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Internal Filters!

I was wondering if a internal filter like an eheim 2012 would work for 40 breeder moderately-heavy planted with 1 male apisto cockatoo and 2-3 females maybe some shrimps or snails

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 06:43 AM
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It would work just fine. I used to have a 40B with an eheim 2012 for an african cichlid tank.

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You might want to check out the fluval u series as well. I don't know much about them but i've seen them around quite a bit and they look really good. Do a lot of research and check out some reviews first though.

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I'm sort of curious as to why internal filters aren't more popular. I read so many horror stories about broken filters spilling water on to the floor, this won't happen with an internal. So I figure they would be more popular than they are. But from reading the customer reviews of internal filters it appears most of the people buying them are using them for turtle tanks.
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It's possible people don't even know about them (besides sponge filters or the ones for tiny aquariums). I had no clue there was an Eheim internal until I read this thread. I wish I'd know about them as I'd have used one instead of my external Eheim.
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I'm actually using internals exclusively ATM, but all my tanks are small. I like them better than power filters, which are generally noisier and less reliable, and canister filters would be overkill on my tanks. I also use some to double as CO2 diffusers.

I don't think they're more popular simply because they take up space inside the tank and are more distracting than a tube from a power or canister filter.
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Yea, I think they work pretty well, but they aren't as popular because external filters have a few advantages. Extra water volume, less in tank equipment, better surface agitation, and the ability to customize filter media being a few.


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I clicked on this thread because I don't know much about internal filters. I don't really see them in stores or in pictures of tanks. They are probably a little more reliable, and I'm sure they're quieter. I do have to admit a certain bias toward things that are more complicated, it gives me the illusion of technology. I'm sure the American bigger is better viewpoint helps too.

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I've been considering trying one of the Eheim interal filters for the Walstad 20L I want to set up next . . . of course first I have to figure out where the hell I'm going to put it, LOL!


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of course first I have to figure out where the hell I'm going to put it, LOL!
There's the problem.
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