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Old 11-30-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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A short review. Easy to set up. There is a paper top that explains that each one is tested before it leaves the factory. Mine was wet but clean. All bags sealed. Setup was easy. Love the 5 tier filtration. Nice change from the circular style.

ONE PROBLEM...cut the hoses as SHORT as possible or you will NEVER get it to prime. No drip loops like old school. Once I did that- boom it primed itself.

I will also add that if you see the diagram it is not the correct (easy) way to install it as it will leave the hoses too long. Put the return in the center of the tank not the far left. Since there is a spray bar it makes no different in flow just makes the hose shorter and easier to prime.

This canister is so quiet you can not hear it. I have been told I have dog ears (by my Dad) so I can hear very well. So happy with this purchase so far and intent to buy another.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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A short review. Easy to set up. There is a paper top that explains that each one is tested before it leaves the factory. Mine was wet but clean. All bags sealed. Setup was easy. Love the 5 tier filtration. Nice change from the circular style.

ONE PROBLEM...cut the hoses as SHORT as possible or you will NEVER get it to prime. No drip loops like old school. Once I did that- boom it primed itself.

I will also add that if you see the diagram it is not the correct (easy) way to install it as it will leave the hoses too long. Put the return in the center of the tank not the far left. Since there is a spray bar it makes no different in flow just makes the hose shorter and easier to prime.

This canister is so quiet you can not hear it. I have been told I have dog ears (by my Dad) so I can hear very well. So happy with this purchase so far and intent to buy another.
I had one as well before going to my sump, great filter! I do recommend putting some vasoline on the gasket around the barrel head, i had a rough time one day with it leaking, the gasket was apparently rolling up when i was trying to get it back down

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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I have a huge sump on the reef tank was considering a wet/dry for this one but it will be lightly stocked and heavily planted. Had good luck with the canisters on ones like these.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #4
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I have a huge sump on the reef tank was considering a wet/dry for this one but it will be lightly stocked and heavily planted. Had good luck with the canisters on ones like these.
wet/dry's are awesome!!!
got one on my setup..i went through hang on back, power filters, cannister and oncei hit the wet/dry sump level i'll never go back the benefits are immediately noticeable
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:54 PM   #5
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use one before without the UV...

need to include more media...

i like to pack it as much as possible
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:56 PM   #6
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i have it too, great filter and excellent flow.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:20 AM   #7
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I have the 400. I concur on the vasoline on all of the O rings. When the dry out it will start to leak. Besides that I love mine!
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #8
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I also have a 400uv. it works great and super quiet.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:08 AM   #9
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I just got 3 of the 500's. One on my puffers 40b, and 2 on my 75. I can't even begin to express how much I love these filters! My tanks are so clear, my fish are happier, and I especially love the uv for my puffers tank since he has a constant supply of new fish. Gotta say I am definitely happy with the purchase!
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Got the 400UV. LOVE IT! I made the priming problem a bit better by filling up the canister with tank water before starting/priming it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:02 PM   #11
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Jester-- yes I read that on google AFTER I had it in place lol! I am going to order another today. For a spare.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:46 AM   #12
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So are these the exact same filter as the Ebay Sunsuns? I have a couple of those and they're awesome. I'm going to throw away my Marineland C Series as soon as I can afford to replace them. They're useless. I had planned to get more Sunsuns. What's the benefit of buying the aquatop version given that it's maybe $20 more give or take.
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So are these the exact same filter as the Ebay Sunsuns? I have a couple of those and they're awesome. I'm going to throw away my Marineland C Series as soon as I can afford to replace them. They're useless. I had planned to get more Sunsuns. What's the benefit of buying the aquatop version given that it's maybe $20 more give or take.
The sunsuns are rated mainly for the uk 220v, but work on 120v and have a 2 prong cord. The aquatops have a 3 prong cord and are rated specifically at 120v. I have also heard that the plastic canister itself is flimsy on the sunsun, but I haven't been able to verify that since I have never seen a sunsun in person. Other then that I believe they are exactly the same.
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The sunsuns are rated mainly for the uk 220v, but work on 120v and have a 2 prong cord. The aquatops have a 3 prong cord and are rated specifically at 120v. I have also heard that the plastic canister itself is flimsy on the sunsun, but I haven't been able to verify that since I have never seen a sunsun in person. Other then that I believe they are exactly the same.
My Sunsuns have a three prong plug. And, yes, they are flimsy, I've had the handles on the trays break. I'm still able to pull them out though. They work perfectly and silently and I've been happy with them. Compared to the absolute nightmare of dealing with my Marineland C Series (I have the 360 and 220), the Sunsuns are fabulous. They've never leaked, the primer buttons aren't permanently stuck down, the hoses connect easily, they don't constantly spit air.

I'm sold on replacing the Marineland C Series filters with more Sunsuns. I'm just wondering why I should buy the Aquatop version? After having phone calls and emails ignored by Marineland, if Aquatop offers even minimal customer service that would be incentive enough for me to go with them. Does anyone know if they back up the filters they sell?

By the way, how is this thread still up? I thought vendor reviews were forbidden. I updated my Marineland thread from July with a crazy person rant and it was immediately shut down.
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The sunsuns are rated mainly for the uk 220v, but work on 120v and have a 2 prong cord. The aquatops have a 3 prong cord and are rated specifically at 120v. I have also heard that the plastic canister itself is flimsy on the sunsun, but I haven't been able to verify that since I have never seen a sunsun in person. Other then that I believe they are exactly the same.

Actually I have a sunsun 303b w/uv running on my 55g and it came with a 3 prong plug and rated for US 120volt at 60Hz (I'm an Electrician by trade so I do know the difference). As for the plastic of the canister itself it's thicker then the plastic that was on my old Fluval 305 canister and the latches are much more robust then the old Fluval / Eheim style latches from about 15 years ago. The handels on the media trays do leave a bit to be desired the handles do tend to pop off pretty easily but the media trays can be removes with out them just takes a bit of side to side shifting then it comes right out. I've looked them over side by side since I know someone with an Aquatop canister and they are virtually identical some cosmetic color differences and sticker colors as I mentioned previously but they are the same as I can tell with out dissembling them any further.

I researched canister filters for a good month before deciding on the Sunsun I personally saw no reason to spend almost double on an Eheim / Fluval simply for a major brand name emblazoned on the side of my canister that will be hidden from view under my stand. Not to knock the quality of higher end canisters I know they work very well or they would not be so popular but as with all things in this hobby the manufacturers can and do charge extra because they can this is a nitch hobby although very popular it still occupies a relatively small segment of the overall population so if it goes in your tank they charge extra, for example a regular 20oz paint ball tank sells at wallmart for about 20$ that same tank labeled for fishtank use at the LFS retails for 80$. this happens over and over again don't get me started on the cost of T5HO tubes at the LFS swing by an electrical supply house if you want to see the price difference. Or the ridiculous markup for LED fixtures, 400$ for LED's I built my own for under 100$ puts out about the same amount of light and uses less power overall and I can add to my system down the road if I so choose.

But I digress Canister filters are all very similar as long as they get the job done and they keep the fish happy and don't leak that should be all that matters I just see no reason to spend almost 200$ on one when the 70$ model does the same job leaving me cash in hand to get more Flora/Fauna.
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