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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Filter for 10g

I just wanted to know if my filters on my 2 10g tanks are good. My first tank has a TopFin 10 that holds my RCS and my other tank has a Whisper 10 that just is waiting for occupants besides the 2 apple snails I have in there. So are my filters good enough?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 06:04 PM
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I would have to say no.
On a 10 gallon, you need at least 100GPH filter (The topfin on your RCS tank will probably be ok considering RCS have a low bioload). I would recommend replacing the Whisper filter with a Aquaclear 20 (Great filter)

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honestly a filter is not good enough only when it proves to be not good enough - I was able to run a surprisingly small internal filter on my 15g simply because the stocking allowed for it and my maintenance routine kept up. if you have no problem keeping things in good condition and the filter holds enough media to support your biological load, you don't need more. your stocking doesn't seem very heavy at all. that said, having more can't do harm.

I agree about aquaclear, they are the only HOB I will use - cheap, quiet, reliable, and more versatile with more media space then any other brand.
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Ok thanks Regensis and reignOfFred for the replies. The TopFin came in package deal and the other one was free so I just went with what the tanks had it just seemed like the tanks barely had any current. The shrimp seem fine in there been in this tank since late February with alot of java moss free float on moss walls. I was just making sure. In my other tank with the whisper the point of this tanks is basically a quarantine when I get new fish before I put them in my 110g.
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Hello,
I would have to say no.
On a 10 gallon, you need at least 100GPH filter (The topfin on your RCS tank will probably be ok considering RCS have a low bioload). I would recommend replacing the Whisper filter with a Aquaclear 20 (Great filter)
Normal rule for a freshwater tank is 4-6x the amount of water in the tank. At 80GPH it should be fine.
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Normal rule for a freshwater tank is 4-6x the amount of water in the tank.
What is it with all these rules?

I'd suggest the aquaclear also, but you'll likely be ok with the smaller filter in a planted tank.

I'd actually suggest getting a powerhead, or running 2 of those filters on opposite ends of the tank. The issue with small HOB filters is that you tend to have good flow on one side of the tank and dead spots on the opposite when you use them in the typical configuration.

If you're only going to run one filter, I would suggest putting it in the center of the tank, or running it on the narrow side.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Your exactly right thats what 1 of my concerns were was there was current on the 1 area but the other spots where the filter was not at were dead spots/no flow.
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