Depends what your using it for and what tank size. The one that comes with the 5 gallon is made for a 10gallon and has way to much current! In a ten gallon it works great for some fish. DO NOT use for bettas as their fins can get stuck in the filters!!! Also to start it you have to fill it up with water and then plug it in.Logan Bright said:
But is it as good as other filters like Aquaclear and Marineland?CanadianFishFan said:Depends what your using it for and what tank size. The one that comes with the 5 gallon is made for a 10gallon and has way to much current! In a ten gallon it works great for some fish. DO NOT use for bettas as their fins can get stuck in the filters!!! Also to start it you have to fill it up with water and then plug it in.
Never will be! Aquaclear has many sizes and different things to put in it. As Well as marineland. I haven't used them as i have sponge filters for my bettas and one for my community tank but i researched it and they seem awesome!Logan Bright said:
So a top fin will suck a betta's fin up but an AC won't ? There's some logic.CanadianFishFan said:
They are ok. But I don't like the media inserts.Logan Bright said:Has anyone ever used petsmarts topfin filters? If so what was your experience like?
Ok, what model top fin, and remind me the tank size? Sorry if you mentioned the size of the top fin earlier, I missed it.CanadianFishFan said:Well the tank cant be hurt but the fish can. Bettas fins and some filters are a disaster. Thats why i ask what type of fish for what filter.
So now that I replaced the marineland, what do I do with the biowheel?leftswerve said:Without knowing exactly which model 20 Topfin is fine. The HOB Topfin Silentstream 20 HOB says it filters 100g per hour. That is a 10x roll over on a 10 gallon. Probably good for normal fish, maybe a little high for a betta, especially a new one. I have used Topfin hobs, I have used the topfin 10 HOB and a little internal by them. As to quality, it's not a good as a name brand only in name. The design is comparable to quite a few others on the market. The Aquaclear is best for cusomization, the marineland are pains to deal with the wheel, and the Topfin HOB is not customizable but will do the job.
As for fins getting sucked in, meh not so sure about that with a healthy fish. Unless you put a rather large filter on a small tank, maybe.
The key is a healthy fish. Size the filter for the tank. Everyone on Fishlore has an opinion on brand name.