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04-25-2003 08:32 PM
GDominy You a rAC's. I have modified them so the water sheets straight down instead of across the surface. This keeps the water surface pretty much still (barely a ripple every now and then) but creates a nice rolling action in the water keeping stuff from settling on the bottom. If it were possible to move my 135 gallon tank I would probably slap a couple of AC 500's on there to supplement what I have. Unfortunately the combined weight of the tank, stand, and rockwork is over 1000lbs without water so its not going anywhere

I was thinking about making my own filteration system using a HOB overflow and a 30 gallon sump (currently the qtine tank under the 135) but I am worried about outgassing CO2... I have to think about it a lot still...
04-25-2003 07:39 PM
GulfCoastAquarian You know, Gareth, since you mentioned having Aquaclears on all your tanks, I am seriously contemplating a HOB filter for this tank. You can't beat the ease of maintenence! Eheims are expensive, but if I am going to change this Fluval at all, it might as well be the best. Truth is I'm probably going to stick with it for as long as I have to.

Re: Political, etc. this reminds me of when they changed "Hamburger" to "Salisbury Steak" and "Frankfurter" to "Hot Dog". One stuck ,the other didn't!
04-25-2003 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by GulfCoastAquarian
Haven't tried the 404's, no. Although they do look MUCH improved, I don't think I'll be taking a chance on my next filter, though. It's most likely going to be an Eheim.
Well hey if I could afford it I would have Eheims on all my tanks :-) I wish there was local retailer that sold Eheim equipment, its just a royal PITA to get stuff shipped here (especially when you have no credit cards).

I actually use modified Aquaclears on all of my tanks except the 135 Gallon tank, and I need to seriously rethink my filtration system there. I feed my loaches a lot of meaty foods so the bioload is pretty heavy. I considering replacing my Fluval and Magnum with 3 Eheims (2 with integrated heaters, and a third for CO2 diffusion and left empty in case I need a carbon chamber for chemical filtration). It will cost quite a bit, but it should be worth it. I can then free up the Magnum for use as a gravel vac and for as-needed micron filtering.
04-25-2003 06:15 PM
aquaphish Re: Political correctness. Do you think the German Blue Ram would have a name change too!!! Or how about that Saltwater Angel French Angel.

Personally I would like to buy some french wines but can not afford them!!! My brother went to Paris for a medical convention and spent 3 weeks there and brought back some wines. Not being a wine novice the wines were the best I have tasted.
04-25-2003 05:46 PM
GulfCoastAquarian Haven't tried the 404's, no. Although they do look MUCH improved, I don't think I'll be taking a chance on my next filter, though. It's most likely going to be an Eheim.
04-25-2003 04:43 PM
GDominy Have you tried a Fluval 404 yet? They are pretty solid compared to the 403. I only had 1 problem with it so far, but it was a biggie (and it was my fault). I went to put the top back on, but I had it on backwards (it was 2am). I went to lock the clamps in place and snapped one of htem in half!

Hagen sent me a replacement clamp right away thankfully, I didnt have to pay a cent!
04-25-2003 12:51 PM
GulfCoastAquarian So my Fluval is made in Italy. So are Ferraris. You'd think...
04-25-2003 03:58 AM
Work In Progress
Originally Posted by GDominy
Nous ne voulons pas offenser n'importe qui.
I have no idea what you said dude, but it's cool! 8)
I think things have gotten a little too far, when politics make it all the way to our fish tanks...........

But that's just my opinion :roll:

04-24-2003 10:34 PM
GDominy As this is an international forum we should most definately keep political views free of the general forums and limited to the "off topic" area's.

Nous ne voulons pas offenser n'importe qui.
04-24-2003 09:51 PM
Momotaro Eheim. Mine is fantastic! It powers my CO2 reactor and is DEAD silent! A real workhorse. The Eheim is made in Germany , but the Rena is made in..... :evil: .

We don't want to be political here, that I understand, but some folks just might want to know (and they deserve to know).

04-24-2003 09:24 PM
aquaphish Fluval Fanatic For Fish Tank here!!! I have a 403 for my 40 gal well planted and really have not had any problems with it or any other Fluvals I have own in the past.

As for the primer I used to have problems but noticed I had some Java Fern stuck on the inlet and was stopping the ball from blocking the inlet tube which will cause a backflow into the inlet tube and then when you restart the pump the water would start flowing in reverse. But I make sure the ball is cleaned before is start-up and everything is fine.

The spraybar seemed to be too strong of a current fro the 40 gal. so I made three more lines of holes just a little larger than the original one row of holes. This lowered the force that the water would exit the spraybar and also prevented the nearby plants from getting bent over from the force of the water.
04-24-2003 12:51 AM
Rex Grigg When I was buying equipment for my 55 gallon I had to decide between a Fluval and the Rena. I already had a XP-2 but was torn which to get for the 55 gallon. So I started searching the web and talking to people and heard enough horror stories I decided I would buy another XP series.
04-23-2003 06:59 PM
Buck Love my XP2 (s) <---*notice I bought another because...

I know , I know... shutup about them Filstars Buck ! :lol:
04-23-2003 06:07 PM
GDominy Actually I prefer the Fluval 04 series to the filstarts, just personal preference really. I hated the 03 series, although they had a much nicer rim adaptor then the 04's.

I like my magnum 350 as well, although the cost of replacement parts is simply ridiculous ($35 for an impeller magnet!).

I'm thinking about re-doing the filtration on the 135 gallon with Eheims, but the availability of parts is limited :-(
04-23-2003 02:12 PM
ljezuit Everyone recommends the Filstar here. I just ordered one myself. You can't beat the prices at Big Al's.
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