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I am looking at getting a new canister filter. Has anyone had any experience with the aquatop line of canister filters?
 

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i love em, i havent heard anything bad bout them, and for it having a uv built in, and the cost, u cant really beat it. i have a aquatop cf-500uv. im def planning on buying more of them soon
 

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I actually have the CF500 for about a month

I'm sure it would be good for a filled tank. But I have a turtle tank and the intake is eating air even though I feel like I sealed the heck out of everything. In talks with them trying to have a new intake assembly shipped out to me for free. But they said I had to fill the tank completely with water then test it and then document it before they will honor the warranty.

I'm guessing you have don't have a low water line but when it is working it is pretty quiet. This is my first filter and it's ok for quality, some minor cosmetic issues. On mine the head unit isn't flush with the body. The prime button is a "B" to push down and makes this horrible screeching noise. The intake going into the tank comes with 3 straight pieces I think but they all have a specific order you can connect them so you can't shorten the intake if you wanted to. I'm not sure if everyone else has that problem (not a problem if you have a high tank)

Can't say much about the flow as this is my first canister filter. I recently added a PVC pipe to have the output go straight down into the water. When it I had it going to the spray it seemed pretty good though a couple of holes in the bar would drip instead of spray...not sure why (this was out of the box with no media in the filter.)

Other people seem to LOVE it though. i think Amazon is out of them at the moment but I think they should be getting some in January.
 

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I have been looking at eheim filters as well but i think i will give the aquatop CF500UV a try. It seems like you just cant beat the price for what you are getting.
 

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The UV in these things doesn't have very good reviews. Again, check the SunSun thread. I'd recommend the HW-304A version (same product, different rebrand) on Evilbay. The "A" is without UV, the "B" is with. A and B are both $100 shipped.
 

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I have a 400 I think and I like it alot, the 300 series can be found for $50 shipped on ebay, thats what id get for anything up to 55 gallons
 

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I have a CF300 on my 20 long and I'd say it's more than perfect. I also have an Aquaclear 50 on there but just until I set up my quarantine tank for a future project.
 

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Replacing my AquaTop with Eheim. Do some forum searches - some people love them, some not.
 

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I have aquatops and eheims. I am replacing all my aquatops with eheims when I have enough money 3 more to go. But I might do a sump for one on my 55 gallon discus planted community tank. I have 3 eheim 2215 and 3 2213. I love them best canisters made


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I found AqAdvisor's 'real life' filter flow ratings telling. And it pretty much is my personal experience with AquaTop vs Ehem. I am certainly biased, as is obvious from my previous thread on AquaTop vs Eheim same day comparison.
 

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I had a Eheim Pro II and I hated it. When I upgraded to my 75 gallon I got rid of it and went with 2 Aquatop cf 500 w/uv. I love them. Only issue I had was a oily film on the surface of the water, which I have never had an issue with before. Problem solved with a diy surface skimmer over one of the outlet pipes.
 
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