Aquaclear 70

Just a little review with my opinion of the Aquaclear 70 filter.

I recently bought it because the filter i had, in my opinion was not keeping up with my tank. I bought my tank at petsmart as a kit, and it came with the top fin 30, which filters 150 gph. Right on their sheet “tips for a healthy tank” it says to use a filter that will filter 5-10 times the entire tank per hour. If you do the math, it should be a 150-300 gph filter.

So of course they put in the lowest they can get away with. so moving on, i ended up breaking down and buying the thing, and it was well worth it! instead of having one filter pack with everything in it, it has 3 seperate ones. So you dont throw away the good bacteria everytime you change your filter. It has a sponge, chemical filtration, and lastly ceramics to hold more of the bacteria and you change them at different rates so as to keep the bacteria intact. 3 hours after setting up the filter and letting it run, the water was crystal clear. money well spent! just my 2 cents.


Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: bassman on January 08, 2006, 07:24:33 PM
these really are a great filter. the three stages of filter can be interchanged at any time to fit your situation. if your not using the carbon layer to take the medicine out of your tank, you can put another layer of sponge in it so you have to clean the tank less often! or if you have a heavily planted tank and don’t want to mechanically filter your water, you can only put in biological layers to keep your nitrates up! its awesome!

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Perfectblue on January 10, 2006, 12:17:48 AM
I love Aquaclear filters. They are my favorite hob power filter. 🙂

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Elli Mae on January 17, 2006, 09:11:04 AM
What about the Aqua Clear Mini´s? Are they as good?

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Perfectblue on January 17, 2006, 11:07:03 PM
I have used the 20, 30, and 110 and they have all worked great. 🙂

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Puppie™ on January 17, 2006, 11:37:59 PM
Aquaclears are the best filters known to man. (Including the minis)

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Elli Mae on January 18, 2006, 07:31:33 AM
Would the mini work in a 4g tank with a Betta?

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Squeek on January 18, 2006, 07:34:40 AM
The a/c mini would be too strong for a 4gal tank, IMO….have you seen those azoo palm filters? They are great and tiny and do not produce much current! I Love a/c filters! I have only used the 500 and mini, but I love it!

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Lor1 on January 18, 2006, 09:24:37 AM
I love my 70! I have it in a 40 L and it’s awesome, even with messy cichlids.

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: Elli Mae on January 18, 2006, 10:17:29 AM
Thanks again Nessa..Just had to post here to make sure someone saw the post..I am just aching to get those tanks up and running…

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: fishcake on January 21, 2006, 01:49:21 AM
I have the AquaClear 20 (mini) and it works great. It keeps the water nice and clean. Recently I purchased the nylon media bag so I could put my own carbon in it. It’s a lot cheaper in the long run than using the prepackaged carbon and I can fill it with other media if I want. You can’t go wrong with one of these filters just make sure you get the right size for your tank.

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: stumpyfish on February 03, 2006, 06:31:21 PM
Do you fellas (and ladies) who have the aquaclear filters discard the sponges alot? I usually just kind of soak and gently squeeze mine with good water so that it still gets good flow-through, but doesnt get rid of ALL the good bacteria and stuff thats in it. I usually do this 2-3 times before I change it, anyone else? Let me know if I’m doing wrong, please!

Re:Aquaclear 70 Post by: SneakyPike on February 16, 2006, 06:41:35 PM
I never discard my filter sponge before it begins to disintegrate. I just rinse it as a part of filter clean-ups. Actually I use a thin layer of sponge between polyester layer and bio-media bag.. I use cheap polyester from the craft store as a filter floss and replace it weekly. To change sponges as often as you do would be too pricy for me.

Re: Aquaclear 70 Post by: Gizmo42 on February 23, 2006, 03:41:58 PM
I just changed the sponges and bio media in mine (over a 1.5 month period, 1 peice per 2 weeks). I decided to change mine because I’m an *evil smoker* and you’d be surprised at how much of that stuff gets in the water and sticks to the filters. The way I set mine up is (from bottom to top) sponge, fluval filter floss pad trimmed to fit, sponge, bio media. The fluval pad traps stuff the sponge doesnt and keeps the water nice and clear. I change them more often then the other stuff.

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Comment : I bought the AquaClear 70 after a machanical problem with another brand that made that filter sound like an electric can opener. I love the AquaClear. It’s so much quieter. Just a little humming sound once plugged in. Yeah, you can buy more for your money, canister filters, wet/dry trickles, spend hundreds on the Fuvals or thousands on custom filteration units and if you’re Brad Pitt or Bill Gates and don’t mind the big dollar startup and maintenence costs, enjoy. But for my hard earned money, the AquaClear 70 is all I need. It’s just fantastic. It’s cheap (as filters go) effective (crystal clear), relatively quiet(again,as filters go) and most importantly, the fish love the results. Yeah, I used to think the fish were lazy. Not moving around much except when we’d sprinkle food in the tank. It turns out they were just living in the Bejing of fish tanks. Added the AquaClear, watched the water turn clear and now they’re darting around the tank like kids on a new playground. I am very satisfied.
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