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Best HOB filter

Ok, so i got a HOB filter from Taiwan and its rubbish!! As we dont have HOB filters in the UK ???? i am going to buy one from petco in the US as they ship fairly cheap. It is for a 13g tank so was looking at the Aquaclear 30. Is this a decent filter??
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That's a very good filter for that sized tank. In fact, I think AC's are one of the best HOB's, if not the best. Use them myself, on my 75 gal discus tank.
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They are a good filter, but you might have issues with the voltages, and plugs. Make sure you can handle it.
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ok great i'll order one tomorrow and a plug converter
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I as well own a few aqua clear filters and I love them. One of them has been running at least 15 years, it is still in great shape.
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Aqua Clears are high rated. I personally think that they're great!
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Aquaclears are the best HOB filters ever. I love they don't use a cartridge and have a huge media area you can do whatever you want with.

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Another vote for aquaclear.

I've also recently experimented with the Fluval C series HOB. it was built very nicely and had a lot of bells and whistles. Kinda like a luxury version on the AquaClears. I like that it has a regular black length adjustable intake over the smoked plastic of the AC which makes it easier to configure for the tank and hide against a black bg. However, because of the various compartments, you don't have the flexibilty to configure the filter media that you get in the AC. The C2 is nice if you want to set up straight out of the box. The AC gives you better customization. Both nice filters though.

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ok great i'll order one tomorrow and a plug converter
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Hope you plug converter includes a stepdown transformer and isn't just a adaptor to go from one type socket to another. Aquaclears manufactured for North America will burn up when ran on the UK 230 volts 50 hertz standard power.

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I can't say anything about the voltage & plug differences, or even if you can get the proper equipment to use them in the UK.

However, about the filter itself I'm very happy & satisfied with my Aquaclear!

I'm using the #30 filter on my 15 gallon tank (58 liters) and it keeps the water very clean. One of the best things about the filter IMO is being able to adjust the flow.


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PS: Did you order the stuff you need for filter changes with the filter?
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PS: Did you order the stuff you need for filter changes with the filter?
Got media coming out of my ears already... unless im mistaken the aquaclears dont use a fixed media package and any can be used?

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Wow...good to hear ACs are still good. I ran a few back in the 80s and loved them for what they were.
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The aquaclears come with a sponge and a bag with ceramic media that sits in a removable tray. You can remove either or both and replace as necessary. I typically run either two sponges stacked or a sponge and a bag of purigen or chemipure.

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lol you are asking on the wrong forum for hob filter reviews. i dont think anyone uses them here...


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lol you are asking on the wrong forum for hob filter reviews. i dont think anyone uses them here...
Actually in smaller tanks they are extremely common.
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