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Old 01-29-2011, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been using a fluval 104 for 3 years in my 30 gallon cube. It's got a pretty low flow rate, and I've been battling algae for the past 6 months. I clean it once a month and replace the media every so often. How many gallons/hour should I be looking for? If I was going to spend up to $200, what should I get?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Time for a filter upgrade

Im going thru the same situation now too(for a 29 gallon).
Im deciding between a
1- Filstar XP1(250gph) $95 or
2- Sunsun Perfect(260gph?) ~$45 or
3- Marineland HOT (250gph) $75 [has a diffusor for air on the out take so idk]
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IM using a Marineland HOT MAG on my 29 and its not bad....theres a few things i really like about it

1-the watter polisher

2-the media basket...(i just put fluval ceramic bio media in it)and use the filter sleeve

3-you can almost aim the return anywhere you wont ( i even had a xp 1 spray bar on it for a wile )
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IM using a Marineland HOT MAG on my 29 and its not bad....theres a few things i really like about it

1-the watter polisher

2-the media basket...(i just put fluval ceramic bio media in it)and use the filter sleeve

3-you can almost aim the return anywhere you wont ( i even had a xp 1 spray bar on it for a wile )
Is it on a planted tank with co2 injection?
I love marinelands products and have had my emperors for 7 years now, no problems. My dad has had the larger canister on his 75 for about ten years.
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Yes, it will be co2 injected.
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that was more directed towards Duckweed Hunter as i want to know if it would be good for co2 injected aquariums
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yes it is and works grate
this is the diffuser im using right now (so i get a lot of gas up take from my plants)
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co...ffuser-55.html
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/pl...ffuser-partii/
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Default Re: Time for a filter upgrade

I have been running the Fluval 204 on my 29 gallon tanks, and would not want a smaller filter than that.
One of them needs to be replaced, so I am thinking of an XP2. I have had too many problems with the Fluvals to want to repeat.
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well, that seems accurate. I went to the store and got a 305, it fits inside my cabinet. But, strangely enough when I opened the box up the propeller shaft was missing... odd.
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I suggest reading this thread for suggestions.
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