AquaClear 110 Filter

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How would you rate this product?

This product sucks
0
No votes
This product has its use, but there are better
1
4%
If you can get it cheap, it's worth it
1
4%
This is a good product
5
22%
I highly recommend this product
16
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Total votes : 23

AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Kmuda » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:55 pm

The site review for AquaClear 110 filters can be found here:

http://www.oscarfish.com/power-filters/ ... r-110.html

Please reply to this thread with your own review for the AquaClear 110 filter.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Kmuda » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:15 pm

As Rush mentioned in the site review, this is an excellent mechanical filter and a servicable biological filter. This HOB gets around filtration dynamic shortcomings of HOB filters by a utilizing a design that imitates the dynamics of a mini-canister (comparitively deep media bed) as opposed to most HOB filters that utilize cartridges with a limited media bed depth. However, as it relates to biofiltration capabilities and efficiencies, this filter cannot compare to a biowheel type filter or a canister filter. In addition, the very high flow rate, while excellent for mechanical filtration, further reduces biofiltration efficiency because of reduced contact time.

My main problem with this filter is cost. At an online cost of $89 you can add another $20-$40 and buy a quality canister.

However, since my best practice filter configuration on an Oscar Tank (or any tank with a heavy bioload) consists of a quality canister to provide biofiltration, running in conjunction with an HOB to provide mechanical filtration, this would be the filter of choice, even if it's a small canister such as an Eheim 2215 or Eheim 2213 (on smaller tanks such as 55-75 gallons).

To achieve the full effects of this "best practice" concept, the HOB should have a higher flow rate than the canister (I really do have to write that filtration article I've been meaning to write). And this filter certainly will meet that requirement with almost any canister.

So.... my resulting opinion of this filter is I consider it the supplemental filter of choice when used in conjuction with a canister filter. However, if intended for use as primary filtration and you simply do not wish to purchase a canister filter, I would recommend the Emperor 400, although the Emperor 400 is a bit louder. If a silent filter is a requirement, you don't need to be looking at HOBs to begin with. :lthumb:

That said, plenty of people use only an AquaClear 110 on their tanks. It's just not a practice I would recommend.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby twohuskies » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:32 pm

Aqua Clear filters are my favorite HOB filters. They have media much like a canister, and are very easy to clean and maintain. I think I have an aqua clear filter of some sort on every one of my 10 tanks!

Guess you can tell I'm a fan! :lol:
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Goldbug » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Cost:
I bought three of these on special for $30 each. I then returned the carbon packs to PetSmart for $14.99 each (they were in a retail box with barcode). So I basically got my AC110s for $15 each. That being said, I still think they're a good filter at any price.

Overview:
I think they are possibly the finest HOB available. They turn over a lot of water, have a big media area, are reliable (see more on reliability below) and can be modded in various ways using instructions online.

Reliability:
I've had my three AC110s up and running for a few years now. My oscar kicked sand into the intake of one causing it to seize. Cleaning the motor fixed the problem and it has been up and running ever since.

Final Thought:
I believe in over filtration/diverse filtration but I think that two AC110s would be all the filtration you would need up to 120 gallons and reasonable stocking. I had two on my 110 with 1x Oscar and 5x Silver Dollars for over a year and amonia/nitrate were always 0. Being that the AC110 turns over a 110 gallon tank about 5x an hour, two of them would be right inline with the 10x rule of thumb for HOBs on 90-120 gallon tanks.

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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Whiplash4ever » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:20 pm

Kmuda wrote:The site review for AquaClear 110 filters can be found here:

http://www.oscarfish.com/power-filters/ ... r-110.html

Please reply to this thread with your own review for the AquaClear 110 filter.


Let me go on record as saying, I voted for "Highly Recommend" but I do not own one.I have two AquaClear 70s, but they aren't on the forum for me to review. However, if the 110 is half as good as the 70, it's still better than any other Power Filter I have tried.


