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Old 12-04-2004, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am considering getting one of these filters. I have been told that they are excellent for polishing the water for a crystal clear look and for getting rid of Cyano.
Has anyone had experience with using one?
I think the fact that it will get rid of the cyano I have right now is a very attractive feature.
Any thoughts or comments positive or negative welcome.

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I am considering getting one of these filters. I have been told that they are excellent for polishing the water for a crystal clear look and for getting rid of Cyano.
Has anyone had experience with using one?
I think the fact that it will get rid of the cyano I have right now is a very attractive feature.
Any thoughts or comments positive or negative welcome.

-Adrian
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Old 12-04-2004, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I have bot 350 and HOT. I believe HOT is 250 and not 350. I don't know about clearing cyano but it does polish the water very well. I use the micron cartridge in conjunction with diatom powder.
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what size tank? for a 30 gallon or smaller the HOT 250 would be good, larger the 350 would be better. But they are very good micron filters, especially if you use some DE with the micron cartridge.
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Old 12-05-2004, 06:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Ninob,
Maybe I am confused and you might be able to help. I have seen a Magnum (I thought it was the 350 HOT,) it has two separate filters, a bio wheel type one and another cannister type that hangs right beside it. The one that hangs beside it is the one that you can use as a diatom/polishing filter. Is that something like you have?
Margolis,
I have a 29 gallon tall tank and think the 250 would be fine.
Which leads me to a question for both of you: are the 250 and 350 identical in the way they work? ie do they both have the ability to use DE with them?

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Old 12-06-2004, 01:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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The 350 does not Hang On Tank, only the 250 is a HOT model, the 350 sits on the floor. You probably saw the 250 HOT and the 250 HOT Pro. The difference being that the pro includes a bio wheel.

I can't say wether the the HOT has a micron filter or not, I have only ever used the 330's and 350's. I am going to assume it has the micron filter though, since it is a magnum, and the description mentions polishing the water. We will have to wait for a definitive answer though.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have two of the 350's and I use the polishing media with both of them . They do a very good job at keping my tanks looking good . I just clean them out with a 4 to 1 water to bleach mixture . For my plant tank I made my own return tube out of pvc, to keep the flow at the bottom .
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The 250 HOT does have a micron filter and uses a bonded sleeve in the same fashion the 350 does. The optional biowheel is nice, but if it's going to be a mobile filter for cleaning up tanks, I don't see the point of the biowheel. I run a 350 with the two biowheels on a 29 gallon, using the micron filter. It's somewhat humorous to me that for full time operation, according to the manufacturer, you're supposed to use the media container filled with carbon.... if you're going to do that, imo, you might as well just get a regular canister filter that actually holds some media ( and different types of media), then have a 250 HOT for quick polishing.
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The 250 HOT is ready-made to Hang On Tank but there is an add-on to the 350 to make it a hang-on. Both use the same micron cartridge.

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