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Filter List And Their Out Put (gph)


magscat3161

Ok so we get a lot of people on here who have fish problems but have a hard time answering the questions about what kind of filter they have and how many GPH they turn over. I have compiled a reference list of all/most of the commonly used filters, their GPH, and the size tank that they're made for. This way it's all in one place for those of us who are trying to analyze and solve some of the problems that pop up so often. Now you don't have to search the entire internet to find out how many GPH such-n-such filter turns over.

Top Fin power filters

Power Filter 10 Up to 10 gallons 50 GPH

Power Filter 20 Up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Power Filter 30 Up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Power Filter 40 Up to 40 gallons 200 GPH

Power Filter 60 Up to 60 gallons 300 GPH

Penguin Bio Wheels

Penguin 100B up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Penguin 150B up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Penguin 200B up to 50 gallons 200 GPH

Penguin 280B up to 50 gallons 280 GPH

Penguin 350B up to 75 gallons 350 GPH

Penguin 400 up to 80 gallons 400 GPH

Hagen Aqua Clear & Elite Hush

Aqua Clear 20 up to 15 gallons 100 GPH

Aqua Clear 30 up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Aqua Clear 50 up to 40 gallons 200 GPH

Aqua Clear 70 up to 40-70 gallons 100-300 GPH

Aqua Clear 110 up to 100 gallons 167-500 GPH

Elite Hush 5 up to 5 gallons 63 GPH

Elite Hush 10 up to 10 gallons 87 GPH

Elite Hush 35 up to 20-35 gallons 145 GPH

Millennium Power Filters

Millennium 1000 up to 15 gallons 90 GPH

Millennium 2000 up to 40 gallons 160 GPH

Nano Hang-On Filter

Nano Hang-On Filter up to 3 gallons 15 GPH

Skilter & Aquamaster Power Filters

Aquamaster 350 up to 70 gallons 350 GPH

Aquamaster 400 up to 100 gallons 400 GPH

Tetra power filters

Whisper 10 up to 10 gallons 90 GPH

Whisper 20 up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Whisper 30 up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Whisper 40 up to 40 gallons 210 GPH

Whisper 60 up to 60 gallons 330 GPH

Tetra Tec PF 300 up to 60 gallons 300 GPH

Tetra Tec PF 500 up to 100 gallons 500 GPH

If some one would like to pin this that'd be spiffy!


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awesome!!!! I have a whisper 60 on a 55g as dumb as I can be, I assummed 60 stood for 60gph should I still consider adding another filter?

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I would. You want at least 10x the filtration as your tank size, so you need at least 550gph filtered.

Great list, Liv! They have one like this on Pet Solutions.com and it is very helpful!!!

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Yep, they definately need this pinned! It is so helpful! Now, I don't have to keep going to another website to look this info up! Thanks, Liv!!!

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Why thank you Golem! much appreciated!

Yeah I knew I missed some brands so anything you have to add would be appreciated! Thanks!

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You know, Aqua-Tech is a brand they sell in those tank kits. It was what came with mine that I got from Wal**Mart. Could we maybe add those to the list? They are very confusing in the gph as it seems they put different gph on different style boxes they come in! I mean, one store who has an Aqua-Tech 20-40 will say it runs 120gph, while another store with the same filter in a different box says 170gph? When I say box, I mean tank kits they come included in and the individual filters you can buy from Aqua-Tech. Thanks!!!

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Ok so we get a lot of people on here who have fish problems but have a hard time answering the questions about what kind of filter they have and how many GPH they turn over. I have compiled a reference list of all/most of the commonly used filters, their GPH, and the size tank that they're made for. This way it's all in one place for those of us who are trying to analyze and solve some of the problems that pop up so often. Now you don't have to search the entire internet to find out how many GPH such-n-such filter turns over.