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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Mike13 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:46 am

I personally love this filter. I've had three AC500s (the old name for the 110) running on my 125 for close to ten years now. I like the flexibility to customize the media to fit my specific needs. I most often run them with the sponge in the bottom covered with lava rock to provide (IMHO) way better bio-filtration than any bio wheel could provide. I've had the Bio wheels too. You have to make sure to keep the sponges clean though because these things pull a lot of water through them and can get clogged easily in a messy Cichlid tank. If they do clog, you can expect the basket to pop up and start draining water onto your floor. That happened to me ONCE... So when I clean them, I wring out the sponges in running water like there's no tomorrow since I'm only concerned with the sponge's mech. filtration. Then I take the necessary care to rinse the bio media in tank water only, etc., etc. to preserve the bacterial colonies.... Some folks run two sponges with success as well.

Cons:
I do wish they used a different plastic in the construction. These things are a bit on the brittle side and will crack and break more easily than the Marineland products which use a softer black plastic. I wish the ACs were made of the same... These filters will also allow the water to by-pass the filter media sooner than some others. Keep the sponges clean and they work like a champ!

There may well be better HOBs out there but I've kept big fish alive for a long time with these and I'm very happy with them.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby LindaD » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:45 pm

The only thing I HATE about the AC filters is the rattle from the lids. I always end up running them lidless.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Tom » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:05 pm

I ran an AC50 for 6 months on a 30g, worked great.
Just picked up an AC110 to use as purely mechanical filtration, ditched all the media except the foam block, and added a second foam block.
It certainly moves water, no rattle yet.
My AC50 rattled occasionally, but reseating the lid worked (so far).
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:43 pm

Well it's been several weeks and I'm happy with my AC110.
When I first started it, it (the lid) rattled a little, but my biggest concern was the hum of the motor.
That hum died down within a week, and no noticeable rattle since.
The motor is slightly louder than any of the canisters, but not loud enough to bug me.
It certainly does what I wanted as purely a mechanical filter.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby dahuches » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:35 pm

I believe I will enjoy this filter. Only had it a couple of days but the media I guess you call it is so huge and I like the idea I can put what ever I want in there though I have no idea what LOL. I cant get the micro bubbles to stop I added water but heard my 4 inch oscar hit the lid eating so I took some of the water out. I cant find the happy place and the micro bubbles really makes the tank look dirty. Other than that I think I will enjoy this filter. I have a 60 gallon tank one oscar and I am going to buy another 110 later.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby alexdiego » Thu May 03, 2012 10:44 pm

I love these filters as well. I have 3 for my different tanks and love their versatility. Careful with sand substrate though as it will eat away at the impeller shaft if sucked in there.The pic above shows one I changed out the other day(on the right) with a new one(on the left). The filter was running pretty loud, but after the swap I could tell a big difference in the noise level.

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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby Venom » Sat May 26, 2012 2:22 pm

I've got to say, I did get a couple of the older AC110s and they really are a good filter. I love the assortment of media that can be put in them, and the filter just overall seems to be "stronger" in Filteration wise then most others. I never used the lids due to the rattling. But other then that I have no complaints.
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Re: AquaClear 110 Filter

Postby j.b. » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:19 pm

Another non-110 owner chiming in here. I've got a 70 (300) that's been running on a 42g for about six years. Very happy with it but I would agree these push a bit too much for totally maximized biological filtration. I don't use carbon anyway, so I keep my chamber loaded with a sponge and as much ceramic media as will stuff in under the water level. Does fine.

I have some little chunks of adhesive weatherstripping on the corners of the filter box to kill lid rattle. Works well. If you try it, make sure the material is shallow enough to allow the inner lid flange to catch and stay in place. Nothing wrong with lidless either, aside from some negligible evaporation.

Word to the wise, some lfs around here have stopped carrying ACs because the rotating standoff has been snapping on newer models. I looked at mine and it seems to be the same material, so if it is indeed a valid widespread risk, it's probably just due to a current production run of flawed moldings.
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