What is the best type of filter for a 38 and 55 gallon tank?

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i am currently using the aquaclear, outside hanging, filter in my 38

is there a better one of similar type on the market?
 

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The general consensus is that aquaclear are among the best of the hang on back type filters, along with the Marineland Emperor series. An Aquaclear 70 would be great for a 55 gallon, as would a Emperor 400. On a 55 gallon, if you want to take it up to the next level, you could get a canister filter, such as the Ehiem Classic, Ehiem Pro, or Marineland C-Series.
 

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Aquaclear 70 has a GPH flow of 300 so it should be used on a 30 gallon tank or smaller. On the 55 gallon you could use 2 aquaclear 70's or an aquaclear 110. I love my aquaclears. They are very cheap to run.
 

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I think taking the stock in the 38 into consideration, 10x turnover is unnecessary. I think the 6-7 times per hour turnover of the AC50 would be fine. For the 55 if you had messy fish or a heavy stock two AC70's or a AC110 would be good, but if you keep it light to average stocked or stocked with cleaner fish then a single AC70 would give you 6x turnover and be fine.
 

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I have the HOT Magnum in my 50 gallon. I really like it so far. I was also debating between a canister and a regular HOB when I got my 50 gallon and I'm glad I went with the canister.
 

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the HOT magnum is a very good choice. Hang on back convenience, and canister filter quality.
 

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Check out Sunsun on EBay. $43 gets you 265 gph canister and they work great.
 

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I would definitely go canister for a 55 or larger if not canister and HOB just to polish it up. I have an Aqueon Power 30(200 gph) on my 38g and it works great and I am quite overstocked. I thought about upgrading to the Aqueon 55 but its a behemoth and just way too large for my current space/tank.
 

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I like aqueon as well. I have an aqueon quiet flow 10 on my 10 gallon and it is slightly over stocked and it keeps up just fine.
 

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i have several H.O.T. filters and for the price they are hard to beat.
 

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Good morning,

I'm a big fan of the Aqua Clears (AC) too. I suggest using as much filtration GPH wise as you can as long as the fish aren't being blown around the tank by the current.

For a 55 gallon I wouldn't go any less than the AC 110 @ 500gph or 2 AC 70's for a total of 600gph if you're going to use a HOB type. If you decide on a canister filter then you can go less than 10x the tank volume for your gph (5 to 8 x the tank volume would be fine).

I also like the Magnum HOT. I only use it for water polishing with the micron cartridge. I did use it full time a while back and it did a great job.

I prefer the AC's due to the fact they have easy access to the bio media and the fact they house so much of it.

Ken
 
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