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Old 04-09-2004, 01:53 PM   #11
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I have said this a million times but I will always say it again because it is some of the best advice I ever recieved.

Canister filters with media trap waste then filter you tank with waste thus making it a nitate factory. (if you like nuisance algea this is not a problem)
2 lbs. of live rock per gallon will be worth its wieght in gold. It is the best filtration you can have at any price.
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Old 04-09-2004, 03:44 PM   #12
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Yeah I would but a public school is not willing to spend 600 bucks on some rock. In fact I can hear them starting to laugh already so that they are warmed up. I still think that I will go with a canister filter so that we can get this thing on the road. Would cleaning out the filter (media etc.) weekly or bi-weekly make a difference when that is coupled with water changes on a staggered schedule. I.e. Clean out filter on monday, and then change water on thursday.

Like I have said before if this was my tank I would go all LR and LS but unfortunately that is not an option...

Anyone else have a suggestion on this as far as the minimum level of filter that I would need (fluval 204? 304?)

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Old 04-09-2004, 04:07 PM   #13
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I think that I will go with the Fluval 204. It is rated to 40 US gal, and I really don't think that I need anything fancy.
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what about a wet/dry?
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Old 04-09-2004, 05:07 PM   #15
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Hmmm............

I haven't though too much about them because I have heard that they are even worse collectors of nitrates than the canisters. I will see. I am about to head down to petland to see what they have and what kind of deal they could offer us a a school project. If they could give us wholesale prices (somewhat doubtful) what do you guys think of the magnum 350?
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I like mag350 filters, simple design, swappable media with the micron cartridge or catrbon/floss sleeve, I use them for various tanks and my lfs has them on most of their large salt tanks (FO - FOWLR)
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I have heard that they are even worse collectors of nitrates than the canisters.
You heard right.

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Would cleaning out the filter (media etc.) weekly or bi-weekly make a difference when that is coupled with water changes on a staggered schedule. I.e. Clean out filter on monday, and then change water on thursday.
If you were to stick to this routine it could be effective.
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Allright. Well now the even harder part. Finding one that is affordable. At pet land the magnum 350 was 300CAN and the fluval 204 was 130CAN. And they wouldn't give our school a penny discount. What a bummer. Anyways I will hit ebay, and talk to some other shops.
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What's your budget?

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I dont want to spend more that 80-90 bucks CAN. I know that is very small but I have been looking on e-bay and it seems possible. The only thing is my teacher is old and hates computers and technology so I am not sure she would go for bidding over the net, though she did say I could order from a reputable internet dealer. I have also been looking locally a bit to see if there are any 'gently used' from someone tearing down their tank but to no avail yet. Any suggestions?
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