; FX5
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby zquattrucci » Sun May 13, 2012 8:03 pm

i would suggest Hydro-Sponge Filters one or 2 of them they work great then you never have to worry about your fry stuck to your intake line
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Re: What filter for my 40 gallon breeder?

Postby <=U=L=T=R=A=> » Tue May 15, 2012 2:08 am

nothing smaller than a 2217 for that 40 gallon ...water will be crystal clear..no caca floating around what so ever...
You can also add along with the 2217 , a power head with a 5 series hydro sponge on the opposite side of the eheim intake.
And you can feed your fish where the hydro sponge is, that way it will catch all the broken up food and your canister will last 7 months + without cleaning.

I have it that way in all my tanks and I clean the filters every 10 months.
But the hydro sponge 5 series I clean every 2 weeks
125 GALLON...EHEIM 2262+2229+2228+AC 110 POWER HEAD WITH HYDRO SPONGE 2nd 2262 standing by...

110 GALLON EHEIM 2262+2229+2228 AC 110 POWERHEAD WITH HYDRO SPONGE....

40 GALLON LONG ...EHEIM 2217 AC POWER HEAD 70 WITH HYDRO SPONGE
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