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Product Review: Aquaclear HOB filter

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Mgamer20o0, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Mgamer20o0

    Mgamer20o0 BobsTropicalPlants.com
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    [FONT=&quot]Company[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
    Hagen
    Model
    Aquaclear
    Link to product description
    http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/sub_category_psubtype.cfm?CAT=1&SUBCAT=107&PSUBCAT=10701
    Price range
    $27-90 Aquaclear 20-110
    Pros
    In my mind the best hob out there. The way it’s designed gives you limitless options for filter media. As long as you take care of the filter clean it monthly it never breaks down. It also runs silent. If you keep the water level up you will not even know its on.
    Cons
    I really can’t think of a con other than the price has shot up a lot but still good value. Sand, snails or other things can cause a gridding sound but if you take it apart and clean it out it will be fine.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****
    How long have you used the product?
    9+ years
    Build quality and value for your money.
    I have yet to have one break down on me.
    Other comments [/FONT]
    I won’t use any other hob out there. Remember with any filter they over rate them. I tend to cut in half the recommended tank size they say. For example on a 20 gallon tank I use 2 aquaclear 20’s or a aquaclear 50.

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  2. excuzzzeme

    excuzzzeme Stroke Survivor '05

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    AC Filters - good product and dependable.

    Pros- Great water circulation; Can be adapted to a variety of needs and configurations; Not overly noisy- noise is comparable to other manufacturers of the same type; Media lasts longer and is more cost-effective than many other styles; parts readily available; good customer service.

    Cons: Pricing on the AC70 and 500 is a bit of a turn-off.

    Oldest AC in my "fleet" is 11 years old, replaced the impeller twice and the energizer o-ring once. I don't buy a filter based on manufacturer suggestion gallons but purchase according to the advertised flow-rate.
     
  3. jpappy789

    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Real Name:
    Josh
    Company
    Hagen
    Model
    Aquaclear
    Link to product description
    http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/sub...&PSUBCAT=10701
    Price range
    $27-90 Aquaclear 20-110
    Pros
    I love the media options and adjustable flow rates. Not bulky either.
    Cons
    I've had initial problems with sand, but other than that price is the only thing that comes to mind...but you do get what you pay for.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****
    How long have you used the product?
    3 years
    Build quality and value for your money.
    I agree with Mg, I have yet to have one break down on me.
    Other comments

    I place this HOB above all others I have tried. I think they are worth the price, to be honest.
     
  4. sundragon

    sundragon AC Members

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    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Company
    Hagen
    Model
    Aquaclear 50
    Link to product description
    http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/sub_category_psubtype.cfm?CAT=1&SUBCAT=107&PSUBCAT=10701
    Price range
    $44
    Pros
    Choose your own media (I use Purigen instead of carbon) and adjustable flow rate.
    Cons
    Sometimes buzzy but that usually subsides after a while. The recommended path that the water takes doesn't pass through the sponge, it passes over it - which means it doesn't polish water as well (IMHO). This can be adjusted easily by changing the location of the sponge.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****
    How long have you used the product?
    9 months
    Build quality and value for your money
    Great for the price and flexibility.
    Other comments
    None
     

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