Best Hob Filter For 20 Gallon Long Tank

AquaticJ

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Your post title says 20 gallon but your actual post says 29 lol. For a 20 gallon, you should do an Aquaclear 50. For a 29, you should do an Aquaclear 70. It's all about gallons per hour, never look at the "rated up to" on most filters. You need 8-10 X your gallon amount (I always go with 10). So an AC 50 filters 200 gallons per hour, and the AC 70 filters 300 gallons per hour. If you have a Penguin 150 on a 29 gallon, you're only getting half the filtration you need. Also, Aquaclears are much better filters.
 

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Penguin and Fluval usually make pretty good filters and so does Marineland. Even Whisper is a good brand to try. What would work best in a long tank is to get a size rated for a larger tank...rated for 30 or 40 gallons. Also, see if you can find a model that takes 3 layere of filtering media instead of just a single cartridge. They usually come with a sponge as one of their layers. This sponge can be cleaned by just squishing it in a container of dechlorinated water a few times and then you don't lose the beneficial bacteria in it.
cgittelm1 said:
What's the best HOB filter for a 29 gallon long tank? Currently have a Marineland Penguin 150 but I'm just not impressed.
 

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Been using a Seachem Tidal 55 on my 23g for 5 months now. Still impressed with its performance. Cleaning is really easy too.
cgittelm1 said:
What's the best HOB filter for a 29 gallon long tank? Currently have a Marineland Penguin 150 but I'm just not impressed.
 

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finnipper59 said:
Penguin and Fluval usually make pretty good filters and so does Marineland. Even Whisper is a good brand to try. What would work best in a long tank is to get a size rated for a larger tank...rated for 30 or 40 gallons. Also, see if you can find a model that takes 3 layere of filtering media instead of just a single cartridge. They usually come with a sponge as one of their layers. This sponge can be cleaned by just squishing it in a container of dechlorinated water a few times and then you don't lose the beneficial bacteria in it.
Penguin filters are Marineland filters. Also, dont go by rating, go by gallons per hour.
 

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AquaticJ said:
Penguin filters are Marineland filters. Also, dont go by rating, go by gallons per hour.
Thanks for correcting me on Penguin and Marineland. I think I knew that, but overlooked it when trying to remember brands of filters. I've not shopped for filters in a long time. My canister filter for my 55 gallon tank is rated for tanks up to 150 gallons but I don't know its flow rate. Works great though. My bad.
 
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