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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Alternate source for planted tank filters.

So, I'm still browsing for lights, which I think I'll settle for this http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...46adb495731cfb for my 75 gallon tank.

Anyway, while I was looking through their site I was just curiously exploring and stumbled upon this: http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...oducts_id=1384

Considering planted tanks need a lot of water flow, I see that as a cheaper option than snagging two canister filters. Plus, it comes with UV! Build a spray bar on that thing, and perhaps attach a garden house valve on that thing to adjust the flow rate, and it seems you've got yourself an interestingly cheap yet powerful option. Or even better, a custom spraybar that would simulate the same effect and flow as if one had two canisters. Only 150$ less.

What do you guys think? I'm not really sure, but I believe 1600gph sure does beat my 200$ no UV 250 gph. By a tiny bit.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 02:24 PM
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I would do a lot of research and just as you are doing ask for input from people who have used that brand, that system.

I know with lights that often the cheaper brands' fluorescent lighting are using a cheaper ballast that does not give the production that the better (more expensive) brands can do.

I have heard about problems with cheaper brands of filters, too.

Like anything: You get what you pay for in most cases.
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No no no, I'm not looking for the cheap route. I'm just thinking, since pond pumps seem to be a cheaper option in general, why not just use those? They offer an extreme amount of water flow, and looks like that one pump can replace several canister filters.

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Also considering this:

1) if you have a single filter and it goes out after hours, the tank is without a doubt going to be hit with lack of oxygen for the filter and tank,and the filter medium's bacteria will probably die. New filter syndrome on an already established tank(with full load) - might as well write if off as complete loss.

2) 2 filters give you the balance of water movement across a longer tank, in above scenario you still have one filter going to keep things running until the next day when stores are open, and best of all when cleaning the filter medium in one filter, the other is still active.

I would shoot for two or keep an extra around for backup
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You could probably do it, but two things I could think of off the bat, pond filters might not be sealed as diligently as one's that are destined for indoor use and they also might not run as silent. Two issues that you probably wouldn't notice outdoors.
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