Top Fin power filters

Power Filter 10 Up to 10 gallons 50 GPH

Power Filter 20 Up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Power Filter 30 Up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Power Filter 40 Up to 40 gallons 200 GPH

Power Filter 60 Up to 60 gallons 300 GPH

Penguin Bio Wheels

Penguin 100B up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Penguin 150B up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Penguin 200B up to 50 gallons 200 GPH

Penguin 280B up to 50 gallons 280 GPH

Penguin 350B up to 75 gallons 350 GPH

Penguin 400 up to 80 gallons 400 GPH

Hagen Aqua Clear & Elite Hush

Aqua Clear 20 up to 15 gallons 100 GPH

Aqua Clear 30 up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Aqua Clear 50 up to 40 gallons 200 GPH

Aqua Clear 70 up to 40-70 gallons 100-300 GPH

Aqua Clear 110 up to 100 gallons 167-500 GPH

Elite Hush 5 up to 5 gallons 63 GPH

Elite Hush 10 up to 10 gallons 87 GPH

Elite Hush 35 up to 20-35 gallons 145 GPH

Millennium Power Filters

Millennium 1000 up to 15 gallons 90 GPH

Millennium 2000 up to 40 gallons 160 GPH

Nano Hang-On Filter

Nano Hang-On Filter up to 3 gallons 15 GPH

Skilter & Aquamaster Power Filters

Aquamaster 350 up to 70 gallons 350 GPH

Aquamaster 400 up to 100 gallons 400 GPH

Tetra power filters

Whisper 10 up to 10 gallons 90 GPH

Whisper 20 up to 20 gallons 100 GPH

Whisper 30 up to 30 gallons 150 GPH

Whisper 40 up to 40 gallons 210 GPH

Whisper 60 up to 60 gallons 330 GPH

Tetra Tec PF 300 up to 60 gallons 300 GPH

Tetra Tec PF 500 up to 100 gallons 500 GPH

If some one would like to pin this that'd be spiffy!

Just a little editing on the GPH and names, there is no such thing as a Penguin 280 or 400. I know that you mean Emperor, but not everyone will know that. Also, the Top Fin 10 pumps 90 gph. You forgot the Tetratec PF 150 for 10-30 gallon tanks that pumps 150 gph. Also, the Millennium 3000 which pumps 295 gph. There is an Elite HUSH 20, which pumps 105 gph. The WHisper 20 pumps 105 gph and the 30 pumps 145 GPH. The Whisper 4 pumps 350 gph and the Whisper 5 pumps 450 gph. There are more models than the 2 AquaMaster filters you put, and also it would have helped to put the GPH of the older Penguin series.

Regent AQUA-Tech 5-15, 5 and Neptune 5 100gph

Regent AQUA-Tech 10-20, 10, and Neptune 10 120 gph

Regent AQUA-Tech 20-40, 20, and Neptune 20 160 gph

Regent AQUA-Tech 30-60, 30, and Neptune 30 330 gph

Aqueon 10 100 gph

Aqueon 20 125 gph

Aqueon 30 200 gph

And what about canister filters and pumps for sumps? Maybe its just me, but I don't feel this thread is COMPLETELY thought out!!

Just wanted to clear that up.

Daniel

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I was wondering i use a Aquaclear 150 for my 10 gallon and a Aquaclear 200 for my 20 gallons .. are these the older models???

Because that is what i am reading on the clear plastic on the top of the filter..

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Is anyone using a canister filter for their tank? I had a Eheim 2028 canister filter on my 125g tank before. They are quiet and powerful filter. Model 2028 is rated for up to 165g tank.

I believe the canister filter is the best filtration system for any medium to large tanks. They are quiet, reliable and doing a great job on filtering large amount of the water. They make your tank water crystal clean.

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Wow, that's absolutely fantastic that you've compiled this list. I bookmarked it immediately and am sure I will be turning to it time and again. Thanks a bunch!!!

