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Non gravity feed canisters for a nano...help?

I have a nano setup where it's going to be almost impossible to run a canister below my tank. I am looking for filters that don't use gravity for flow. I guess most are advertised as turtle filters. I am guessing I am not the only one interested so I figured this may be a good place to compile a list.

Zoo Med 501-I actually like this filter on my 5.5 low tech. It's been reliable and easy to service, outside of the lack of quick disconnects. I want more flow on my new 6 gallon

Zoo Med 511-This may be what I need but I rarely hear anything about them. It seems the flowrate is about double the 501 but I can't find concrete info.

TOM Aquarium Rapids Mini Canister-Cheaper version of the Zoo Med 501 both in price and build from my research. Same GPH.

Finnex PX-360-Seems to get good reviews. 95 GPH and larger tubing which would make finding lily pipes easier.



Any others?


Right now I am using an Aquaclear 50 on 6 gallons which is obviously overkill. One big reason I want to downsize is my tank will be mostly stems. If my tank drops even 1/2 inch, I my stems get blown around hard. The 511 seems like it has the best flow. The price is a bit high when you compare it to regular filters which won't work here.

Just wondering what everyone is running and on what tank. I would go with an Eheim 2211 or 2213 but that wouldn't be a good choice here since the filter will be at the same height of the stand. I know people run them like that but I can't imagine trying to plumb it cleanly, much less prime it. I like the "turtle filter" design since you don't need to prime it every time, just need water in the filter.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 12:09 PM
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I have just ordered one of these: http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aq...r-150-l-h.html

No idea how good it is yet though.
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I use the Finnex px-360 and for the most part I love it. With regular lily pipes though, it doesnt quite have enough flow to create the venturi I want for surface scum, but then again any more flow would overpower my 5 gallon tank and blow the aquasoil around. The other issue I have is plumbing, I keep the filter directly behind the tank to hide it and I had to get "creative" to get the plumbing looking nice and not be all over the place. It is stable now and I have no reason to switch to a new filter, although I am looking for a nano outflow w/o the lily at the end to help remove surface scum. You can see the set up by clicking on Ozy's nano HC meadow. The older thread is here https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=157645


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