Is the Aquaclear 20 good for a 10g tank?

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For my 10 gallon I'm "renovating" I want to get a new filter for it as the filter it came with isn't the best. The tank came with the Top Fin Power Filter 10 and its GPH is only 50 which I'd like it to be higher as my fish tank smells which it shouldn't. I was thinking of getting the Aquaclear 20 as it has 100 GPH which is dfoulbe the GPH of my filter right now. So do you guys think this filter is sufficient?
 

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I was debating if I wanted the 20 or 30 and ended up getting a 30 for my 9.96g tank, bit of an overkill though
 

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It will for sure do a good job on a 10 gallon... if your stocking needs it go for it
 

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I was between the 20 and 30 for my 10 gallon, I went with the 30 because it was only a few more dollars, and it's been doing a great job. You'd probably do good either way though.

EDIT: I should add that I did have some problems with it being a little loud, as it is in my bedroom, but with a little bit of adjusting, it's now silent. If you have the same problem I would recommend wiggling the intake so that it sits just above the "platform" so that they are no longer touching (you'll know what I mean when you get it) and maybe move it just a tiiiny bit more to the left or right and you should be good to go.
 

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The smell could be from various sources. Remove the lid and Goce it a good wipe down in a sink, especially the underside. Also, wipe down under the lip of the top frame of the tank. These places can collect a lot of gunk and algae if not maintained. Also, a thorough vac of the substrate may help as well.

Extra filtration may not necessarily help with the smell. A larger filter may flow more, but all the muck it sucks up will start to smell inside the filter media as well. The muck has to go somewhere, and will smell regardless where it's at, unless removed.

I suggest to look into supplementing the current filter with a sponge filter driven by a small air pump.

Also, if the current filter still has the cartridge, take a look at the following thread here on the forum.

Diy Media Guide For Top Fin Silenstream, Aquaclear And Other Hob Filters | Filters and Filtration 385506

A cheaper alternative to an Aquaclear 20 is the Silentstream 30 filter. You can usually get them for $15 on sale. I have one in our 10g, plus a sponge filter. I keep it's flow control knob turned down half way. It has some mods detailed in the thread I linked above.

Those filters keep our 10 gallon crystal clear, cycled and smell free. Plus, a Pothos plant helps out w/ filtration duties on our tank as well.
 

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