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    It's not a bio wheel, but an Aquaclear 50 would be perfect for your tank!
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    AC50 with a modification to the intake strainer would be perfect. I have even seen DIY biowheel additions to AquaClears.
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    thanks guys- i got the AC50 and its working great :)
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    This is the article that I have been looking for. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    AC50 with a modification to the intake strainer would be perfect. I have even seen DIY biowheel additions to AquaClears.
    I have a 20 gal planted tank with 2 5cm goldfish. Currently running an AC30, How do I go about adding a biowheel? Should I get a used eheim cannister filter as I've been told the AC30 is not suffecient?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sower
    I have a 20 gal planted tank with 2 5cm goldfish. Currently running an AC30, How do I go about adding a biowheel? Should I get a used eheim cannister filter as I've been told the AC30 is not suffecient?
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    Marineland makes a biowheel you can run with their powerhead/sponge filter.
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    For those with a canister filter, how long can you lose power and not have your bacteria live? A few hours, a day? And what do you do to prevent this when power is lost for much of a day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cermet
    For those with a canister filter, how long can you lose power and not have your bacteria live? A few hours, a day? And what do you do to prevent this when power is lost for much of a day?
    The BB in your filter can live for weeks or months without power,like any other bacteria. They become dormant,and need about a week to "wake up" and start feeding again. This is how and why the BB in a bottle works. The bottle is full of dormant bacteria,and it needs a chance to revive. This is why none of them work overnight,and take about a week to establish in a tank.

    I have never lost power for more than a day. If you do,adding prime can help to detox the ammonia that will build up eventually.

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    Fishguy2727 Awesome Post!!

    Quote Originally Posted by J's Fish
    I bought my power heads so long ago, I have no clue what they even are. At any rate, I have a 75 gal. with two powerheads and undergravel filter of course. Would this not be good enough filtration for a central American Cichlid tank?
    If maintained properly and you understand all of the facts on the subject as presented by Fishguy2727 UGF has incredible filtration power, especially when used with power heads. I feel Many people avoid recommending them because of the many variables that go into making one efficient. Once you understand and follow the principles that govern its proper functionality it is really a useful type of filtration.
    Here are the variables:
    1) How evenly you distribute the gravel across the substrate.
    2) How thick is the layer of substrate?
    3) What is the GPH of the power heads in use?
    4) How heavily decorated and/or planted is the tank?
    5) The Size and porosity of the substrate you choose

    The only down sides to UGF are as follows:
    1) Must keep gravel bed fairly level.
    2) Not very practical in a heavily decorated tank - You have to periodically remove all the decorations to Gravel vac.
    3) If you treat the tank with antibiotics it is impossible to isolate the filter like you might do with a canister or HOB.
    4) Not recommended for moderately - heavily planted tanks (unless you enjoy moving plants periodically for Gravel Vac.)

    The above withstanding UGF is plenty powerful for any type of tank.

    My personal goals in filtration is primarily to suit the type of fish and aquarium. Secondly it should match my style and budget for setting up and maintaining the individual aquarium in which I am considering it for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cermet
    For those with a canister filter, how long can you lose power and not have your bacteria live? A few hours, a day? And what do you do to prevent this when power is lost for much of a day?
    I'm responding to this very late, but in my experience, my Eheim filter has enough of a siphon going, I'm not sure if my bacteria would die with a power outage, obviously the flow rate goes down, so it wouldn't be able to filter the tank as well as normal, but the water keeps moving through at a decent clip.
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