Oh, thank you. :-)
How is the ease of maintenance? I would clean the mechanical frequently- at least once weekly, is it pretty easy to access?
Has the temperature been accurate?
Flow as expected? Any issues with prefilter clogging quickly?
These are my main questions at the moment.
Full disclosure, I've only had it roughly a month, maybe six weeks?
The reviews and YouTube videos often talk about how easy it is to access the prefilter...That's one of the key selling points.
What may not be obvious is that the prefilter chamber is just as tall as the entire filter itself, minus perhaps an inch. Unless you have a very tall stand, you still need to pull the entire cannister out from underneath the stand in order to remove the prefilter. Still not as bad as completely moving the thing to the sink, at least.
So as far as ease of maintenance goes, it is definitely easier. And that's the point, right? Just not a magic pill...
One note, the first time I accessed the prefilter, I didn't fully close off the flow before doing so..., so probably a half gallon of water spilled out. I feel that's a mistake we all make sometime. Lesson learned none the less.
Temperature... I'll be honest, I don't actually monitor my tank water temp 😞 I would like to note though, that the little chamber for the heater seems to be proprietary to Oase. I.e, if this heater fails, I don't think I can fit some random heater in there. Let me know if this is a concern of yours and I can double check when I do maintenance tomorrow or Sunday. I think it is also a 300w heater, AND the "hole" for the heater is there whether you purchase it or not. If you don't purchase it, Oase merely provides you with a cap to prevent leaking.
Flow... You know how we always hear to have 5x the tank size in flow per hour, and also that companies always over-state their flow? The Oase I have is rated to have 350gph and I also have a Sunsun rated at 525gph. The Oase easily does double the rate of my Sunsun. I think Oase is true to their word with 350gph. But that's a complete guess.
For your last question, I haven't noticed my prefilter clog whatsoever, but...... I've also cleaned it every other week (was medium dirty? Sorry for the poor description here) and I also immediately used 30 ppi material (bought this separately... comes with 60 ppi I think). Honestly I'm half-debating putting the finer media back in because of how easy it is to clean.
Let me know if any more questions 🙂 i'm stopping now because I feel like I'm rambling lol
Edit: Btw, this thing has a handle that feels legit sturdy. No worries whatsoever about picking it up while full of water. Good quality materials.