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What HOB filter for 30 gallon aquarium?

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Hi all,
Looking at getting a HOB filter for a 30 gallon tank that is going to house 2 fancy goldfish so I want something that will take care of the water quality but doesn't put too much turbulence in the water so any ideas?

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Look at the Seachem Tidal Filters....these are flow adjustable and also have a built-in skimmer!!!
Or Eheim Hob Filters....;)
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Thanks for replying, I'm looking at the Seachem Tidal 35 which looks good but I'm also going to look at what Eheim have to offer too.
+1 for the Seachem Tidal 35...I own 4 - 2 in each of my 40 US gallon (151L) tanks - located on opposite sides of the tanks... It's reliable, super easy to maintain with the media insert, low/no noise and adjustable flow (I keep mine on max though) and it don't need a lot of clearance around the tank. The skimmer part is not doing much, but might just be enough to keep off surface film from developing - the skimmer is not strong enough to suck up flake food. It comes with Matrix and a sponge filter that can be cleaned indefinitely... You only have to add (if you need) some chemical filtration - for that I use Purigen. I love this filter.

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Michael
 
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I have two....75/55 models....easy to clean, good flow, a skimmer....you can even put a small 50-watt heater in the filter basket!!!.....:happy:👍
 

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I have two....75/55 models....easy to clean, good flow, a skimmer....you can even put a small 50-watt heater in the filter basket!!!.....:happy:👍

I have the 55, but I'm thinking of upgrading it to the 75, as the flow when full of media isn't quite enough for a 60 litre tank - is the 75 a considerable step up in flow?

Well thanks for your input guys, I just need to decide wether to get the 35 or the 55.

I will be moving my 55 on, perhaps for a 75 as mentioned above. PM me if its of interest.
 

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75....Will be far better for a 60 litre!!!
75 is pretty powerful.....I have one installed on a 35 Litre Denerelle Scapers Tank.!
I increase the flow to the max...every now and again, just to remove some crud on leaves and detritus....but it is like an old fashion upright washing machine!!! :woot::happy:👍
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How noisy is the seachem?
I use blau/migon/aquaclear on my quarantine and endler tanks and find them to get incurably noisy after about 9months without fail.
 

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How noisy is the seachem?
I use blau/migon/aquaclear on my quarantine and endler tanks and find them to get incurably noisy after about 9months without fail.

I found mine pretty quiet unless it starts sucking in air. It probably helps that the pump is submersed inside the tank. That said, I've only used mine for a couple of weeks at a time for holding tanks while I'm rescaping.
 

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How noisy is the seachem?
@Garuf I cant speak to the larger models, but with all my Tidal 35's you can definitely hear the water flowing and a faint humming when standing close to the tank, but you don't hear any of the rattling noises that some HOB's are prone to. I had all 4 of mine for about a year now and I took mine apart perhaps 2-3 times to do a deep clean, including the impeller - probably wasn't necessary. Otherwise, I clean the media every 2-3 weeks - which amounts to removing the media basket and rinse off everything - takes like 2 minutes per filter.

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Michael
 
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