question about gph

genie

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OK- I bought a penguine 150 for a 30 gallon tank. It has 150 gph. It is reccommended for 30 gal. should I go bigger. the one w/ 300 gph is reccommended for 75 gal.????
 

inuyasha_lover_21

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Well I heard that you usually get a protein skimmer that is rated for twice the tanks capacity. Maybe that can be applied to this?
 
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genie

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Well I guess I'll be making a return! Oh well glad I asked now and not after I put it in the tank, which is still not here-- lol
 

inuyasha_lover_21

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I have a 30 gal tank with a bio-wheel 350 filter and keeps this water pristine.
 

Butterfly

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Usually you aI'm for 10x the turn over. ex. 30G tank x 10 =300gph. that's what you need for the 30 gallon tank. so the larger one is better for your tank.
Carol
 
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genie

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Well, the bigger one is a lot more $$ but it has 2 filter cartridges, so that is better b/c I can replace them one at a time! Thanks for the advice. ;D
 

inuyasha_lover_21

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I think it has 4 media slots. Mine did. I don't regret buying this filter
 

Butterfly

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Speaking of filter cartridges- When they get clogged up if you will rinse them in used tank water (instead of replacing them) and put them back in the filter you will not only preserve your beneficial bacteria but they can be used for awhile longer and save you money. When they get really ragged and you have to replace them replace only one at a time. You can also put a piece of the old filter in with the new one for about a week to seed it.
Carol
 

inuyasha_lover_21

Member
That's a good tip. Another good tip is not to replace both filters at the same time. Replace one then replace the other one in 2 weeks or longer.
 
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genie

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Well I have great news. I got the bigger Penguin for less than the smaller one. Petco honored an online special and did an exdchange for me!! Now, I just have to make sure that it isn't too big (physically) for the tank. I don't have the tank yet-- ordered on ebay and having trouble with "the guy" in getting it here! (Long story, see another thread.)
 
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