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Old 08-30-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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is it alright to have a 10 gallon filter in a 20 gallon tank
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:43 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Nope...that's why there are filters for 20 gallons!

You won't get nearly the purification....much would really depend on what kind of fish you have and how many.....you're gonna be cleaning that sucker all the time if you don't have a pump that can filter the water properly...and there is NOTHING worse than an icky aquarium!
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, FL & Floral Park, NY
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It all depends on what kind of fish you have in there....it can get messy quick and if your filter works real hard and is already too small...you will pull your hair out. You may also run the risk of having other issues--disease (Ick), algal blooms, etc. You never know.

The bigger the tank, the longer it will take to get dirty but the filter will make your life so much easier and you will appreciate the tank more and more when you look at your nice clean tank

I had a 75 gallon tank and had a Whisper Filter--cant remember the size off hand but it was a double filter. I wanna say it was prob a bit smaller than required for the tank but I never had a problem. I have always had Whispers although there was a canister filter I was given...off hand cant remember the name but it was an expensive filter with a name brand known to be a good quality. I never used it though.

Good luck with the tank--when you get it going and are all squared away, you will really appreaciate just looking at it.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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thank you
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Rockville,MD
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I always oversize its way better.
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