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Tom Rapids Mini Canister

If you are using this filter, can you please tell me how long the intake and spray bar is? Trying to figure out if this will work on my 10" cube. Thank you.
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I have the similar (but higher quality, from what I hear) ZooMed 501 mini canister, and I'd suggest it. the tube can easily be cut to fit (I did with mine).

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What makes the Zoomed more desirable?
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Yes, you can cut both the outlet and the inlet tubes to get it to fit your tank.


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With the Tom, there have been complaints about poor seals, low flow rates (decreasing over time), difficult maintenance, ribbed hoses, and just general quality. ZooMed, on the other hand, has proven to be more easy to deal with, more reliable, and higher quality all around. just search around on here, APC, and Aquaria Central... you'll see what I mean. Then again, it's all just hearsay, so make your own educated choice.

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I have a Tom Rapids and its been delightful. It is extremely quiet and sleek looking. The only thing I dont like about it is how stiff/high-memory the tubing is- though I'm sure you could just get different tubing to fit, but I'm too lazy.
The spray bar is about 12" (one foot), or how I measured it, about one foot long subway sandwich, hahaha. Thats how I measure things now. Its just easier to memorize how long a sandwich is now becaues thats what I eat alot of now.


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I have a Tom Rapids and its been delightful. The spray bar is about 12" (one foot), or how I measured it, about one foot long subway sandwich, hahaha. Thats how I measure things now. Its just easier to memorize how long a sandwich is now becaues thats what I eat alot of now.
So..if I take a couple bites off it, it will be perfect.
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I have the Tom Rapid too and like it. It is damn quiet. I can only hear the CO2 but not the filter. Flow is good for a small tank. Haven't seen a slowdown in flow yet after 6 weeks in use.

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Personally, I would avoid that filter like the plague. Biggest piece of junk I ever bought via fosters and smith. Thankfully, they took it back.
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i've got one on my standard 10g and the intake tube sits about an inch and a half above my substrate (1 bag of eco so probably 1.5' - 2" thick) and the spraybar is along the short end of the tank and is probably two or three inches shorter than the depth of the tank.

i think the flow is a little low and i hate the ribbed not really flexible hoses. anyone know offhand what the ID of the hoses is? I think if i just replace them with shorter normal hose of the correct ID then the flow will be increased due to a LOT less turbulence in the hoses... thoughts?
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yeah, makes sense. Like I said in my previous post, you could probs just replace the ribbed hose for any other hose that fits.


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yeah, makes sense. Like I said in my previous post, you could probs just replace the ribbed hose for any other hose that fits.
just gotta find out what the ID is...

anyone i could call with tech questions that would know the answer to that one?

attempting to call bigals right now to see if they know...
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just spoke with someone at Tom Aquariums. the tubing is ½" tubing. he said it's be a really snug fit at the canister since they made the connections on that end a little larger. he said just soak that end of the hose in HOT water prior to installation and it'll work just fine.

on second thought... half inch ID tubing seems way too big... i may have to call back.
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What about this Fluval 105? It is adjustable.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...3&pcatid=14633
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What about this Fluval 105? It is adjustable.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...3&pcatid=14633
it's also $94 versus $20 for the Tom Rapids
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