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Old 12-25-2010, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I want to buy a new filter this christmas, what is the best filter for planted aquarium? What kind of filter do you have for your planted aquarium?

Is reverse flow undergravel filter is the best to have? Someone suggested me using that.

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Old 12-25-2010, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Deciding the best filter for planted tank

I suggest you stop listening to "someone" for planted tank advice.
under gravel filter systems is often a counter productive method,
that should only be used for large pebble sized river substrates
that cannot properly host the mulm living on your tank bottom.

you want to focus on canister filter designs, not hanging filters.
since plants produce Oxygen, planted tank keepers do not use
hanging filters or air pumps in order to keep the Carbon Dioxide
your plants need dissolved in your water for as long as possible.

as for which canister to choose, they are all good, it's just a
matter of subtle differences regarding maintenance and priming.
my advice is to try to get a canister rated higher than your
tank size, then fill it with mostly biological media, such as
sponge and micro pours rock, not carbon and disposable floss.

Joswan - I suggest you update your profile to display what
Location you are in - it will help us provide support that is
most suitable for your region.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How big is your tank Joswan?
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Deciding the best filter for planted tank

Get the biggest filter you can afford. The one that can hold the most filter media.

When you decide keep in mind the image found in this thread:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tml#post571874

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Deciding the best filter for planted tank

Well, I'm in USA and this type of filter attract me because it available in petsmart, near by my area.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...145&lmdn=Brand
is it good filter or not?
I'm still in 10 gallon beginner tank and my tank stats could have be seen from my previous post.

I really new to filter stuff, not yet imagine how is it works unless it similar to my whisper hanging-waterfall style filter, which of course not good for planted aquarium, it takes a lot of co2 out of aquarium and it has carbon too.
I dont know what is a canister?

Is niko suggested that I'm using external filter like these?
http://www.petsmart.com/family/index...External&fbx=1

Thanks for all the helps!

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Hi Joswan
With a ten gallon tank I would try a small internal filter, say a fluval 1 or even a hagen mini elite. You do not have a lot of spare space in your tank so try to keep it small. A canister filter would be overkill for your tank. I hope this helps
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I disagree. I really like canister filters and an Eheim 2213 would be perfect for you, and not overkill. It is 113 GPH and probably has an actual rate of 90-100 GPH after its hooked up and running. A turnover rate of 8-10x per hour is recommended, so a 2213 is perfect.

Internal filters take up space and you don't have that much to spare in a small tank. Hang-on filters are IMO ugly and don't offer much media space at all. Why mess with internal or Hang on filters when you can have a real canister and look at a pair of lilypipes and hide the actual filter?
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Deciding the best filter for planted tank

Not trying to cause confusion, but I have a 10 gallon tank with no filter, soil based substrate, and easy to grow plants that is doing very well.

There are many ways to run a successful aquarium. Do some research, decide what goals you have for your aquarium (what type of fish you want to keep, what type of plants, what type of maintenance schedule) and then pick you filtration. There is tons of good info on this website.

And remember, patience is one of the aquarium keeper's most valuable attributes.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I love the AquaClear HOB series for smaller tanks as long as you keep the water level high. You just don't want a lot of surface agitation (offgases CO2) and that is where canister filters come in handy.
Reverse flow undergravel filters only work well with a main HOB or canister filter and in fish only tanks.
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Yea i think a HOB is also your best bet. Enough circulation and, as Franco said above, a high water level to minimize surface disruption. I myself am looking into getting a Fluval C3 or C4 for my 20 g
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