View Full Version : I need Help on my filters
05-11-2004, 07:40 AM
Ok right now I have a magnum 350 connected to the biowheel 60 and an emperor 280 on my 75 gallon tank and people are telling me that I should get an aqua clear 500. Does anyone know if the aqua clear 500 fits a 75 gallon tank for sure because the aqua clear 300 didnt. It sat too high on my tank and was pouring water onto my glass canopy. Any responses will be much appreciated.
O ya do you guys think I really need another filter, or would it be a good Idea to switch the emperor out for the aquaclear 500, or simply have both. (I would be keeping the magnum and biowheel 60 of course)
05-11-2004, 04:51 PM
How does your water test? I'm more concerned with the oscar and Mbuna in the same tank....They WILL be Oscar food in a year or so...
05-11-2004, 04:54 PM
ya but i will give it to my uncle he has a 100 gallon tank with 1 jack dempsy in it
05-11-2004, 05:09 PM
How much filtration you need is based on tank size and bioload....How does your water test? If you are having a problem with high ammonia/nitrites and your tank is "cylced" you will want to add more filtration...if it test "ok" you can slowly start raising the bioload and keep a close eye on the water parameters to see if your filters are keeping up or not...if not you may need that extra filter...
05-11-2004, 09:29 PM
The more filtration the better.
I usually go by the rule of thumb with my Africans to turn the water over at least 10x per hour.
An AC 500 would be great....but I would definitely add a prefilter to the 500 and double up on the sponges.
The beneficial bacteria load that you will be harboring will be absolutely great...abd the sponge on the prefilter will add alot of mass to the intake.
One thing that I don't understand though.....
I have AquaClears and Emperor's on all of my tanks and I have an AC300 running with an AC200 on a 55g and the water doesn't go all over the canopy...but right into the tank.
05-11-2004, 10:10 PM
i wish that was the case for my tank
whats a prefilter
05-12-2004, 08:43 AM
Here is the link.
On this page you will find prefilters and sponge filters.....sponge filters are something else that I believe you can't live without.
The prefilter is a sponge that attaches to the bottom of your intake hose which is in the tank. Because it is much larger than the intake of the AquaClear there is much more mass to collect debris and waste from your tank.
It takes 5 seconds to hook up.
The sponge filters are also a great idea. They are run by an airpump and an airstone and they do well to support any filter system that you use.
If you decide to use the link above then ask for John.
John is UNBELIEVABLY informative.
He taught me and many others in the hobby the benefits of using prefilters and sponge filters.
Also check out the rest of his site....his prices aren't bad.
Oh yeah, tell him that Bill from Forked River sent ya.
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