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fish_r_friend

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soon I might be getting a 40 gallon tank any one have any suggestions for a filter for it?
 

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2 Aquaclear 50's should do a good job on a 40 gal tank.
 

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2 penguin bio-wheels 200 would be fine or maybe some sponge or canister really your opinoin
 

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2 weaker AquaClears or 2 weaker Bio-Wheels - OR one more powerful AquaClear or Bio-Wheel. All depends on your wallet! A 40 gallon could do well with one powerful filter. However, 2 filters would be great too. So it's all up to you.
 

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well the bigges bio-wheel that i am aware of is not big enough for a 40 gallon for 10x amount the bigges is 350gph thatss why i said bio-wheel 200 by penguin because two of those would be a total of 400gph 10x amount of gallons
 

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A BIO-Wheel 330 is for 40-70 gallons. It's basically a two-in-one.
 
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uh ya that would work if you have the cash for it lol
 

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I don't really know anything about the subject, because I bought both of my tanks in kits that already came with filters. But what makes BioWheel and cannister filters so much better and more expensive?
 

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I just bought an Eheim Professional Canister Filter for my 39G almost 40 gallon, cost me a pretty penny but a decided to buy the better one as I saved money on the tank and stand and light which I bought at da lfs I work @.
 

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EmpPleco said:
I don't really know anything about the subject, because I bought both of my tanks in kits that already came with filters.  But what makes BioWheel and cannister filters so much better and more expensive?
This is the answer to this question in your other thread:

Gunnie said:
There is nothing wrong with HOB filters. I personally dislike them, but that is just me. The reason I don't like them is because they usually require filter media you have to buy and replace, they tend to lose their prime when the power fluctuates, and they can be a pain to clean sometimes. I can't tell you how many times I have come home and one of the HOB's is howling because there was a power surge and the filter ran dry. Since I was gone when this happened, I have no idea how long the filter hasn't been running, and if all my bacteria is now dead - not a good thought if you plan on taking any trips for a few days! I like my sponge filters because you just squeeze and rinse them in old tank water to clean them, they last for years, and if the power goes off, your bacteria is in the water and has a better chance of survival. They also start right up when the power comes back on, and they are excellent for fry tanks. I like my canisters because they usually have more gph than most filters, they require less routine cleaning than the HOB's and mine (filstar XP series) have never lost their prime when there's a power outage. I find them very reliable. Also, they sit under your tank where you can hide them. All you see on your tank is the intake and the hose.

Filters are a matter of personal preference, and each tank has different filtration needs. HOB's are used by some, and that is the only type of filter they use or want to use. I just don't personally like them, and will opt for a sponge or canister first if possible.
 
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