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    So on my 55 I have two HOB filters, a Aquatech 30-60 and a tetra whisper 60.

    Now... keeping a budget in mind, I plan to tweak my stock a little, and will most likely be overstocked... so I'm sitting here wondering if I should replace those two filters with AC 70's. I could probably swing the upgrade (including selling mine) for around $100.

    Questions:
    Are the AC's quieter than most HOB?
    Would the AC70's be a significant upgrade?
    Would they actually reduce electric usage? (more efficient at 6W? I can't find specs on others) - FOUND, each are currently 9W, so it'd be 2/3's of the power I use now
    Would just adding a canister be better, and if so what would be best choice?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Triton; 05-20-2013 at 07:07 PM.
    The Dirty 75
    11 Parva Rainbow, 2 Platies, 14 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
    My Triple 10 Stack
    My First AC Thread

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    Actually, probably would be about $70 after checking some prices...

    what would be best media, I'm assuming biomax, the foam, but would prefer not carbon... so two biomax in each?
    The Dirty 75
    11 Parva Rainbow, 2 Platies, 14 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
    My Triple 10 Stack
    My First AC Thread

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    Don't know your budget but... why not save a bit longer/spend a bit more and get something that will last you until 2025 at least?

    http://amzn.com/B0002AQXV8

    All you need is some generic filter floss possibly a pack of blue sponges and you're good to go for the next 3-5 years

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    Yea, that is one of the canisters that would be "added" as a 3rd filter if I chose that route. But I have heard so many good things about the AC's... lol

    The eheim fits the budget. That would be about it though, really wouldn't want more than $120-130 in this upgrade since the fish I plan to add would be around 60
    The Dirty 75
    11 Parva Rainbow, 2 Platies, 14 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
    My Triple 10 Stack
    My First AC Thread

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    You can add a second for redundancy purposes if you like. Personally I'd happily run your 55g on just that filter. Choice is yours.

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    even with being "overstocked" aqadvisor (which I don't use for everything, just a bit of advice) says with my planned stock I'd be a 130%. So would the 2217 be better than two AC70's
    The Dirty 75
    11 Parva Rainbow, 2 Platies, 14 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
    My Triple 10 Stack
    My First AC Thread

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    If you want to go with the AquaClears they are very good HOB filters, I'm running two AC30s on my 20 gallon and outside of a slight motor noise when you get close they are silent. I have found them to be quieter without the filter cover though.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

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    I would get an AC 110 and use the largest of the other two filters you already have.

  9. #9

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    what would you think is better aquatech 30-60 or tetra 60. I could just replace both with AC110s....

    I just want very good filtration without a super strong current. My friend has 2 AC110's that I could snag for $60 total
    The Dirty 75
    11 Parva Rainbow, 2 Platies, 14 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
    My Triple 10 Stack
    My First AC Thread

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    IMO I'd take the AC's - many forum members recommend them and if you can get them at such a good price, I'd go for it - maybe someone else has a different opinion though.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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