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Here's some info I found on Fluval filters. These are common in the UK so this should be handy for UK members. I've converted litres directly to US gallons and rounded to the nearest 10. The bracketed numbers are what tank size the info says the filters are intended for:

Fluval 1+: 200 lph/53 gph (up to 10 gallons)

Fluval 2+: 400 lph/105 gph (up to 20 gallons)

Fluval 3+: 700 lph/185 gph (up to 30 gallons)

Fluval 4+: 1000 loh/264 gph (up to 50 gallons)

Fluval 105 External Filter: 480 lph/127 gph (up to 25 gallons)

Fluval 205 External Filter: 680 lph/180 gph (up to 50 gallons)

Fluval 305 External Filter: 1000 lph/264 gph (up to 70 gallons)

Hagen Fluval FX5 External Filter: 2300 lph/608 gph (up to 400 gallons)

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The actual figures are "deceptive" for goldfish keeping though! I am a BIG Aquaclear Fan!! But :

Aqua Clear 110 up to 100 gallons 167-500 GPH

For my 90 gallon tank I run TWO AQ110s & STILL had to add a Fluval 104 (many THANKS to a DEAR FRIEND) to actually put me on top of keeping it clean!!!

When I 1st got my big tank it was used & the deal was to include filters......I NEVER got those. I had a couple little filters that worked on my 29 but when I put them on the big tank it looked comical....woulda be funny if it wasn't such a disaster!!

One of my sons got me an AQ110 as a gift! Wow I thought it looked like a BOAT MOTOR! Was I ever shocked to find it was not enough!!

Well I finally got it right! But I thought I'd mention this for anyone that might upgrade their tank size to BE PREPARED!! :krazy:

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Guest Orandaa

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I just came across this thread and when reading the Aquaclear list I noticed that, too.

I swear by AquaClear, they make great filters that last a long time. They're easy to set up, change and clean. Overall they're great.

Anyway, they are kind of deceptive. They say for example on the Aquaclear 30 that it can filter up to a 30 g tank. But the GPH is only 150. If you want "Tank size x 10 = optimal GPH" which is what most people go by, then you'd need 300 GPH for a 30 g tank. Therefore an AquaClear 30 wouldn't do.

Just something to look out for when buying filters. But as far as the product itself, AquaClear is great.

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Small change that anyone will buy the brand that I bought (it looks like a copy of an Eheim/ Tetra cross)

Aqua Pro SP4: does 1550 l/h or 409.59 gal/h

edit: forgot to put it in gal

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hey guys i got the new whisper ex 30 filter came out on sept 20 08 ex30 30gal

ex50 50gal

ex80 80gal

this means its good for that many gallons, its really good. it comes with timestrip technology and if u press the button it tells u wen 2 change the filter (turns red wen 2 change).

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Actually, the filters came out in August but alot of the pet stores had them sitting in teh back until they could either sell out the old Whispers or until they could get the reset for their shelves in. I still haven't put mine out at work. I have to find a place for them. But anyways they are great filters, and one of the perks of being a manager at a pet store is that I got my Whisper EX back in early July.

As for the Whisper EX systems:

Whisper EX 20 : 110 GPH

Whisper EX 30 : 160 GPH

Whisper EX 45 : 240 GPH

Whisper EX 70 : 340 GPH

And the Whisper PF series:

Whisper PF 10 : 90 GPH

Daniel

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I kept hearing, you need ten times filteration.

I have a 22 gallon tank, so I'd need 220 GPH.

220g in litres = 1000 litres approx.

1000 litres filters are huge, my tank isn't that big!

Am I missing something.

I'm currently using a fluval 2 (400 Litres per hour), what filter would you recommend?

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I kept hearing, you need ten times filteration.

I have a 22 gallon tank, so I'd need 220 GPH.

220g in litres = 1000 litres approx.

1000 litres filters are huge, my tank isn't that big!

Am I missing something.

I'm currently using a fluval 2 (400 Litres per hour), what filter would you recommend?

Keep in mind that goldfish are cold water fish and very messy ones, as they produce a lot of waste. That is why you need so much filtration to prvent them from dying of their own excrements.

Most people use 2 or more filters to get the right turn over (canister, hang on back, the origanal internal filter). You are right, canister filters are huge (mine does 1550 l/h, but you can hide it in the stand of the tank ;) ), but they do a great job.

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