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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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What brand of HOB Filter you use?

I have used Aquaclear Filter for years now and was wondering what others are using.

I have not used Eheim Liberty but I heard they are ok.
I want to hear your experience on Eheim or some other brands.
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I am using 2 Marineland Biowheels, I think they are good, but the rectangular shaped pickup tubes make it awkward to cover it to keep out newborn shimp which is an issue to me. My other tanks have sponge filters, some with air and some with powerheads. I think my next shimp tank is going to use a AC with a sponge filter over the pickup. I have not used or heard anything about the Eheim HOB.

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I have used aquaclear for bigger tanks and red sea nano filters for small tanks.
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IMO, AquaClears are the best HOB's on the market.
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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 10:37 PM
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Fluval C2 for me. I think it's improved over AquaClear's design and have been using it for a year now with no problems. It has some improvements like a telescoping intake arm for easy adjustments and a nice drip method which might add more oxygen to the water.
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Hagen Aquaclear! They're so silent and so functional! Love them so much

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I have a tetra whisper on one tank, it's okay but I like my aquaclear better.

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i use aquaclear and imo/ime as well as many others that its probably the best bang for the buck. Im sure there are better hob filters like probably the new fluvals that came out but theyre twice as much and probably arent even that much better. (i think cause i never used one.)
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Aquaclear, stick to the best. BTW they remaked their packaging, they are now Fluval Aquaclear.
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post #12 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 12:05 AM
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I use Aquaclear filters and have then entire line from ac20 through 110 running in my tanks as this is written. The design is tried and true as its simplicity is its strength yet there is room for improvement.

The alternative that I have been considering is the Fluval C3. This is a quote taken from one of the amazn reviews that peaked my interest, as may yours "the first true integrated wet dry system on a HOB filter!"

Other thoughtful features:
telescopic intake tube, eliminates need for extension pipes or keeping accessories stored around somewhere.
Uses same motors as AC
Indicator on the mechanical filtration to remind when cleaning is needed
two stage sponge (course/fine) to stop particles from seeping into next stage.
cheaper than AC of comparable size (GPH)

As a side comment, product advice will always be more meaningful if they are substantiated as to why one is good or better than another. After all, we are trying to help with advice as this isn't a vote for nor against any products.

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I love the aquaclear filters but the new c-series are pretty good.
I've only used the whispers and a tetra very briefly but I think the aquaclears are popular for a reason, mostly their proven durability.

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Wow, 12 replies in few hours! Thanks folks.
Keep good info coming.
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Aqua Clear and hagen C3

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