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Old 01-04-2007, 11:17 AM   #11
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I have a Emperor 400 and a HOT Magnum 250 on my 55 with CA Cichlids. I did not want a cannister because I have an open stand. These filters provide "over" filtration and work great.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:36 AM   #12
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XP3 is only 84 dollars with pricematch and rebate from Petsmart
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:20 PM   #13
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HOT Magnums are nice for water polishing, but I wouldn't use one full time. 2 AquaClear 70's may be the best way to go, if money is an object. For some strange reason, I don't see them listed anymore on BigAl's website.
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Old 01-04-2007, 01:35 PM   #14
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I have a HOT Magnum and am not a big fan of this filter for everyday use, I do not use carbon in my filters unless I am removing Meds. It is hard to use with just filter floss and sponges. Good water polisher, and that is all I use it for any more. IMO you would be better with an Aqua Clear 110 then the Hot Magnum. JMO
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alright thanks i called my petsmart and there xp3 was over $230 so i think ill go with the aquaclears and yes i saw that bigals doesnt have ac's on there site anymore. thanks for all the replies.
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I do not use carbon with the Hang-on Magnum. The Emperor 400 provides most of the filtration. The Magnum moves a lot of water for current and does okay with mechanical filtration. If I had an oak or covered stand, I would go with a cannister below the tank. However, I went with the Magnum hang-on instead of two hang-on power filters mainly for the increase in water flow from the Magnum. I like to have a fairly strong current and did not want to also purchase a powerhead in addition to two filters. I don't use it for polishing, no need, the water is incredible.
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