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hey ladies and gentlemen:)

So today I finally made my decision on upgrading to a 40 gallon breeder. :happydance I like the breeders because they are more wide than tall and this is a problem I have with my 29g. It's a pain to get into and I am pretty short. I have a 20 gallon right now with a fish who has about 2 more rounds left of prazi/salt and is doing wonderfully :D The 29 gallon, which is cycling right now with two fish are also doing great. I'm not sure where I'm going to put everyone yet, or if I'm going to sell my 29 gallon. I think I may just keep it and get another fish to put in the 40g with otis :) (my petco has pearl scales right now and I had to kick myself so i wouldn't buy one since I don't have the room right now! They are so cute) I was a bit hesitant to even think about upgrading to a bigger tank due to water changes, but i got myself a faucet adapter and all my worries went away. (why didn't I get one to begin with?!?!)

I've been doing some research on filters, ect and I was wondering what filters you guys suggest for a tank this size. I've been looking at canister filters which I am considering. I just have no idea on which brand to get ect. I have an aqua clear 50 which is on my 20 gallon right now, but I'd like to get another provided I need a filter for qt or anything. I'd just steal the media. I've also been looking at aqua clear 110's OR I was thinking about getting another aqua clear 70 to pair with another filter or canister. Can you guys tell I'm a fan of Aqua Clears?

I'm planning on setting it up within the next month or 2 so I've got some time to figure everything out.

Anyway, what do you guys suggest?? :)

Thanks for reading!

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:clapping: yay for new tanks! and hooray for being a goldfish haha

I love aqua clears so that is an obvious choice to me :P I am also a big proponent (as most people here are) or running two filters on a tank, both so that you have an outlet sucking up waste at either side and you have a back up in case one fails.

I have a 40 breeder (it's a great tank!) and I run an AC70 and an Eheim Ecco Pro 2236. I really like this combo because I get lots of gph out of the AC70 (300 gph) and lots and lots of room for media from the canister.

So, I would personally either go with two AC70's or one AC70 and one canister, and in terms of brands of canisters Eheims and Fluvals definitely lead in quality :)

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thank you! I like the idea of lots of media :) The fluvals are on sale right now as well so I will have to check both of those out. how often do you clean your canister?? I hear they can be a pain

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thank you! I like the idea of lots of media :) The fluvals are on sale right now as well so I will have to check both of those out. how often do you clean your canister?? I hear they can be a pain

They can be a bit of a pain just because there are more working parts to deal with and put back together compared to an HOB. However, it's really not that bad. I have never owned a Fluval so I can't speak to those, but once I got the hang of my Eheim it's not bad to take apart and clean.

I rinse the media every 3-4 weeks just like with my HOB, and I clean out the tubing about every 3 months just to get the build up out.

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