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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby cichlid-gal » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:24 am

Dr. Foster Smith has all of these filters on sale at 25% off now... all Aqua Clears, Fluval FX5, and that new G6... very good prices ... think I'm gonna do a little stocking up
125g Limbochromis robertsi, P. mulitcolor victoriae, P. pulcher
125g Metriaclima sp. zebra gold (Lions Cove) WC, P. polit
75g Xystichromis sp. Kyoga Flameback
and smaller tanks with livebearers, Bettas, tetras, other
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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby chinds78 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:01 pm

cichlid-gal wrote:Dr. Foster Smith has all of these filters on sale at 25% off now... all Aqua Clears, Fluval FX5, and that new G6... very good prices ... think I'm gonna do a little stocking up


Thanks for the heads up!

Think I'll pick up an AC30 for my nephews 20L. The walmart aquatech one that came free with it is just not cutting it!
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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby Mike_G » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:12 pm

chinds78 wrote:
cichlid-gal wrote:Dr. Foster Smith has all of these filters on sale at 25% off now... all Aqua Clears, Fluval FX5, and that new G6... very good prices ... think I'm gonna do a little stocking up


Thanks for the heads up!

Think I'll pick up an AC30 for my nephews 20L. The walmart aquatech one that came free with it is just not cutting it!


AC30s are actually kind of wimpy- I run an AC50 on my 10gallon.
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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby chinds78 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:51 pm

Really? 200GPH seemed like plenty for a 20G, esp with an UGF.
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3 Pseudotropheus Elongatus
3 PURE BRED Metriaclima Estherae
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75G Mbuna Tank (work in progress)
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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby Mike_G » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:25 pm

chinds78 wrote:Really? 200GPH seemed like plenty for a 20G, esp with an UGF.


AC30 is rated at 150gph, the AC50 is 200gph

I think it was less confusing when they just called 'em AC200, AC300, etc. rather than by tank size recommendations. :?

Undergravel filters can support a pretty huge bacterial colony, but you still want plenty of mechanical filtration to minimize the buildup of detritus under the UGF or you can have problems down the road.
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Re: What are some good low maintenance filters out there?

Postby chinds78 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:46 am

Mike_G wrote:
chinds78 wrote:Really? 200GPH seemed like plenty for a 20G, esp with an UGF.


AC30 is rated at 150gph, the AC50 is 200gph

I think it was less confusing when they just called 'em AC200, AC300, etc. rather than by tank size recommendations. :?

Undergravel filters can support a pretty huge bacterial colony, but you still want plenty of mechanical filtration to minimize the buildup of detritus under the UGF or you can have problems down the road.


OH, ok, that makes sense. Guess I will order the AC50 then. I guess the model numbers go by tank size and not GPH now. I think it was better the old way too since GPH is the important number.
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3 Pseudotropheus Elongatus
3 PURE BRED Metriaclima Estherae
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