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09-01-2013, 02:04 PM #1
20 gallon filter?
any suggestions on a 20 gallon filter? got a great deal on it on craigslist but i dont like the filter that the guy had with it. been a while since i have shopped filters and i am sure there are some new stuff out there? would love to hear likes dislikes etc.
right now i have sand substrate and just a few decorations. pretty empty. plan on driftwood and some cave dwellings for cichlids
09-01-2013, 02:46 PM #2
My view is that the filter should be geared to the fish, thinking of flow as well as actual filtration, and if live plants are to be included.
You mention cichlids; in a 20g I would assume either shellies (hard water) or perhaps dwarf from South America (soft water). Neither need strong flow, so a simple sponge filter is sufficient. I would not do a HOB since in such a small tank the flow will be too much. An internal filter like the Fluval U1 is another option.
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09-01-2013, 03:11 PM #3
An aquaclear 50 would be sufficient, you can adjust the output as needed and the position in the tank with relation to the hard scape. 20 gallons is kind of small but if you choose to do South American dwarf cichlids I highly recommend you getting a confirmed male/female pair and provide adequate foliage.
09-01-2013, 03:49 PM #4
I have always like the aqua clear filters as well. I would agree with mojosodope recommendation for a AC50. I have always liked HOB filters for smaller tanks
If the flow is too high, you can also make a simple flow diverter described in the below link
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...light=diverterIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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09-01-2013, 03:52 PM #5
For a 20G I would get a small external canister filter, e.g. Eheim Classic 2211. They are solid performers and very low maintenance. That's what I would get anyway. If you're in the US you may well opt for a HOB though - they don't really do those over here.
09-01-2013, 04:37 PM #6
thanks for the ideas. i am in the US, and i have used the Aqua clear before and liked them. i have looked at the fluval U "type" inside system. read some poor reviews though. i also dont have unlimited funds. I am thinking a male and female pair of Kribensis cichlids. I see those around my town in LFS, small town, only one store LOL. and they are pretty and active as well.
09-01-2013, 10:00 PM #7
well the question is answered. found a great deal on an AC 50 for 38 bucks. also included a years worth of free filter media with online purchase.... thanks for the advice