A heavily planted tank IS the best filter. Keep it simple, your doing great with what you have. Good job.
Thanks Rich Guano, I appreciate that ! The reason for wanting a new filter is because the one i have now just won't create much surface movement for some reason, i've cleaned it every which way possible yet no results.
With a 20 gallon you could do a canister or a HOB. Overall canisters will do a better job and have less maintenance. HOB are cheaper, you have to do maintenance a little more often, but it's easier to do the maintenance as you don't have to break it all down.
If you were going with a canister the Eheim classic series is very highly rated, for a 20 gal, model 2013 or 2015 would be good.
If you are going the HOB I would go with a Marineland Penguin or Emperor. The Penguins are a little quieter than the Emperor but doesn't have the spraybar. They both have biowheels for extra bio-filtration and lots of space for media in the box. Penguin 200 would be good for a 20 gal, and has in extra media slot you could play with aside from the cartridge.
Many people run both a canister and HOB then you have the best of both worlds, with plenty of filtration, and 2 stable colonies of beneficial bacteria. Tons of media options with both. You could keep your HOB and get a smaller canister like the Eheim 2011 to save some money, and the combo of both would be great. Your plants and animals would thank you, haha.
Thanks for the advice Dolfan I appreciate it. Unfortunately money is sort of an issue, I'm still a college student so I'm trying to save a buck every which way possible. Eheim is way out of my price range as they tend to be pretty pricey and rarely on sale where I am (Toronto). Sorry to sound like such a noob but what exactly is a HOB filter?
I use a Tetra Whisper EX45 on my 29g high. I love it - very quiet.
How long have you had that filter? I've read some bad reviews about it but then read some good reviews. I'm worried about my fish getting sucked into the filter, it's happened twice so far with my Chinese Algae Eaters.
All depends on stocking! I tend to match my filter to the number of fish more than the size of aquarium.
I have 3 clown plecos, 4 Odessa Barbs, 5 Tiger Barbs, 3 Chinese Algae Eaters, and 6 Cory Cats. So a total of 21. Their all in the 20 gallon i've posted above. How would i match a filter to match these fish?
Originally Posted by The Big Buddha
I have a C160 on my 10G shrimp tank and I am very happy with it so far. I have had it about a 1.5 years. I paid 79$ with free shipping from Big Al's Online.
Awesome to hear that, It's the filter i'm looking to get i'm just not sure if it's overkill for my tank since it's already heavily planted, but it's fairly stocked as well. We'll see this weekend what I end up picking up!