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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-19-2004, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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anyone here using te turtle 501 canister filter for their planted tank? i'm using it on my 1f cube. its runs quietly, and i love the spray bar. just wondering if anyone here have experienced with them before.

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Im using it on a 20 gallon long, you guessed it, turtle tank. oh and there are several generations of convicts born in there. theres about 20 in there now that are going straight to the LFS in a about a week. I love this filter, I plan on continuimg using it when i convert this tank to planted. The spray bar is really cool.
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I was looking at that filter, it has a low flow rate, but it looks like it could do the job in a small aquarium without being an eyesore. Oh it's pretty inexpensive too. I'd like to hear more about it. :?:

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anyone got a link?
I don't have a link, I just saw the filter in PetsMart. (Note it is not PetSmart)

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It has a huge compartment to put bio media/carbon pack in. What i did was added more ceramic rings. i think the flow rate would be good for anything up to 30 gal. When the filter tubes and spray bar are clean the water comes out at a fairly good rate, enough to provide good water flow without blasting anything.

One drawback that i see is that the filter has to be almost even with the tank bottom. I think that if you have it lower the motor would not be strong enough to pull the water, or it would burn up. Right now i have mine sitting on a little shelf I built on the back of stand.
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anyone got a link?
Search http://www.google.com/ for "zoo med 501 filter" without the quotes. You'll get a number of hits like the following.

Zoo Med 501 External Canister Filter

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ya, i just took out the bag and replaced it with mroe ceremic rings. tis been running on my cube for about 2 weeks, waters crystal clear.
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