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Some of the information on this site may conflict with some other opinions and experiences. In every case there is a reason. Almost all of these articles were written after years of interacting with customers in the stores I have worked for and run and talking with lots of people online. I have seen the same issues come up over and over and seen so many myths and misconceptions repeated over and over. Many of these articles address those issues directly. So if something doesn't mesh with something else you have read or heard, please ask. I am happy to explain things whenever necessary.
In addition, there may be other issues not covered in the site that you may have a questions about. I am happy to answer any questions, it may even turn in to another article.
I have been in the hobby for eighteen years. I have worked in the industry for thirteen years. I started as an associate at a small local pet shop. From there I moved up to Freshwater Department Manager at a local aquarium store where within one year I moved up to Store Manager. I now own and run my own aquarium maintenance company. I have had and worked with almost every type of aquarium and fish available in the hobby. I am a Biologist and have had articles published in Aquarium International Magazine as well as Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. I have multiple other articles accepted by and awaiting publication in Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine.
The information on this site is based on this extensive experience and knowledge. Some of it may be debated elsewhere, but the information is what I have found to be true.
Please provide any feedback you wish. This is always a work in progress and any suggestions are welcome.
I am also happy to answer any questions, no matter how small. Take a look around the site and if you don't see an article related to your question just email me. If you get any questions while reading any of the articles just email me.
In my experience AquaClears are the best hang-on-back filters on the market. They have a massive amount of media and exceptional flow. Both the flow and amount of media are comparable to canister filters. However, the only problem with them is their intake strainer. Frankly, it is horrible. They pull all that flow through that little tiny strainer and it just doesn't spread out the flow enough. I have seen healthy fish become stuck to the strainer and even had a mystery snail pulled out of its shell by the flow on an AquaClear 110.
Fortunately there are many options now on the market to help address this problem. They all have their pros and cons.