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Old 06-18-2012, 05:19 PM   #31
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I run 2 Cascade 1000 on my 75. Couldn't be happier, 1. Cheaper than the "Trendy" filters 2. Works great.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:15 PM   #32
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I have a Fluval 405 in my 75 and my tank is heavily planted with a boat load of fish in it (all little guys). I do a 30% water change once a week and while I'm at it I rinse all the filter parts in old aquarium water too. So my filter gets a going over once a week also. I know that's a lot of work, but I chose to have all those fish.The filter has worked flawlessly now for over a year.
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I'm totally sold on the Aquatop CF 500, it looks amazing and for only $130 it looks to be a great deal.
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Although, now I'm a bit skeptical about buying this. The UV will render pretty much useless due to the high flow rate. Do you think its a good buy or should I invest in something else?
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:13 PM   #35
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Although, now I'm a bit skeptical about buying this. The UV will be rendered pretty much useless due to the high flow rate. Do you think its a good buy or should I invest in something else?
Yeah, that's the reason I passed on that model. IMHO UV sterilizers:
1.) Seem totally unnecessary
2.) Is just another thing to go bad / break / leak / cause problems.
3.) If I did want a UV sterilizer, I'd spend the money and buy a good quality unit that will actually work well.
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So what should I get?
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #37
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Eheim is always my suggestion
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Eheim is always my suggestion
Maybe, I would need a video or something showing one eheim in a 75. The flow rate is to low, I don't know how I'd get by with it. But I love how they're dead silent.
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You could always go for 2x CF-300s or 2x EF-300s
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True, I am not a fan of the flow
But isn't that what powerheads are for?
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HybridHerp, what do you use for powerheads?

Anybody use the Odyssea CFS500?
It's very cheap price wise.
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I don't use them...yet
But I have two eheims and I could use more flow and surface agitation
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Although, now I'm a bit skeptical about buying this. The UV will render pretty much useless due to the high flow rate. Do you think its a good buy or should I invest in something else?
The flow problem was the first thing I thought of when I saw those. They might be good against green water, but they can't possibly do anything against bacteria or parasites. You have to have much more contact with the uv bulb to kill bacteria or parasites. That's why I got the huge 12x 36w turbo twist uv sterilizers for my tanks.

You also need to have a way of turning the uv sterilizer off when you dose trace ferts. I can't remember the exact details, but when I got my uv sterilizers, I was told they would interact with the trace ferts somehow. Then I started noticing that my tank would be hazy on the days I dosed trace ferts. So now I have my uv sterilizers on timers to go on only at night when the lights are out.
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Why get a filter only to have to add powerheads to make up for the lack of flow?

Rena XPs have excellent flow. In fact, the flow is so strong, they include a flow control valve to reduce the flow. And Rena XP canisters have a good track record. http://www.amazon.com/Rena-723-Filst...owViewpoints=1

As far as quiet, there is no way I could have 8 of them in my house if they weren't quiet, including 2 XP4s in my bedroom. There is just no noise. You can hear them when you are right up against them, but that's it. The room I'm sitting in right now has 6 of them running (4 in cabinets and 2 not in cabinets), and I can't hear any of them (this is without a TV or radio or anything running). I don't know how much more quiet a person could want.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #45
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The flow problem was the first thing I thought of when I saw those. They might be good against green water, but they can't possibly do anything against bacteria or parasites. You have to have much more contact with the uv bulb to kill bacteria or parasites. That's why I got the huge 12x 36w turbo twist uv sterilizers for my tanks.

You also need to have a way of turning the uv sterilizer off when you dose trace ferts. I can't remember the exact details, but when I got my uv sterilizers, I was told they would interact with the trace ferts somehow. Then I started noticing that my tank would be hazy on the days I dosed trace ferts. So now I have my uv sterilizers on timers to go on only at night when the lights are out.
There is a power switch to turn the UV off independently from the filter. The only time you have to worry about the interaction of the trace ferts (specifically iron) is when it is in a specific form. I can tell you from experience UV sterilizers will cause the water to go milky if you are using flourish iron. With most of the dry fertilizer iron forms you are safe to use the UV with.

There are also versions of that filter that do not have the UV built-in. The generic form of the filter is called "sun sun outside filter"
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