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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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powerheads and filters: for planted tank

Hey guys,
I have two questions!

1. I was thinking about upgrading to a different filter for my ten gallon planted...it will have to be a hang on the back filter...any suggestions on what filters are good/bad..i just have a cheap on that I got one I purchased the tank.

2. I see that people are diffusing diy c02 through powerheads...what powerheads are people using this to do? its only a ten gallon so I cant have a lot of flow really.

thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 11:42 PM
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I had an aquaclear power head filter, and personaly, I'd say it's not the best because it only has one, or maybe two types of filtering, the typical, mechanical, and if you have carbon, then it also has chemical one, you can adjust your desired water current with or without air bubbles, it comes with a hose that sucks the air, there is where you could add CO2.
Regarding to the other question, I switched the power head to a AquaClear power filter (HOB) and works great for me, it has three types of filtering, you can adjust the waterfall and leaves the water very nice looking. If your tank has 10g then you can only buy the 20g filter, I think for 40$-60$ or something, the only problem I faced was that it sucked the foot one of my poor apple snails and died "drowned", it will easily suck any RCS and/or small fish, the solution? Adjust the filter to have a middle-high current and place a sock or a foam around the tube and tie it up with a rubber band.
There is also the fluval HOB, it's cheaper and works great too.
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For the filter I just got a marineland 200, huge amount of filter media capacity. Though it comes at a price; a big filter. This one costed about 35 bucks.

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I have a marineland powerhead that I'm using to diffuse diy co2. Okay, not diffuse per se, but chop up into itty baby bubbles.

Planning on building a Rex Griggs style reactor for the 40b.


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Top Fin 20 or 10 and a Petco power filter. They both work great and are the cheapest setup you'll find. The Petco power filter doesn't have an attachment to feed your co2 directly but you can just stick the hose from your source into the intake attachment.
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I've used Aquaclear filters and powerheads for 20+years and love them for dependablity power and quietness.
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thanks for the insight! I will be looking into all of these items you have listed!!

a really quick question again..with my hob filter that I have could I stick the "diffuser" from my c02 into that filter itself?

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Yes but put it I n the part were the media is.

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For CO2 diffuser you can try the cigarette filter (youtube it), it offers very good CO2 diffusion rate, even better than some proper diffusers.
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I'll take a look thanks!
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