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I have a family member that wants to set up a 15 gallon tank. They have asked me for advise on the type of filter they should use. I really have no experience with anything that small. Does anybody have a suggestion? Thanks in advance.
 

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I don't think he wants to use a sponge in the tank. Would an emperor 280 be to much? I know that the 400s do a deccent job, but would be overkill.
 

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I am using a Penguin 200 on my 10g fry tank and it works great. Has a 200gph flow rate, the bio wheel and is like half the price of the emporers
 

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I don't think he wants to use a sponge in the tank. Would an emperor 280 be to much? I know that the 400s do a deccent job, but would be overkill.
My gf has a Emp 280 on a 20g high tank. She has some really small guppies and they seem to do ok with it. It does really make the water flow but the fish are able to handle it. The penguin 200 maybe better for a 15g though. What kind of fish are going it?
 

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I think there will be tetras and angelfish, really not sure. I was just looking at the penguin 200s actually and I think that's a pretty good idea for the tank. I should just tell him to buy my 210g from me and I'll get a 300g. Thanks for the help guys.
 

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For small tanks. I find the really cheap store brands work well. I look for one rated just above the size tank that also has two sections of media. Several of them have a permanent wiry type bio filter and then a pad with carbon. When I feel the carbon has served it's time I change that pad out for the DIY blue/white bonded pad which is much cheaper and lasts much longer. I find the motor and such are pretty much the same as the name brand,just sold at big box stores much cheaper. A Whisper 30 is working well on a 29 gallon. It has a small adjustment on the intake that lets me control the water flow when feeding. I like that.
 
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