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The Penguin Bio-wheel 200 that is starting to die...It is low quality and cheap. What is a good (and preferably below $50 dollar) filter for a 30 gallon heavily planted tank? I am sort of a filter noob, so if a good filter can't be bought below this price, just let me know :grin2:. I am interested in trying a canister filter for the first time, but they are so much more expensive. what are the pros and cons for a canister filter?
 

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I can tell you what I would do if that was my tank. Aquaclear 50 Power Filter
Put a sponge pre-filter on it and your in business.
 

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I use the C3 and 4 . They work well and have options for media choices . I just run the included sponge , Matrix , and crushed coral in some . I do have sponge prefilters on them all and that keeps the internal media cleaner longer . The AC's are very recommended also , but I have never used one .
 
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