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Old 11-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #1 
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Best filter for 5.5g

So i'm going on vacation for 2.5 weeks, and I wont be able to get anyone to clean his tank while i'm gone. This is a big problem for me since I use a 3g filter system right now because I like the really light flow. I keep looking at all the diffrent filters, and I can't figure out which will be the best one. I've never used a bio filter so i guess i'm a bit skeptical about using one.
I really just need opinions, please. :)
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:02 AM   #2 
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Biofilter refers to the bacteria that you build up in your tank to oxidize ammonia and nitrite. These bacteria grow in your filter media/cartridge/foam/whatever, to cycle the tank (perform the notrogen cycle). If your tank is not cycled, and it sounds like it is not, then you may have a problem.

How long have you been running this tank? Do you know your ammonia and nitrite readings?
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #3 
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I don't, but i've had the tank running for a year. I know about the bacteria that grows in the filter, and on decor. I just saw a biological filter that had foam, some bag of what looked like sand that i'm unsure of, and what looked like a bag of charcoal. I've always used the basic slide in filter. That's what i'm asking about. I just need one that will run well, that there's a little more movement in the water, because right now I move the little one to each side of the tank because i don't like the oil slick look. I just need a new filter system option, because i'm going to be leaving in the next few days, and only have one chance to get to petsmart and hope I get the right thing.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #4 
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the oil slick look is just the protean build up. i have the api superclean 5-20 that is a hob filter that has a dual water intake to clean the lower seation of the tank and the upper portion. it also has a adjusble flow and has ceramic rings for bacteria to grow on. overal i really like it so far. with going away i would not be putting a new filter in and removing the old IF your tank is cycled. i would put the new filter in and keep running the old filter so the cycle dose not crash
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