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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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H.O.T Magnum 250

I just picked up one of these and its my first attempt with a canister filter. Any one have anything good or bad to say about this?

My only concern is I never used a carbon based filter and dont know what to expect and the other thing is that the output tube seems short and barely goes below the surface.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 03:38 AM
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hello this is one of the 3 filters running on my 55 gal dirted tank if you have a planted tank i suggest you use only the white little filter cylinder that it comes with it clears up the water very fast.
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I use these on all of my 29g tanks. They are excellent filters. I use carbon in the basket with the sponge and only replace the carbon once a year(used as a bio filter). I also shoot Co2 through them at a pretty good rate without any problems. The output is somewhat short but as long as you are keeping your tank topped up weekly they run fine. Its actually a benefit as it breaks surface tension and helps prevent protein buildup. I am looking to set up another rack of 29g tanks and will definitely use these filters again. Especially for the price. The only problems that ive had is with the O rings leaking some air because I didnt seat them properly. After I lubed them up with Vaseline they have run fine ever since. If you need some proof, take a look through my journal linked to the bottom of this comment.

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