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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 05:11 PM
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Another recommendation for the 2075. Prefilter is top rack and easy to clean.
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I have seen pictures of the old problematic lids and mine actually have far more rigid plastic support. I will take a picture if I get a chance. I have never had any issue. I know they also replaced the o-rings with the correct size ones.
Are there any mods to rigidize the lid more?
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Do a google search for gunner and cfs500 I know he has used some sort of plywood support or something like that. To be honest with you though I wouldn't worry about it I have 3 one of which is nearly 2 years old and has never had a leak. I don't baby it either I am not even concerned.
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I would get whatever filter you want, but then add a sponge prefilter on you intake. Just rinse it out every time you do a water change. I am always amazed at how much gunk comes out of the sponge after only a week!

This will reduce how often you need to break down your canister (I do it every 6 months now)
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I would get whatever filter you want, but then add a sponge prefilter on you intake. Just rinse it out every time you do a water change. I am always amazed at how much gunk comes out of the sponge after only a week!

This will reduce how often you need to break down your canister (I do it every 6 months now)
Brogan I think that is a great recommendation but what size or density sponge do you use? I can see a sponge quickly reducing flow to the filter. Especially the higher flow canister filter you would need for a tank the size of the OP's.
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Fluval G6. I change the pre-filter each week. Takes 2 minutes.

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The easiest I used were nuclear filters run with a external pump and used with unions and filter drains.
I second this. Nu-Clear canisters are great heavy duty filters. A little more complicated to initial install than a regular canister, but if you set them up with the
right plumbing from the start they are very quick and easy to maintain.

I keep a spare pleated cartridge on hand. When it's time to clean, I just remove the old cartridge and replace with the spare. I then toss the old cartridge in a bucket with a dilute bleach solution, let it soak overnight, rinse a few times to get rid of the residual bleach, let it dry and then it's ready for the next cartridge swap.

The other nice thing about this setup is that the biofiltration is in a separate canister so you don't have to worry about disturbing it too much when cleaning your mechanical filtration.

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