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Barracuda324
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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)11:08    Post subject: Replacing old filter.... Reply with quote

Hey All,

Well for my 20 FW tank that I have, the 1.5 year old TopFin 20 HOB filter is well, "dying" and fast. I would like to replace my old filter eventually, but I don't know what would be a good replacement. I'm eyeing a biowheel style filter, but don't know what a good brand is. I know that to not make the tank go through a mini cycle I have to run both filters at the same time. SOO what a good recommend brand of filter that I could use?

Help?!?!Thanks



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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)12:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only company to make a Bio-Wheel filter is Marineland. The Marineland Penguin or Emperor series would be a great upgrade from your Topfin.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)13:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think AquaClears are a good replacement if you don't want the Bio Wheel type.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)14:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

THe thing is though, I have had no luck with aquaclears filters for some reason.......so marineland penguin or emperor... does it matter?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)16:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aqua Clear, Penguin, Emperor, what ever you prefer but do not discard the filter bag/insert from the TopFin... cut the bag up so it will fit inside your next filter to help negate any mini-cycle.

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PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)20:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait I was just gonna run both filters at once, should I swap "guts" of the filters?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.29(Fri)14:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Top Fin 10 for over 2 years that I just replaced with a Bio-Wheel 100 for a 10 gal tank because the old one died. Because my old filter wasn't working at all I took the filter bag from the old one, cut out half of it (because the whole cartridge wouldn't fit), got rid of any carbon, and put it behind the new one (to try to keep a mini cycle from happening.) Running both will definitely work too, if you have that option. The biggest difference I notice between the 2 is that there is a lot more "flow" with the Bio-Wheel. (By the way, does anyone know of a way to lessen it? I don't know if my fish actually like the extra water movement) I've heard nothing but good things about the bio-wheels, so thats why I decided to go with it. Good luck!
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