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Canister intake/outtake placement

I have a 84G tank (48"x17"x24") with a FX5 filter.

Is it best to have the intake/outtake on one side to create a circular motion or to put one on each side for a side for a 1 direction flow.
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Havent set the tank up yet.. But my plan will be to have it forest like with lots of manzanita roots and lots of plants
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I do both on one side usually.
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Just wondering have you setup your FX5 yet? For most part I have same tank, 48,18,25. I have FX5 as well. Trying to decide if I will need to build a spray bar.
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Canister intake/outtake placement

I'm about to set it up in the next day or two. I'm going to place the intake and outtake on the same end. I'm just not sure if the output will be to much for my army of tetras and danios. You can turn down the flow on the intake and outtake on the fx5. If it is too much my backup plan will be a spray bar
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I'm about to set it up in the next day or two. I'm going to place the intake and outtake on the same end. I'm just not sure if the output will be to much for my army of tetras and danios. You can turn down the flow on the intake and outtake on the fx5. If it is too much my backup plan will be a spray bar
Cool please keep us updated, as I will be setting mine up in a few weeks as well.

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Canister intake/outtake placement

It will be an in tank one for now but it still on my list
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Re: Canister intake/outtake placement

Fluval recommends putting them at opposite ends of the tank. And I definitely recommend a spraybar, the increased surface agitation is greatly beneficial.

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Canister intake/outtake placement

So on the same end would be a circular motion where opposite ends would be more of a run way flow. I love the ideas of a spray bar but war to avoid the bulky look on a open top tank
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So on the same end would be a circular motion where opposite ends would be more of a run way flow. I love the ideas of a spray bar but war to avoid the bulky look on a open top tank
I don't think it would look very bulky, depending on the positioning of it. If you place it at one end of the tank, running front to back so that it sprays the length of the tank, I think that would minimize its profile and make it less noticeable.

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Canister intake/outtake placement

Possibly. It will be going on a fluval osaka 320. It's open top and I want to keep it looking slick as possible. A clear Acrilic spray bar may work and look if I go that route
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Don't forget the Osaka has that silver trim band at the top which will hide all kinds of evil if you use it properly.

What I'd do is put the spray bar at the front of the tank, hidden behind that trim and have it spraying towards the back of the tank. That way you get the benefits of a spraybar with it being practically invisible.

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