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Old 04-19-2013, 05:29 AM   #76
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Well after several weeks, I got my manifold built. Just waiting on 2 things, MPT Reducing Adapter 1/2" x 5/8" MPT x barb. I have brass ones, but I am bit uneasy to use them as they have always leaked for me in the past. Also waiting for 1" black vinyl tubing.

I am to cheap when it comes to shipping, ha.

I am still torn on the spray bar or use the return split that comes with the FX5. I have built the spray bar already, just not sure if I am going to use it or not yet.

I will be happy to get tank up and running and start fishless cycle I hope within a week. Seems like it has taken forever to get to this point.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:37 AM   #77
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Anyone know if I can use EHEIM Substrat Pro Biological Filter Media, in the FX5? I have 2 bags of this stuff, when I say bags I mean big bags full like 5 gallon freezer bag. What area should I add it? Or should I just get the proper media for the filter?
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:39 AM   #78
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As long as its big enough not to fall through the holes in the trays then go fot it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:29 AM   #79
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Anyone know if I can use EHEIM Substrat Pro Biological Filter Media, in the FX5? I have 2 bags of this stuff, when I say bags I mean big bags full like 5 gallon freezer bag. What area should I add it? Or should I just get the proper media for the filter?
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As long as its big enough not to fall through the holes in the trays then go fot it.
You can use anything you want in the fx5, as long as it doesn't clog it or fall through the baskets. I have LECA(expanded clay balls) in the foot of a pair of pantyhose in one of my trays, and lava rock from the outdoor section of Lowes in another tray, biomax in the third. Heck, I even replaced the filter sponges in the sides of the baskets with filter floss(polyester quilt stuffing).

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Old 04-20-2013, 02:16 AM   #80
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I run my FX5 with filter floss on the outside of all three rings, top ring has a coarse filter pad and pre filter media under it, 2nd ring I have it packed full of biomax, 3rd ring has 200ml of purigen and a clearmax pouch and a fine filter pad.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:52 AM   #81
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So far manifold not working out very well for my setup. I don't seem to have any flow in my tank.

Not sure what to do. After working on it all weekend, I am thinking about just buying an in-tank heater, and run the CO2 Reactor inline with the canister since the fittings on my reactor are one inch.

The only down side is I would not be able to run my reactor. I guess I could always get a Y for the UV. Not sure at this point. Mine was based off ETK manifold, not sure what the problem is.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:54 AM   #82
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Default Fluval FX5 Canister Filter?

How many intakes do you have?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:01 AM   #83
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How many intakes do you have?
Just the one that comes with the FX5. Is that what your asking? On the manifold I have 3 devices.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:03 AM   #84
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Default Fluval FX5 Canister Filter?

I used 2 5/8 inputs and it works like a charm
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:10 AM   #85
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I used 2 5/8 inputs and it works like a charm

Think I have lost you, inside of the tank? or you used 5/8 Y?
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Default Fluval FX5 Canister Filter?

Inside tank i have 2 5/8 inputs on either side which go to a 1 inch T. Then to the filter input.

Output to manifold which is 1 inch and all the equipment reduce to 5/8 output of the manifold is one 5/8 lilly
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:17 AM   #87
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Inside tank i have 2 5/8 inputs on either side which go to a 1 inch T. Then to the filter input.

Output to manifold which is 1 inch and all the equipment reduce to 5/8 output of the manifold is one 5/8 lilly
OK thanks for the info. Mine never seems to run out of water, just seems like it not pushing enough water back into the tank. I am not sure. Is your manifold the same as the others have posted?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:21 AM   #88
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Default Fluval FX5 Canister Filter?

Yes only difference is i used 5/8 heater and 5/8 reactor not 1/2 of each
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:38 PM   #89
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Hi Marc, can you post a pic? Might be able to trouble shoot from there.
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Posting pics by request. Hopefully can be seen clearly.
The split is a reducer coupling from 1" down to 5/8", then to a 5/8" "tee" fitting. The top left of the "tee" goes to my Hydor inline heater, then to an open output in the tank. The top right of the "tee" goes to my PVC spraybar. I chose to split instead of simply reduce the hose size for the Hydor because of my concerns with back pressure on the fluval's pump. I would guess I've got the fluval running at 2/3rd it's maximum potential, and no problems with the pump whatsoever.


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