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Old 07-23-2011, 06:25 PM   #631
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I'd setup the bulbs so that all are on there own switch. You wanna have whites all on one and blues on the other.
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Fluval:

If anyone has a placement picture of their Fluval hoses on the tank please post it.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:32 PM   #632
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Excellent info for us all.

So true, also jsmith, I was thinking maybe you could talk to a mod or something and maybe do a sticky in equipment and maintenance forum about pvc, plastic with all that information you have on that type of stuff so everyone can review it and research to make their decisions for their tanks?



Very very useful information.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:20 PM   #633
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My FX5 is about 2-3 inches above my gravel, it barely fits in the 125g. I wouldnt worry too much about it unless it sucks up sand which it shouldnt. I kept my intake behind some rocks in the 55g and still had good cleaning.

As far as the hoses go, I criscrossed them on both tanks as the input and output weren't where I wanted them to be.

You really can't screw it up, go with what works for you and if you wanna move it around it's not a big deal. I've moved my fluval 305 all over the place quite easily.

I also did not cut the hoses on my setups, probably should but they have no kinks or loops and they've been working well so I just left it as is. If you do cut it and need another hose they sell for about $20 for a replacement so don't be scared to do what you think will work.

Hope that helped a bit..

Can't wait to see it in operation!
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #634
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My FX5 is about 2-3 inches above my gravel, it barely fits in the 125g. I wouldnt worry too much about it unless it sucks up sand which it shouldnt. I kept my intake behind some rocks in the 55g and still had good cleaning.

As far as the hoses go, I criscrossed them on both tanks as the input and output weren't where I wanted them to be.

You really can't screw it up, go with what works for you and if you wanna move it around it's not a big deal. I've moved my fluval 305 all over the place quite easily.

I also did not cut the hoses on my setups, probably should but they have no kinks or loops and they've been working well so I just left it as is. If you do cut it and need another hose they sell for about $20 for a replacement so don't be scared to do what you think will work.

Hope that helped a bit..

Can't wait to see it in operation!
I had to cut the hose, but because I was afraid of cutting it too short, I just cut it in half. The output though I did cut again, otherwise it would have gone into a sort of "loop". How far from your water line is the first connection line (where hose meets rubber) on the intake and same with output?

Just want to get this thing hooked up going. getting ready to turn valve on.
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Here's some pictures of my 55g with the fluval. Hope it shows how high to put the nozzles. Also a shot of the back and the hoses, it's kinda messy. LOL




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Old 07-23-2011, 08:02 PM   #636
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Thanks..... I have more hose in the water than you do. The output looks like its "on the surface". It's not supposed to be "under" the water?

Can you take one more picture for me? The top of the canister where you attached the hoses to the valve. I want to see the connection. Everywhere I've seen there are no threads showing when done but when I have mine tighted, it tightens UP and threads show, so am wonder if they have the black nuts on backwards. Thanks Carey, a pic is always worth a thousand words.....more than really.
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I think this what you were questioning....


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I think this what you were questioning....


Yes, thank you, perfect, mine is the same then. woohoo. Just need 2 more inches of water and I can prime it.

Since I fixed my ro/di finally, I am making water faster lol. Is now making water the way it's supposed to be and still no leaks. So making that shouldn't take long. In the mean time I'm going to put power heads on and set up the lights.

The light is heavy. I will take pictures as soon as this is set up, but I will be taking the light back off while I move the rocks around. When done I will post another pic. Woohoo finally getting closer.

Side note: left the white bio in. Figured I would use it. I've read people start with it and then replace that section with rubble. Is that right? Or since I have some rubble should I do that now?
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I used the fluval bio max in my filters, some say rock is better, some say that there is better biomedia too, I'm comfortable with the fluval media so I stuck with it.
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Thanks, ok.........

Taking a small smoke break, while waiting to turn it all on. Gotta take the bulbs out and put them back in. I kinda forgot about the 2 switches.

I don't think I have the power heads adjusted right. The right one barely reaches the outlet. If I turn them too much they come off the rotating shaft. So I will have to toy around with that. Soon as I'm done rearranging the bulbs, I'll be taking a picture of my tank, without the rock aquascaping done, so excuse the little fishies home as it is still under construction. I should have the pics up in less than half an hour.

Stay tuned.............................
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