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i have a 150 penguin wheel in my 29 gallon tank with a airstone if i take out the airstone and put in powerhead would that be to much for my tank size.
 

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There's no neet for a powerhead in a Freshwater tank. Unless the fish like the current I would not use it. Is there a reason you want it?
 

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I have a power head in my 29 gallon Freshwater tank for 2 reasons...

1) To disperse my C02 into my tank easily
2) Provide extra mechanical / biological filtration

It is in the same corner as my heater and intake for my Aqua Clear 70 and outputs at a 45 degree angle. The current level is set to medium and it does a great job of moving the water through my plants. The fish seem to have found "new" resting spots since I added it but they also seem very happy about the addition.

Just my 2 cents on the subject. ;D
 

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Yup you have a good reason for it. I personally don't. Dont know if jayfl234 does or not. What type of powerhead do you have?
 

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Its old school... LOL!!

It's a "powerhead 201" from back in the day when I had my Oscar and Pleco... I have no idea what it would cross to now a days... The poor thing has been through a turtle for the last 4 or 5 years and is showing battle scars.. But it still works!!
 
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I dont have any powerhead yet for my tank but if i was going to over stock a little would it be a good thing to have and if so what modern day one gargoyle wink wink would i be able to get.
 

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I googled and it crosses to a powerhead 20 made by "Aqua Clear" or "Hagen" depending on who you ask. Should be at just abut every pet supply store on the planet and should also be less than 20 bucks. ;D
 
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Great thank you very much.
 

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No problem... I attached a pic of what mine looks like with the added power head to give a better idea... Still lot of work to do but it keeps getting better so I am loving it!!
 
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do you have a bubbler in ur tank as well

Just put my Powerhead in my tank looks great and i can look at my fake plants i have in my tank and can see that they are moving. Just swaying back and forth just a bit. Guess that means i have good water flow through my tank I put in a Maxi-jet 400 by Marineland. 110 gph so i guess that is ok. I did not install the control tab or tube but i guess i should also get Maxi-Jet sponge prefilter pads 9 that goes on the powerhead to trap more debris. Thanks for everyones help.
 

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I have bubble ways too. I love them. I would buy another filter if you want to overstock, works great.

btw: looks nice
 
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Thanks i am still playing with different ideas of what other decor i am going to put in.
 

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How big a Powerfilter is needed for a 10 gal? How about a 55?
 
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are you speaking about a filter for you tank or powerhead
 

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sorry, I meant powerhead. I bought an aquaclear20 for my 10 gal tonight. what do you recommend for a 55?
 

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It depends whats in it and how much current the fish can handle or want. What fish are in it?
 

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In the 55, I have:
Fish:
6 mickey mouse platys (3 gold, 3 blue)
1 red Wagtail platy
3 Dalmation Mollys
1 Silver Molly
4 Oto's
1 Pleco
3 Guppys
Wow, that seems like a lot more on paper than it does in the tank...


Plants:
Java Moss
Anacharis
Microsword
Amazon Sword
Hornwort

The idea behind the CO2 is to help the plants because they're turning a bit brown. I has hoping for CO2 to make them healthier now and then maybe start adding some ferts near their roots next month. (the plants are pretty new)
 

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I would get a 50 or a 70 for a 55 gallon tank... If you get the aqua clear brand there is a flow control on them so you can turn them down if the current is to strong. I have the equivalent of an aqua clear 20 in my 29 gallon tank and it is border line at full power.

I think you would be fine using a 50 if you chose to. You have small fish so don't aim the current at the glass or you may squish one. Aim it at a 45 degree angle to create a nice circular current. If you mount it up high the bottom of the tank will be pretty calm which will give them a place to hide.

Just suggestions and ideas... I am in no way an expert. ;D
 

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sounds good. is that 45 degrees from the wall or from the floor?
 
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