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Looking for a good powerhead with some mechanical filtration
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kimura
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PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)14:39    Post subject: Looking for a good powerhead with some mechanical filtration Reply with quote

I was looking at an aquaclear 70 with the attached sponge but the tank
is pretty shallow and it may be too tall. I have a small powerhead right now for much needed water movement in a dead corner but I would really like some extra mechanical filtration outside of the main filter. Anyone have any other good suggestions?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)15:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just use a small internal filter instead of a powerhead.
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kimura
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PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)15:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh.... I don't particularly like internal filters and I really need some good
water movement out of it. I doubt an internal filter would have the output I want without taking up too much space. I'm just looking for a good
powerhead with a sponge that doesn't take up too much space. Thanks
anyway Smile
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UncleWillie
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PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)22:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fan of Marineland's MaxiJet line of powerheads. They include the option to add aeration, and various parts to add a sponge for filtration. I have had a 600 in my one directional "stream" tank for about 2 years and is my only source of filtration for that tank. It does a great job, but will need to be kept free of debris often to maintain the flow you want. I think they make a sponge for it, but I just bought some sponge and cut it out to fit my pump. Since, I have bought another 600for another tank and a 1200 for circulating a live well.

The good thing about these is the mod kit. If you decide you want more power, you can buy mods kits for maxi-jets at a very reasonable price.
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Dusko
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PostPosted: 2011.01.08(Sat)2:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are the same as Aquarium System Maxi-Jet in europe and I find them a bit too loud. Not my first choice for a home environment Smile my pumps must be silent.
But they do circulate well though
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UncleWillie
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)9:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that you mention it, Dusko, I have noticed the noise from the Maxi-Jet. It does seem to let out a noticable hum, but nothing that I find intolerable. I think it is the vibrations because I've had to shift my light fixture occasionally b/c the pump will cause it to rattle from time to time. Overall, I love the performance of these pumps. I can't stress enough about 'cleaning' the sponge when using a powerhead as a filter - just to ensure you get the flow you really want.

Edit:
I forgot to mention, that while the eco-mod for the Maxi-jets greatly improve water movement, you lose the ability to use for biological filtration. The eco-mod kit basically turns the powerhead into a propeller and works similar to the Hydor Koralia. Just FYI.
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