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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-03-2017, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Question Filter Choice

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I need a new filter for my 30 gallon that houses 2 cory catfish, 6 otto cats and 1 bright orange crayfish that I adore. Could some of you guide me in the right direction? I can spend up to 40$. I know more $ would be better, but not possible right now. Currently I have a large sponge filter and a small hang on the back filter that I do not know the name of, but I would like something more powerful. One designed for more like a 50 gallon if possible. Maybe I am not realistic, but still need advice. Thanks in advance. Cate
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-03-2017, 04:57 AM
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I'd get an Aquaclear 70 for $46. I have a cory (11) and Tetra tank that's a 29g and AQ70s work great on them. I've since added a second (I have one big sponge filter, too) and even on water change day it's still crystal clear. I overfeed and have way more fish, so one should be fine for you.
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Seachem Tidal 55 is good too. You can select surface skimming if you want. It's self priming too.
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SunSun is pretty solid for super cheap, the hw302 should be good
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Been using Aquaclears since the 1980's, best overall filter for versatility of media use and internal filter volume.

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Another vote for a AquaClear. I too have been using them for years and both of my tanks have them. The good thing about them is you can pack with whatever media you want.

I was tempted to try a Seachem Tidal 55 before purchasing another AC 70 for my 40 breeder, but decided against it. I didn't like the black box that sits inside the tank. It would be easy enough to hide with plants, but I find intake tubes easier to deal with.
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Thanks to all of you! I now know what I am going to buy. Cate-lover of crayfish.
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