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Old 11-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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hey guys my buddy is giving me his 55 gallon tank. of course im gonna give it a good clean and start with all new gravel. my question is what would be a good filter to use. i was looking at the marineland penguin bio-wheel filter model 350. i currently have a 15 gallon tank.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by svtcobra22 View Post
hey guys my buddy is giving me his 55 gallon tank. of course im gonna give it a good clean and start with all new gravel. my question is what would be a good filter to use. i was looking at the marineland penguin bio-wheel filter model 350. i currently have a 15 gallon tank.
Going from a 15 to a 55...that's pretty cool. I think you're going to love the bigger tank.

As for a filter, you'll get all kinds of answers from the folks here..and many of the answers will be good ones. But remember, it's kind of like entering a room filled with auto mechanics and saying, "I want to buy a car...what kind should I get?"

If it were me, I'd go with either an Aquaclear 110, or two Aquaclear 70's...plus a couple sponge filters. That configuration might change if I was stocking the tank with fish that preferred less water movement.

What do you plan to put in the 55?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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Going from a 15 to a 55...that's pretty cool. I think you're going to love the bigger tank.

As for a filter, you'll get all kinds of answers from the folks here..and many of the answers will be good ones. But remember, it's kind of like entering a room filled with auto mechanics and saying, "I want to buy a car...what kind should I get?"

If it were me, I'd go with either an Aquaclear 110, or two Aquaclear 70's...plus a couple sponge filters. That configuration might change if I was stocking the tank with fish that preferred less water movement.

What do you plan to put in the 55?

well in my 15 i have danios tetras and a pleco. i was thinking of sticking with danios and tetras. my giant danio loves to swim against the current of the filter. another question i have would it be better to get two filters or just keep one?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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two filters is better than one for many reasons, the biggest i think is that if one fails while you are gone the water is still getting filtered.
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two filters is better than one for many reasons, the biggest i think is that if one fails while you are gone the water is still getting filtered.

yea you do have a point there thanks
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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im also going to be transfering the fish from the 15 gallon to the 55 gallon tank.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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Run the 15 filter on the 55 if it will fit, then you throw in all the fish and add a new filter right away. Down the line you can get another big filter as you get more fish, and you can put the little one back on the small tank 2 filters are better than one. A penguin 350 is a nice strong filter for the money, but sometimes you get a loud one (call Marineland) and they all get noisy as they age. I prefer emperors as they are bigger and fit in the same space. Aquaclears are nice, too and are quieter than the other HOBs. Sponge filters are awesome, they work great and are cheap, but are ugly (you can screen them with plants or whatever). Get the aquaclear or a canister (even a HOT magnum 350) if you need it to be quiet (ie. tank in bedroom)

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:00 AM   #8
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I am running a AquaClear110 and 2 corner filters... Works great... and I love the 110 its real quite... But I am debating about adding a second filter at some point to make sure my water is as good as possible and as some other people said it will act as a security in case one of them goes down...
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Run the 15 filter on the 55 if it will fit, then you throw in all the fish and add a new filter right away. Down the line you can get another big filter as you get more fish, and you can put the little one back on the small tank 2 filters are better than one. A penguin 350 is a nice strong filter for the money, but sometimes you get a loud one (call Marineland) and they all get noisy as they age. I prefer emperors as they are bigger and fit in the same space. Aquaclears are nice, too and are quieter than the other HOBs. Sponge filters are awesome, they work great and are cheap, but are ugly (you can screen them with plants or whatever). Get the aquaclear or a canister (even a HOT magnum 350) if you need it to be quiet (ie. tank in bedroom)

i would have to cycle the tank correct?
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Yes you definitely want to cycle your tank first.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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Actually with the filter from the 15g you shouldn't need to cycle the aquarium again as long as you don't add new fish appart from the ones you already have. Just hook up the existing filter to the 55g along with a big filter that can actually filter a 55g. There wont be any spikes because you still have the old filter working, and the new filter will slowly build up beneficial bacteria.
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Right, new water, old filter, new filter, old fish, feed lightly and you should only have a light "mini-cycle". Easy, breezy.
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o wow i didnt know that. that saves some time. im going to try to post up some pictures of the progess of the tank. i ran to petco after work today and bought the marineland penguin power filter 350. so far the tank looks alot better than when i got it.
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ok here are the pics. the first picture is when i brought it home from my buddies and the other two i took today
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Just don't forget the old filter, then you should be fine. EMC hit it right on the spot by saying that you have to feed lightly, don't overfeed.
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