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  1. Hi everyone, I am setting up a new tank and I wanted something quieter than a HOB filter so I was thinking of getting a Fluval 406 canister filter for up to 100 gallons. Would you recommend adding a HOB filter too? I plan on having 3-4 fancies in it (oranda, ranchus). Thank you Kayla D.
  2. So in less than a month I would like to switch to a canister filter on my 33 gallon tank and I'm wondering which to get as I have been looking at the fluval 306 and 406 but I don't know which to get or if I should get a different one all together any help is appreciated
  3. Hi, I am trying to set my canister filter up in my tank. Does anyone have any tips for where the in and out should be to create the best 'water currents' and to clean the tank the most efficiently? My tank is 122cmLx38cmDx46cmH and this is my filter: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/131247811389?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Any hints would be greatly appreciated!
  4. So I am thinking of getting canister filters for my fish tanks as then I would only need one filter and it would allow for more media (which will help in my overstocked tanks) and use less electricity as then I only have to run one filter making my dad happy . I have one problem I don't know which ilter to buy, well I know what filter I want but I don't know what flow rate I should get as this is the filter type I want to get http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002NF5LDQ/ref=dra_a_rv_mr_hn_it_P1400_1000?tag=dradisplay0bb-21&ascsubtag=389b921dff5d70f831c05c04f70f3e9f_S . I have been trying to choose between the three size ranges of the filters but I don't know which ones to get for a 32 gallon aquarium and a 33 gallon aquarium. Also I want to eventually upgrade (my dad will say no but I will ) so I want the filters to be good to use on a new tank which I want to be in the 300-500 litre range for my 5 telescope goldfish but it just depends on what I can find second hand (but my dad will make me buy them brand new ) Which filter would you buy out of those three??
  5. I just ordered this http://bestchoiceproducts.com/products/fish-canister-external-3-stage-filter-pump-for-aquarium-pond-pump-fish-tank to add to my 55 gallon to supplement the Sun Sun canister I already have running. Does anyone have experience with the Best Choice canister? How do you like it?
  6. I finally got it set up and running. I took a cutt off a piece of filter/sponge from the old HOB and put it in the canister for seeding. I suspect that there's going to be a slight ammonia jump while the bacteria get set up. I'm hoping that there's enough in the tank so it's isn't worrisome. Anyway this is hour one review and I will try to update this in a few months. So, with out further adieu: Ordered the product from Amazon - it was about 20 dollars cheaper than Doctor's foster and smith. The parts seem sturdy and put together well. So well in fact the hose was a bit of a pain to get on all the way - but I don't want a flood so I will take it as a plus. The installation was fairly easy, the only slightly annoying thing with the installation was that there are 3 manuals for it in different languages. So you have to read e.g. the English section in each of the three manuals. It does however come with a CD to put on your computer that has all the manuals, all three of them....Better would have been to have a manual with say, English, french and Spanish for example and the other manuals with different languages. So you only have to keep the one manual. Anyway, my initial thought on this filter is man this thing is quiet! I mean, I whisper louder than this thing runs and the hum of my laptop fan is much louder. I have yet to own a filter quieter than this one, I find myself glancing at it to make sure it is actually running because I can't hear it! A bit about the electronic features: I like the adjustable flow option with a button rather than messing with the intake valve to the canister like my old Fluval. It has an automatic option, the filter is supposed to adjust power as it gets more filled up with what I will call "gold fish love" -this is also the default as I understand it; a 12h bio function (which I haven't quite figured out yet I need to find the manual)- basically you can have a higher flow during the day and a lower one at night so the fish can sleep; there's also stream and constant flow options - if I remember right, the stream will do a cycle flow, it will occasionally put out a higher flow and then go back to a lower flow and the constant flow is well...constant. The canister filter has a service indicator light that tells you how long you have until the filter needs servicing - at the moment it says 6 months (i'll keep an eye on that to be sure). Now if I can just find that manual I can figure out how to use all of these settings. There is a TON of room for media, 4 baskets worth. I have the two bottom filled with Fluval pre-filter media, the next one up Fluval biomax and the top one filled with Eheim substrate pro. This thing is pretty nifty. The spray bar appears to be agitating the surface in a smooth calm way. I see the plants swaying a bit with the current which hopefully will mean that this will be the only filter I will need. I still need to pick up the purigen and put it in. I'm not sure what rack to put it on? Thoughts on that anyone? My only complaints are at this point the size of it, it won't fit under my aquarium stand - but the trade off is that it will be more accessible for cleanings. The other minor complaint is the ever so pretty green tubing and it didn't come prefilled with media, I had to buy my own. I spent quite a bit on media. You should see my poor living room, it is covered with fish supplies/boxes from amazon. So photos will be out for awhile until I can get this place cleaned up. I only have about 4 weeks left of school so probably by then. Things I'm considering getting for it later on down the road are the internal heater and I'm not sure but I think there might even be a UV sterilizer for it too. Overall, thus far I am very happy with my purchase.
