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Old 02-25-2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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Canister filters, what do you think?

So I'm thinking of investing in a better filter. Right now I have an Emperor Bio Wheel 400. It's got a great bacteria growth on it but I still feel like I'm missing out on something.

I was thinking about a Fluval 404 or a H.O.T Magnum 350. Does anyone have any opinion on these products?

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Old 02-25-2005, 02:42 AM   #2
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IMO, Magnums seem to have stronger motors, but Fluvals have a larger capacity to hold more filter media.
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The 04 fluval series has good reviews. I have the 104 and wash out my sponge filters weekly to help prevent any nitrate build up. It has activated carbon and the ceramic rings for wet/dry action... I also use a penguin 170 biowheel hanging on the back of my 32 gallon hex... Now If I could only figure out what to figure out a protein skimming plan...(no room). I would go with the fluval since they are more versatile. I used to have the magnum 350 (which was good).
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Great, thanks for the input!

Anybody else have an opinion or an experience w/ these filters??
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:12 AM   #5
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I am an Eheim man. I have trieds them all and nothing is as quiet as an Ehiem.
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I'm a Rena Filstar man...its quiet enough that I can't justify twice the price for an Eheim.
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Now If I could only figure out what to figure out a protein skimming plan...(no room).
You wouldn't need the Penguin 170 with a skimmer. Just replace the HOB with a skimmer.
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anyone have a skimmer they want to sell?
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send Fishman a PM. I think he has a remora PRO laying around.
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