You can count me in this crowd!
Linn- I'll be very curious to know how this filter works out for you! From the pH drop through the cerges, to cleaning and more! Nice write up!
Thank-you @Ken Keating1
and Grobbins48 - was hoping some would enjoy all the non-plant pics :-)
As for the filter - there are many pluses that I can see.
Plus #1 - the drain. As some of you know I have a stub of a stand pipe built into the stand. Great for draining water. Now with the new filter I can drain the water out of the filter easily before servicing it. Makes it a lot easier to carry!!!.
Plus #2 - the drain. Something I realized is I can drain water out of the 75g tank, thru the dirty side of the filter and right out the drain. This will help to keep the dirty side of the filter cleaner. Trust me, the brown/black gunk that comes out of the old filter after 3 or 4 weeks is pretty gross.
Plus #3 - the lid. Getting all the trays back in just right and getting the top to close on the AquaTOP pretty much sucked. Always trial & error. The new FX4 is almost idiot proof - which can be handy!
Plus #4 - the shut off valves. These seem WAY sturdier than the garbage that was on the AquaTOP filter.
Plus #5 - flow! Probably don't need to say much here :-)
Now for the "possible" negatives...
Negative #1 - In the AquaTOP, I used filter floss to polish the water. Did a good job until it got mucked up. After 3 weeks it was pretty much full of fine debris and useless. But... it probably had 2x the surface area of the area for a filter floss in the FX4. This has me a bit worried. But... If I can simply drain off some dirty water every week it may last longer. Time will tell.