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post #16 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 01:58 AM
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I love AC's, and currently run three of them. However, two of them have now had an issue with restarting after turning the power off for maintenance. For one of them, this is a 50/50 shot every time I unplug it, and I have to fiddle with it for a bit to get it to restart. For the other, it happened for the first time after an extended period of constant running (2+ months), and, as it was late, I let it go till morning. But it restarted on its own several hours later.

As much as AC's are commonly considered the gold standard in HOB's, this is not an uncommon issue with them. Next time (after using AC's as the last 5 HOB's I've used), I might try something new.
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post #17 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 02:00 AM
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I just checked out that Fluval C series filter and it looks pretty good. Anyone know what size that lift tube is?

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post #19 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 02:56 AM
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Aquaclear- works great out of the box, easy to change/add media to it . I have 2, my 10g Tang tank runs double sponge and Biomax with a prefilter sponge on the intake and spare sponge inside, 29g SA has sponge, peat, biomax and carbon (our water has some heavy metals-just a bit of extra ins.), prefilter sponge and spare. The AC 50 has been running for 7 years.

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post #20 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 03:48 AM
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Aquaclear. They keep my tanks clean and you can customize the media in the filter. I've been running the same Aquaclear Mini I purchased over a decade ago without any problems. I even still have the original pink-labeled box (with the two-year guarantee on the front) in my room somewhere. Best HOB ever.

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post #21 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 04:33 AM
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I had an Aquaclear but it was loud! I'm thinking about buying another one and trying it out but the sound of the rattling it made before is scaring me away:/ I even lubed it with petro jelly.
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Yea I had the same problem with noise so I returned it. It was rattling pretty loudly much more so than my cheap came in a kit HOB. Couldn't believe the difference in noise. I really wanted an Aqua Clear but it seems this is a pretty common problem while searching online. People had to lube up the impeller with vaseline which some say is not a permanent solution. Also if remember right you really have to fill your water all the way to the top or you will get a loud waterfall noise. Not sure why the outflow is so short. Anyway I have a cheapo Top Fin filter.
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post #23 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 05:58 AM
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To be honest I have had a hard time keeping the 3 Aqua-clears running smoothly throughout the time that I have had them. Mine always lose there siphon/prime after power shutdown and they have been loud at times. I have had a much better time with the cheap and simple Aqua-Tech HOB filters you can find at Walmart. I know it sounds crazy but I have had some of these for years and they run great. They restart after power outages and they won't quit on you no matter how long it takes you to actually run maintenance on them. I do not like the smaller ones but the 30-60 model one. They Aqua-techs can be a bit loud but Spending around $30 for a 250-300Gph power filter and having it last for a long time is pretty decent in my opinion.

I also have a couple Marineland Penguin Biowheel filters and they seem to be almost the same thing as the aqua-tech just with the (In my opinion) near worthless biowheel.

I do like the Marineland HOT Magnum canister filter. It is in the same price range as some of the more expensive hob powerfilters but it is built like a canister. Plus it has the ability to polish water.
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I had an Aquaclear but it was loud! I'm thinking about buying another one and trying it out but the sound of the rattling it made before is scaring me away:/ I even lubed it with petro jelly.
I remember when I first use my AC it was noisy. But, overtime the noise was gone.
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I remember when I first use my AC it was noisy. But, overtime the noise was gone.
Mine got worse with age:O I had this filter over the span of 3 years.
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I also have a couple Marineland Penguin Biowheel filters and they seem to be almost the same thing as the aqua-tech just with the (In my opinion) near worthless biowheel.

The bio wheel is not worthless. It holds essential bacteria.

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post #27 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 03:48 PM
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I am running five AquaClears right now!

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The bio wheel is not worthless. It holds essential bacteria.
The amount of bacteria it holds is worthless XD

Someone did some scientific testing and proved it did not do a thing, I need to find the post.

*here we go*
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post #30 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 11:25 PM
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I use aquaclear 30 and Aqueon quite 10.

The only thing I dislike about AC filter is their waterfall is too short. You have to keep water line up or else floaters will be blown around the tank.
And I LOVE floaters
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