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Emperor 400 Bio Wheel Filter

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Dennis Rumshinsky

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 11:30 am
Hi i am getting back into the hobby after a 15 year absence. I am setting up a 40G Tank and was wondering if the Emperor 400 filter is too much for this tank. Some people say u should Flow 10 times ur tank size and some say less what is the proper amount. Also has anyone used this filter is it just bio wheels or does it have media cartrages in it also. I saw this filter at and its 45.99 is that a good price. Sorry for all the newbie questions but i have never used a power filter before. My previous tank was a 10G with a box filter.
Thanks for all your help and i love this board so many nice people to help u.



Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 02:27 pm
Dennis, I know that the filter has 2 disposable media cartridges, as well as 2 refillable cartridges. All four fit in at the same time. It really is a great filter. I had the 280 on my thirty gallon and it worked great.



Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 09:33 pm
Dennis, might I suggest the 280 for this size tank. I have a 400 on my 55 which works great, and 280's on my 29 and 38 gallon with no problems. The Emporer 280 has a biowheel and a compartment large enough for the premade media cartridge plus a slot for addition media should you so choose. The 400 has two compartments and 2 biowheels. Please remember that once the biowheels are put in place, they should never be touched, rinsed or replaced as this is where a good portion of bacteria is housed. Let me know if you have any other questions.



Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 09:37 pm
Gosh Dennis I've been checking flow rates for filtration for the past year and I never heard of 10 times for an average tropical community fish tank! I think most people actually recommend about 5 times. I have African Rift Lake Cichlid which need lots of filtration due to fish density to dispel aggresion and depleted oxygen at high ph values and I only go with 7 times! I think you may blow some of the more peaceful fish out of the water if your current is to strong. It should say on the box what tank the 400 is appropriate for. I know I run a 300 aquaclear on my 40 gallon and 55 gallon community tanks and that is more than adequate for my angels and festivum.



Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 11:12 am
Dennis, I am in the process of setting up a 40 gal. also. I bought an Emperor 280 at Big Als online for about $35. What are you putting in your tank?


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