  7. I was thinking of getting this for my 55 in addition to my other HOBs (I have 3, will take the smallest out to replace). It would be my first canister. Is it a good choice? It says it's for 159 gallons and is the most expensive. Saw a couple people on here say they have this for their 55g...otherwise I would have gone with the 66g one or something.. WHY is it $278.99 on Petsmart's website and $139.99 on Amazon???!! ( http://www.amazon.com/Classic-2217371-External-Canister-Gallons/dp/B0002AQXVI <--- is this even the right one? Sorry if I wasn't supposed to post the link?) Is it worth it? thanks!
  8. I am getting ready to set up my old 55 gal to consolidate 2 tanks. (My dad drove is 800 miles across country for me). I was going to use AquaClear 70 with cultured media, but I know I need another filter. My dilemma is... Should I get a canister filter and if so which one or should I just get another HOB? I like the idea of it being out of sight. The extra work cleaning out does not bother me. I want to do the right thing for the fish. #2 issue= One of my ranchus really does not like current and I need to baffle the AquaClear. What would be the best and safest way to do this? I have heart of the plastic bottle way, but am worried about sharp edges. Also if I put filter floss or sponge in the water fall area, how do I secure it? Sorry for the wordiness of this post, but would really appreciate any and all suggestions!
  9. This morning my big canister filter got delivered. 1800LPH. It's HUGE! Here's one of my cats, Willow, helping me show how big it is: I only have a couple of questions. The instructions are woefully inadequate. Do I take the ceramic noodles and activated carbon out of their little mesh bags or keep them in them? There are three baskets; one has foam, one has carbon, one has ceramic noodles (they are all about 1/4-1/3 full with the little baggies). Where do the bioballs go? What order do I put them in? I'm thinking ceramic noodles at the bottom, carbon next level up and the foam on top? Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone! I was looking around for an affordable canister filter and I came across the API Nexx. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this filter and what you think about it. Here is a link to the filter. I watched some Youtube videos about it and it seem pretty awesome. http://www.amazon.com/API-770A-Nexx-Filter/dp/B0056GOO7I/ref=sr_1_26?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1353295525&sr=1-26 Thanks in advance!
  11. For years I've used a Diatom filter for water polishing. For those not familiar with the diatom it uses diatomaceous earth as a filter media - diatomaceous earth or DE are tiny fossilized organisms called diatoms which are crushed to an extremely fine powder. DE has the ability to filter out pathogens as small as one micron - it's the only material of it's kind that can filter out parasites like ich. That said, they are incredibly cumbersome to use. Set up alone even for the experienced is difficult and time consuming. You need to be able to open the motor casing, replace bearings, oil certain parts, replace gaskets, apply silicone, clean out the motor and more. It's a fine product that does exactly what it promises to do but again, very difficult to set up, break down and maintain. A long time fan of many Marineland products - the Magnum 350 caught my interest because it can double as a water polishing system. Instead of the DE it uses long hollow cartridges of a tightly woven pleated material similar to Hepa filters for cleaning the air. Having a few questions I placed a call to Marineland and found out the polishing cartridge will remove particles as small as 10 microns (about half the size of the dot over a lower case i) I would think most people this is more than adequate. When I asked about using DE the Marineland tech told me that using it was fine and can't obstruct the impeller, void your warrantee or cause any problems. So you can easily get the filtration down to one micron - free of the hassles involved with a Diatom filter. The Magnum 350 is the only filter of it's kind that can convert from a mechanical filtration canister - to a water polishing system. Set up is a breeze as is break down - and the results are fast and spectacular. I tried it out on a 55 and within two hours the water was unbelievably clear, pristine and gorgeous. As I write this review it's currently polishing another tank. Included in the box is more than enough hose then you'll ever need, the motor, canister, gaskets, O-rings, a pre filter sleeve, in take strainer and out flow with diffuser. Also included are two handy quick disconnect vales - one for in take and one for out take. These let you un hook one or both hoses without water gushing out everyplace and either move the filter to another tank for polishing or simply empty it and put it away. They even toss in a couple of quality Flexi Brushes for cleaning out hosing and filter parts. As a primary filter for an aquarium I