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Old 08-23-2014, 12:51 AM   #11
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Thanks for your reply. That's really helpful. Tyne valley aquatics are well trusted in the UK and his filter media packing video is superb.

You are right this place has some very knowledgable people. I've had my tank since may and have resisted adding anything until my research is complete. I want to avoid anything coming to harm from my impatience or poor planning. I used to be a personal trainer and people would swear by certain supplements when there was nothing different bar a high price tag. A company over here sells their own version of sun sun filters which practical fish keeping called the best external on the market. I'm going to try a tetratec ex700 and I'll let everyone know how it goes
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:09 AM   #12
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Idk you get what you pay for, my lfs told me they sell a lot of Aquatops and they even come with a UV sterilizer but I told them I thought the plastic felt cheap and brittle and when the guy was taking it out for me to show it to me the handle snapped off and hes was like well you don't want one now get the Fluval lol, cuz he new I was worried out it lol.

What size tank do you have? A Fluval 406 and a HOB should be fine unless you have 180g or larger, then I probably would just drop the $340-$400 on an FX6.
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The tank size will dictate your filter.

The choice is what you make of it. You can save money buying used, but if it breaks, what have you saved?

For the 300-400 you can get 2 Eheim 2217's and a Sunsun 404. HOB's are great especially with a biowheel.

It is very subjective. Scary is a big fan of Fluval filters. They are widely used and a good filter. A lot of people like them and the company is big for a reason, they are one of the largest filter manufacturers, because they are good. Eheim is also good. Sunsun is also good.

high flow rated filter with reduced flow due to media does a great job, especially with polishing floss on the top of the filter. You need to have lower flow to allow more bacterial growth.

Depending on the tank size, two is better than one. I have never heard of water being too clean for fish !

What ever you get, it will work fine.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:28 AM   #14
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Thanks guys. The UK version of sun sun is sold by all pond solutions. Lots of people seem drawn to them because of the price. Sadly for me a sump isn't an option :-(
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Lol. I've looked at those and they look great however my kids want to go to Disney land that kind of money will not help! I'm keen to try a different brand and review it so others may save a few pennies (or dimes!)

I saw an FX5 for £50 on Gumtree..
You really can't get a better canister than a Fluval (or Eheim &#128548
I'd go for it if I was you. You'd be amazed at how well it performs.


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However, I know that people use Aquaclear canisters as a cheaper alternative to the big boys.
You could pick up two of them.


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My brother in law has an aqua clear canister and he loves it. To be honest, it's not really about the cost alone. It's more being too curious for my own good!
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Also measured my cabinet and I have 24cm in each of the three cupboards so size is now a factor 😞
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Also measured my cabinet and I have 24cm in each of the three cupboards so size is now a factor 😞

24cm?!

You're not going to fit much in the way of a big canister with that little space.
You may want to consider a HoB.


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I know right, why make a cabinet like that?! That's what drew me to tetra and aquaone canisters as they are square
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