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JimS 03-15-2006 12:55 PM

I'm looking for info on a good HOB filter. I've used Aquaclear but am not totally satisfied with them. Anyone got one they particularily like and why?

JERP 03-17-2006 09:44 AM

I actually like aquaclear... I know that doesn't hep bu I liked being able to arrange my one media in the filter chamber.

If not aquaclear,, I'd go with the one has the motor integrated with the filter housing. The motor is not detachable. I've seen the o-rings go bad and also seen the motor fall of during use on filters with removable motors. I think it is the penguin that is the sealed unit with the motor. This was a all a long time ago. I switched to a cannister filter and never looked back.

JimS 03-17-2006 11:20 AM

Thanks Jerp,
Good info about the integrated motor. I hadn't thought about that. I usually run two filters on all my tanks. That way I never have to worry about nitrite/natrite spikes and it gives me filters to use on new tank set up's so I don't need to break them in.

JERP 03-20-2006 06:42 AM

NP, I don't know if leaking seals are a problem anymore. It's been 10 years since I used a HOB.

If you tank is planted, you should consider using a filter you can run without carbon. That is why I liked the Aquaclear. You can run it with just the sponge.

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