would never recommend it - It's limited to mechanical filtration only. The chamber they give you for activated charcoal is far too small to hold enough biological media and you would never colonize enough nitrifying bacteria. This bacteria is essential to both neutralizing ammonia and maintaining healthy water. Although should a filter fail on you, this would make an excellent temporary filter or perform equally well as a supplementary filtration - if you tolerate the noise level. It comes with a jar of activated charcoal - which I never use. With the rare exception of removing medication from my tanks. Which is another plus for the Magnum 305. The filter is fairly well made - definitely not the build quality you would find with eheim. Some of the smaller parts are flimsy at best, but this is knit picking. Quick Specs * Certified Flow Rate of 350 GPH * No water bypass * Good for tanks up to 100 gallons * Only filter that can convert easily from continuous filtration to water polishing * 2 year manufacturer's warranty * Polishing cartridges can be cleaned and re-charged with bleach solution At the list price around $329.99 I wouldn't give it a second glance. But if you can find a good deal on it, I would say grab one. I bought mine on Amazon for $94 an absolute steal. The polishing cartridges sell for $17.99 just about everyplace you look. However you can find them on eBay or Amazon for $8 - $9 and I've ordered a bunch of them. As far as the Magnum 350 it's short comings are insignificant compared to how much this filter can do for you - as long as you use it for the right application. Marineland stands behind their products. Anyone how used their Stealth heaters - which I really loved was made aware of a potential short in the wiring. I called gave the name and wattage of the heaters and shipped out replacements of a higher end heater immediately. When I was doing the initial set up, the impeller was problematic, called Marineland did some trouble shooting and the person I spoke with took my shipping info and told me they were shipping out a new impeller assembly - good tech support is worth it's weight in gold. My read on the Magnum 350 is it's a great filter to have, and nothing else will keep your water at this level of clarity. Even algae blooms vanish in a few hours, same with hazy new tank syndrome water - if you're using the DE. If you think you can use it for what it does best - and find it a very...very good deal. I would highly recommend it. You get all the benefits of the Diatom filter by Vortex - without the brain boiling headaches. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. So here's my dilemma. I bought a 56 gallon tank and am looking to put 3-4 fancy goldfish in it. I've read and heard that for goldfish the recommended guideline for amount of filtration needed is tank size x10 per hour. So for my 56 gallon tank I should have a filter or filters that filter 560 gallons per hour. I would like to either do this with one filter or break up the work to two filters and get the added benefit of if one fails the other one will serve as back up while I get the problem fixed. I was looking at the Fluval FX5 External canister filter seen here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B000I1O2PK It is big enough for the aforementioned filtration per hour but I'm worried it might be a big too powerful for the aquarium and the current too strong. Any thoughts or opinions would be great. I'm piecing this aquarium together bit by bit months in advance. I want it to be as perfect as possible for my future companions. Thank you so much for your input.
  13. Hey everyone :] Bit of a query! Some time ago Alistairw very, very kindly gave me a free rena xp2 external canister filter - how awesome is Alistair?!! After alot of boring time and trouble I fiiinally got the right size tubing to set it up with but when I went to set it up I discovered it is very fractionally too tall to fit in the stand under my tank! Not a huge issue really but it does mean that I cant situate it behind or in the middle of the tank, itll have to go to one side, but thats cool as its in the corner of the room and I can hide it between the end of the stand and the wall. The thing is I want to have the inlet and outlet on opposite ends on the tank, because thats quite effective and means i dont have to cut the hood. This does mean either the inlet or outlet tube will have to be longer than the other, and my questions are: Is it ok if theyre not the same length? Which would be best as the shorter one? (i.e. should the inlet be the shortest or the outlet?) What do you guys think? I instinctually thought inlet should be the short one so the filter pulled water in quick and never ran itself dry, but that only works if the impeller "pulls in" rather than "pumps out", if that makes sense? (im not sure if the filter just fills from pressure and then the pump pushes water back up or vice versa). Sorry for wall of text!
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