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Old 07-21-2007, 08:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not sure if this counts but I really like the HOT Magnum filters.
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Old 07-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Let me first put on my fire proof suit. I've had a fluval 304 for over 18 months with no problems from it. It's quiet, starts easily after a cleaning, no leaks etc. I'm not sure what more I'd want from one.
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I used a Fluval 304 for a few years and when I was able to keep the hoses full of water when I cleaned it, it worked like a charm. But, the initial priming, or subsequent priming when the hoses were not full of water, was a royal pain, and usually resulted in blisters on my fingers from pumping the priming valve.
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I have one of the newer models of Fluvals on a 60 gallon. I have the fluval 405 and have no problems with it. Its much easier to get started than they used to be (I had a 404 for aquatic turtles a few years ago).
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Which of these has a pause button or a shut off button for when I am feeding the fish?

That is one thing I do not like about my HOB. Starting it back up is a pain.

I want to feed my fish, not my filter. Thanks.
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I don't believe any of the canister filters have an "on/off" button for feeding. But the Filstar Rena and the Eheims do have accessible flow toggles, which you can shut down or reduce during your feeding times. Go with either the Rena XP3 or the Eheim 2217.

Oh, and to answer your earlier question: For your a new filter, it's a good idea to take some old bio media and stick it in the new filter for a few days to get the biological bacteria going.

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Which of these has a pause button or a shut off button for when I am feeding the fish?

That is one thing I do not like about my HOB. Starting it back up is a pain.

I want to feed my fish, not my filter. Thanks.
You really don't need it. I mean if you unplug a cansister they usually start up with no problem. I guess some HOB can be more problematic. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of fish do you have that you feel they won't get to the food quick enough with the filter on?
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Actually it is not the fish that I was thinking of, it is the food. I have become addicted to hatching Artemia Nauplii. The larger fish get quite the workout trying to eat 1,000,000 of these things. Nutritional punch and an aerobics work out all in one shot.

With an HOB the water flowing into the tank almost aims the food towards the bottom right towards the intake.

I just don't like the idea of feeding my filter.

So, after safely transporting my fish to a safe bucket while making the transfer to a new tank;

would it be sick and twisted to take all the plants out, STIR UP THE SUBSTRATE, and then filter the tank water to suck out all the dissolved organic carbon and 'plant' or 'seed' it into the Canister Filter for the future tank?

For all the El Naturale 'black gold' that builds up over time with plants and substrate, it just figure it would be a shame to drain and throw it all away.

Or would that be a sick and twisted idea?

Thank you all for your help with this. I am going to eventually print out this thread and go back over to PetsMart to start examining the recommended products.

Anyone that would like to create a poll on this thread for your favorite filters, please do so. I am curious. John I think you may have narrowed it down for me. Oh, and by the way I am only in the planning stages with this. Wait until the wife asks me about this.
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:12 AM   #19 (permalink)
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But the Filstar Rena and the Eheims do have accessible flow toggles, which you can shut down or reduce during your feeding times. Go with either the Rena XP3 or the Eheim 2217.
I tried to find descriptions online for these canister filters mentioning those features, but could not find them listed.

John N., could you post a link to one? Thanks, those sound really good.

From the descriptions I found online, I am trying to figure out just how good canister filters are at biological filtration. One thing I read made me think they might not be. Good mechanical. Hmm..

More to think about.
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Oh, and I am definitely getting some 47" lights from www.commodityaxis.com for this new tank.

I got 2 of them for my 23" wide tank and they work great at a great price. I love the HO T5 lights with built in individual reflectors. So easy, so bright, so little fuss. Again, great price.
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