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Old 03-28-2012, 01:21 AM   #46
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I wish we had plant savy lfs around here. Old man larry(my lfs guy) tried to sell me one stem of what looked like L. repens x arcuata for $3, a plant I already have his just looked really pink for weak shop lights so I was curious.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:26 AM   #47
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Water changes def help out. A good filter goes a long way!
With water changes do you scim over the substrate at all?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:45 AM   #48
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Amazing scape man. That rock work is just insane. Props to you.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #49
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+1 on the CFS 500!

I've used one on my small container pond for a couple months and have nothing but good things to say.

It'll definitely leak if not sealed up properly. But so will my $300 Eheim.

For $50-$60? Let's just say it's one of the few aquaria-related impulse buys my other half has let me get away with without much feigned outrage.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #50
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Does it need lubed up or something special or do you just have to follow the instructions?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:56 PM   #51
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What did you do differently to make the CFS 500 work smoothly? I'm considering one vs the fx5
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:43 PM   #52
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With water changes do you scim over the substrate at all?
I don't disturb the substrate at all. Your flow and filtration should be strong enough to pick up detritus around your entire tank overtime. A good ground crew also helps out with keeping the substrate level clean.

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Does it need lubed up or something special or do you just have to follow the instructions?
I put a tiny bit of vasiline on the hose fittings before I installed them. That helps with removal later on when you go to clean it.

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What did you do differently to make the CFS 500 work smoothly? I'm considering one vs the fx5
As I stated previously, all I did was add some Eheim substrat pro filter media since this filter doesn't include any such media.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #53
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You are seriously making me reconsider my fx5 purchase. Your tank is absolutely beautiful

I'm using a Fluval 406 on a 57 gallon (essentially a shorter 65 gallon).

I realize now, as my own month old tank is maturing, that flow reduces algae and clears the water - The algae isn't crazy, and expected on a new tank.

The other option is to add a powerhead/circulation pump that will move water around. I just hate looking at pipes, tubes, equipment in the tank, lol

I use PowerMen lily pipes, and the input may be constraining the flow. I've ordered black intakes for the 406 - the stock parts are all shades of plastic, the ones you buy as spares are black, lol.

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I don't disturb the substrate at all. Your flow and filtration should be strong enough to pick up detritus around your entire tank overtime. A good ground crew also helps out with keeping the substrate level clean.



I put a tiny bit of vasiline on the hose fittings before I installed them. That helps with removal later on when you go to clean it.



As I stated previously, all I did was add some Eheim substrat pro filter media since this filter doesn't include any such media.
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You are seriously making me reconsider my fx5 purchase. Your tank is absolutely beautiful

I'm using a Fluval 406 on a 57 gallon (essentially a shorter 65 gallon).

I realize now, as my own month old tank is maturing, that flow reduces algae and clears the water - The algae isn't crazy, and expected on a new tank.

The other option is to add a powerhead/circulation pump that will move water around. I just hate looking at pipes, tubes, equipment in the tank, lol

I use PowerMen lily pipes, and the input may be constraining the flow. I've ordered black intakes for the 406 - the stock parts are all shades of plastic, the ones you buy as spares are black, lol.
By all means, don't take my word as a golden ticket :P. I am only speaking from my own experience with this filter. Jkan already stated that theres another thread of other folks having problems so just keep in mind that with a cheap product, maybe the build quality may not be the same with every unit. Just hope and pray you get a good one I guess lol. Just return it if you don't like it.

If I had money falling out my pockets, I'd pick a FX5 over this unit anyday.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #55
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If I had money falling out my pockets, I'd pick a FX5 over this unit anyday.
I don't have money falling out of my pockets, but if I had a do-over I would get this over the FX5. The FX5 isn't cheap and the build quality isn't great. The only thing it has is the big flow, but that slows down in a hurry with a planted tank, the way they've designed it. So if all else is equal, I could buy 4 of these things for every FX5.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #56
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Looking really good Nick. It'll be nice once this all fills in
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #57
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Nice Nick, Cant wait to see it fill all in!!!
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I don't have money falling out of my pockets, but if I had a do-over I would get this over the FX5. The FX5 isn't cheap and the build quality isn't great. The only thing it has is the big flow, but that slows down in a hurry with a planted tank, the way they've designed it. So if all else is equal, I could buy 4 of these things for every FX5.
Nuff said! I take back my comment then lol. I've actually never owned a fx5 before but just heard about them.

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Looking really good Nick. It'll be nice once this all fills in
Thank you.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:40 PM   #59
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Nice Nick, Cant wait to see it fill all in!!!
Thanks brotha!
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:46 PM   #60
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Fleabay filters FTW! How's the tank doing so far nick?
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