Best brand of HOB filter?

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Since I was little we always got tetra filters so that's just what I tend to go for. Ive never had any issues with this type of filter but is there anything that is better? Is it based mostly on preference or is there a performance and/or quality difference?
 
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Thanks!
Also is there a big difference between a hob and sponge? I have sponge intake covers for my hob filter
 

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I have used Aquaclear 110's for about thirty years and never considered buying another HOB filter. They are a workhorse, and so easy to clean.
 

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I like the smaller aqueons but the bigger ones fail a lot. Tetras are pretty good, probably best bang for your buck, IMO. Aqua clear probably the best but a bit pricey for me. I have a marine land and will never be getting another it's noisy the impeller came out of the box not sitting right, I can't get the bio wheels to spin, etc.
 

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The only real good ones are the AquaClear. Cartridge filters are just awful, since you throw away all of the bb each time you change the cartridge. (I have this corrected by running a second filter with only bio media- I can change the cartridges to keep the water clean but also save all of the bb. Planning to upgrade to AquaClear soon.) The Marineland seems to have a bad rep because of the noise and the bad wheel.
 

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JimTheFishGuy said:
The only real good ones are the AquaClear. Cartridge filters are just awful, since you throw away all of the bb each time you change the cartridge. (I have this corrected by running a second filter with only bio media- I can change the cartridges to keep the water clean but also save all of the bb. Planning to upgrade to AquaClear soon.) The Marineland seems to have a bad rep because of the noise and the bad wheel.
If you never change the cartridges you aren't throwing away the beneficial bacteria. I leave mine in instead of buying floss and there is usually room to put extra charcoal bags if I want to remove tannins or something.
 

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JimTheFishGuy said:
The only real good ones are the AquaClear. Cartridge filters are just awful, since you throw away all of the bb each time you change the cartridge. (I have this corrected by running a second filter with only bio media- I can change the cartridges to keep the water clean but also save all of the bb. Planning to upgrade to AquaClear soon.) The Marineland seems to have a bad rep because of the noise and the bad wheel.
I never throw out the cartridges just rinse them in old tank water.
 

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Anyone ever use the pen-plax filters, specifically the cascade models, or the fluval C power filters? What's the consensus on those?
 

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