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Old 09-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Help! Aqua One AR850 upgrade.


G'day guys.

I am going to upgrade my Aqua One AR850 165 liter aquarium to be able to keep plants a whole lot better, but I don't know what to buy!

I know I will be wanting to replace the crappy filter with some sort of canister filter, but what one should I choose? (I am pretty much set on a Fluval or Ehiem)

Also the heater NEEDS to be replaced. The thermostat is way out and I am waiting to come home from school to see some nicely cooked fish fingers What heater would you recommend? I have heard that pretty much any heater with a built in thermostat has a crappy thermostat, so has anyone got any suggestions on one with a separate thermostat?

And finally.... The lighting. I would like to keep the standard hood, but it sucks that my aquarium is just shy of 3 foot (33" to be exact) so I guess i would need a 24" fixture unless 30" ones exist. Open to suggestions on what lights I should be running. (BTW at the moment im running 70w t8)

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~Daniel
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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The only heaters I will touch anymore are the Via Aqua titanium. They have a separate controller. Or the Hydor inline. If you are getting a canister filter get the hydor it stays out of the tank.

As for the filter Eheim is always a good choice. I have had too many of the smaller fluvals leak to reccomend them. I have three Rena xp3s right now. One of them has been running for five years with little to no maintenance.

As for media I never run carbon or chemical.

The Rena xp3 is 103 a piece off bigals, Comes with enough media to get it running, but you will want to add around 2 L of matrix or biorings which will run you about 15 more bucks.

If you go with eheim a 2217 or two would do fine or a 2262.

Keep in mind I am obsessed with filtration.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply.

I was looking at an ehiem 2217, looks like I will have to go with that, looks very nicely built.

As for the Via Aqua, I couldn't find an Australian store and it would cost too much to ship from the US. I reckon I will go with an Aquamanta 200w, looks similar to the Via Aqua anyway.

Has anyone got any lighting they can recommend? preferably T5HO
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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Wow, another Tasmanian. I'm from launceston!

I just put a 2217 on my big tank after always Having fluvals and I'll never go back! I had 2x36 on my old 3ft worked fine!
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Wow, another Tasmanian. I'm from launceston!

I just put a 2217 on my big tank after always Having fluvals and I'll never go back! I had 2x36 on my old 3ft worked fine!
Well that was unexpected haha! Where did you get your 2217 from?
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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I can't remember now, was a aus based online company though. Was 200 bucks
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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Ah, not too bad. Found one on thereefshop for $238 with biomedia. Free shipping too
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Just one question with lighting, would a 2x24W T5HO fixture with separate reflectors be enough for my aquarium?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #9
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cheap!

and possibly, i hd 2x36 or something on my 3ft and that seems pretty perfect
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