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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question New Filter Or Power Head?

Hi Everyone
Im considering buying a new filter for my tank either the fluval 306 or the 406.
Right now I have the fluval 206, marineland 280 and aquaclear 200. Nothing is wrong with either of the filters they work fine Im just wondering if thats enough filtration. If I upgrade to one of the larger fluvals I would do away with either the smaller fluval or the marineland or both? Or if you all think thats enough filtration, should I do a power head instead? My tank is a 56 gallon tall weekly 30% water changes.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 02:52 PM
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Are you testing your water weekly? If so, how are the levels? Just based on what they are rated for, I think you have enough filtration.

A single canister would probably be a lot cleaner looking though Easier maintenance wise as well.

I don't think you need to, but if you do upgrade - I would be interested in "rehoming" your 206
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thanks rozdaboff
I hate to admit it but no I dont test weekly. I do have a drop checker its always in the green but thats as close as I get to testing. So would a ph be of benefit? If I upgrade Ill def let you know ;-)
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I was thinking more along the lines of your Amm/Nitrate/Nitrite. If you don't have enough filtration capacity - that is where you are going to see changes. If you don't have one of the API testing kits - you should pick one up.
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Thanks rozdsboff
Your right but test kits aren't nearly as much fun as a filter lol
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