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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-12-2005, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval tubing

Newb question: Does everyone just ditch the Fluval plastic flex tubing. Is the clear stuff from a hardware store good enough?

Trying to hook up a reactor I built following plans from here, cant get that cheap tubing to seal.

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That plastic flex stuff can be a pain. I just replace the out flow side with the clear hose and left the flex on the intake side. Make sure you use hose clamps when you replace the flex.

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Ok, thats sounds reasonable. I tried using hoseclamps on the plastic stuff and it just tore it up.
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I don't use it myself, but judging from the pictures I've seen of it, I always thought it would be better than clear vinyl or plastic because it can curve around tight areas without pinching.
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I disliked it at first but then it kinda grew on me, and it is quite workable IME.
I had a Hydor inline heater installes on mine with no problem.
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my fluval 104 isn't working very well

not to Hijack this thread, but this is some what related. I used to have a whisper 20 (w/ very clear water) in my 10G up until about a month ago when I purchased a fluval 104. since then, green water has been relentless.
I had the filter directly next to my tank on the same shelf for a while, and thought this might have been the problem since the manual instructed me that the filter should be placed below the tank for optimum results. I have now placed the filter on the shelf below the tank. Still... the water is cloudy and green! It may be that I was struck with green water at the exact time I switched filters, but I have a feeling the problem is related to the Fluval. I have bought new biostar media for it, trying to solve the problem, still... no dice. does anyone have any suggestions on why my fluval isnt working properly? (besides the fact that it is junk) any tips?
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Jack,

Fluvals do not cause GW..... It is probly a side effect of a new filter all together. There is quite a bit of bacteria that grows in a filter that helps with ammonia / nitrite converstion. When you replaced your old filter you removed much of that bacteria and left yourself in a position for an amonia spike. Give it some time for the bacteria to colonize in your new filter. I would imagine the problem is probly a bit more in depth then that. Maybe a high fish load and lower plant load?

In the meantime a uvs or a diatom will get rid of your water column bacteria bloom.

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thanks Jason! I actually ran the fluval in conjunction with my old filter for 3 weeks before I removed the old filter for exactly that reason (to grow the bacteria in the canister) hmmm I did put the filter down below only 2 days ago, and I do see a slight difference in performance so far. maybe putting the canister below the tank will do the trick. still cloudy though
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Good plan to run them in conjunction for a bit. Hope it clears up for you.

Canister filters dont pull water as well as push. I think the reasoning for putting the filter under the tank is to utilize a siphon. The canister will push water back into the tank.

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