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    Hello,
    My Penguin 200B power filter is about to call it quits and I am wondering what I should replace it with. I have sand substrate which has caused this filter problems ever since I switched from gravel a year or so so. The terrible grinding of sand in the impeller mechanism used to cease a few days after a water change, but lately it is a constant, and last night the filter just quit altogether. Although I was able to get it going again, I know it's just a matter of time before it completely dies. I suppose I could replace the impeller, but this won't eliminate the problem. I have been researching sponge filters, powerheads, air pumps and was hoping to get some advice on proper set-up, powerhead vs. air pump, recommended brands etc.

    Here is my set-up:
    34 gallon, 4' long tank
    Moderately planted
    1xPenguin 200B filter
    1xPenguin Mini (100) filter

    Stocked with:
    2x dojo loaches
    2x kuhli loaches
    6x assorted cories
    10x harlequin rasboras
    1x SAE

    I perform a roughly 70% water change every 10 days or so and do filter maintenance with every w/c. I have had the tank for 12 years.

    Thanks for any advice!
    Louise

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    I would go with 2 AquaClear30s in my area they are 30 bucks each. If you want to stick to hang on back filters then these are the best your going to find at a good price.
    20 gallon tall: empty
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    I also like the AquaClear brand. If you fancy yourself as a DIY kind, there's many threads here on how to make your own filters.
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    Thanks, but actually I was rather thinking more of sponge filters than of HOBs and was hoping someone could tell me a good brand?

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    i would go with an aquaclear 70 or 2 30's
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    Thanks, but actually I was rather thinking more of sponge filters than of HOBs and was hoping someone could tell me a good brand?
    Hydro Sponge filters. I would also go with Aquaclear HOB - an AC70. Or for really good filtration, and AC30 and an AC50.

    If you don't set your intake tube too low, you won't suck up any sand. I have two AC110s on my 75 gal, set at full with sand substrate and I have no sand in my filters. My intake tube is about 3-1/2 to 4 inches above the sand.
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    I say cannister and stick a good prefilter on the intake.

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    Hey, thanks to everyone for advice. I am still concerned about going from one HOB to another because of the impeller situation...but i think I am going to order an AC50 HOB because that seems to be the general consensus. Don't really have room for a canister unfortunately. I think i will get just one filter because I still have the penguin mini which is for up to 20 gallons - does this sound reasonable?
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    Oh and my dojo loaches kick up a lot of sand which is more of a problem than filter intake sucking up sand.

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    Sounds like a good plan. For the sand get a good cover for the intake and it should help a lot.
    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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