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Old 06-07-2011, 09:43 AM   #11
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Where were all these deals when I was filter shopping! Lol would the Fx5 be a good filter for my 40 gallon lol (just kidding)
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:44 AM   #12
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Your fish would be plastered to the glass. Haha
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:48 AM   #13
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Your fish would be plastered to the glass. Haha
At least he wouldnt have to look for them he would know where they where every second
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #14
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I run a 405 with a UV and an FX5 on my 180. It keeps the water pretty good and clean.I still run a 295 gph power head with polishing pads every 3 days or so for an hour or 2. But I'm real picky about my water, if I cant read out of a book through the long ends, it isn't clean enough for me.
I really don't need to run the power head at all.

I wish I could run the power head full time but Frontosa like lower currents and seem happier around a 6 to 7x water cycle.
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If the tank is heavily planted, less filtration is needed. As well, the fish load needs to be considered. Consider that turnover rates are vastly over rated, and most people on forums know so much more about filtration than the manufacturers of said filters( really?). Personally, I wouldn't choose to run a cannister at all, but probably one or two AC 110s. Planted tanks tend to create a lot of debris, and the ease of maintenance of a HOB would be my preference.
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I don't want to hijack... but is a fluval 305 a good enough filter for a 40 gallon 'high tech' tank (I also have a 400 gph power head)
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #17
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If the tank is heavily planted, less filtration is needed. As well, the fish load needs to be considered. Consider that turnover rates are vastly over rated, and most people on forums know so much more about filtration than the manufacturers of said filters( really?). Personally, I wouldn't choose to run a cannister at all, but probably one or two AC 110s. Planted tanks tend to create a lot of debris, and the ease of maintenance of a HOB would be my preference.
Hmm I would say that canister and hob are the same when it comes to maintenance.
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If the tank is heavily planted, less filtration is needed. As well, the fish load needs to be considered. Consider that turnover rates are vastly over rated, and most people on forums know so much more about filtration than the manufacturers of said filters( really?). Personally, I wouldn't choose to run a cannister at all, but probably one or two AC 110s. Planted tanks tend to create a lot of debris, and the ease of maintenance of a HOB would be my preference.
IMO canisters are less work and are cheaper in the long run. I used to spend about 10$ a month on my hob bit now I spend maybe 25 cents a month for the canister. So how about the fluval 305 on the 40 gallon?
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On a 40 that should be fine I'm runing a 205 on a 30
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