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Toms Rapids Mini Canister Filter

I noticed several people have be inquiring about this filter but seems like nobody has tried it yet. I just purchased this filter for my new 6 gallon nano, so I want to give my 2 cents. Its a great filter very similar to the zoomed 501 but it looks alot sleeker. The bending tubes makes the whole set up looks nicer. At first it was really noisy because there is a air valve that lets air in, so I guess you can put the submerse the spray bar and stilll oxygenate the water. But I resolve this problem by stuffing alot of poly fill inside the filter and now its as quiet as a Ehiem. In a couple of hours after setting up my tank, my water is crystal clear. I would really recommend this filter. I got it for only 18 bucks and hanger included.







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awesome. where did you get it from?
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$18 is a great price. I got the ZooMed for $30 and thought it was a good price.


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I got it at Pets Warehouse
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oops, and here is the link for it
http://www.pets-warehouse.com/Vpasp/....asp?id=157333
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very good find. mite have to order one

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What is the flow rate?

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80gph, it doesn't seem to be adjustable... but you can always point the spray bar to the back... but I just stuff the canister with alot of poly fill and it seems to slow down the current.
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I'm looking to put this in my smaller tanks, and maybe using some kind of valve to adjust the flow.

What's the diameter of the tubing in the Toms? How about the Zoomed?


I was also thinking of using several of these to make a centralized filtration system for my smaller tanks. That way, I could have the heater in one spot and make it a sump. I could use the filter to draw the water from the main tank and place it in the sump, which heats the water. Then a small pump would draw the water from the sump and return it to the main tank.
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IF you go sump you don't want to have two pumps. You will never be able to keep their flow matched.

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I'd assume it comes with everything needed correct?

Wonder how well it would work on a 10g tank. This is the first I've ever heard of this canister. Let us know how it is doing later on.
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Seems like you have to order in 3-paks -- can you confirm Ying?

Keep in mind that the flow of these is very weak. It might not be enough for a densely planted, well stocked 10 gal tank.


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No you don't have to order in 3-paks. I just got one. and the flow rate is 80gph and I use it in a 6 gallon only dimension 24.5x6.375x9 But the description on the box say that it can be used for up to 20 gallon tanks. and the diamter of the tubing is 3/8 inch I believe not sure have to check tho. Yes it comes with everything you would need,even the hanger that zoomed sells separately. But I suggest you get some poly fill to get rid of the air that goes into the air valve.
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Cool find. Thanks for the info.

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Did you call and place your order? Over the Internet it won't allow you to decrease the number of filters to one. It always reverts back to three.
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