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Old 02-12-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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One that does mechanical biological and chemical. But for saltwater you may only want a filter that does biological.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #12
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If we provide an answer do we get a % from your business?

I'm about to start my first SW, and I'm going with either an Eheim or Fluval, haven't decided yet.

From research so far, everyone is right, it depends on the specific situation. If possible, an overflow with sump is best. Otherwise large canister filters can be used, but need to be cleaned every week with the same water from the tank. Eventually this frequency can reduce to every other week, and eventually every other month is possible
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #13
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Eheim all the way. I'm using the 2217 classic and by far is better then the fluval I have. A lot more powerful.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #14
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Cool! Thanks!

I have a Marine Land 220 canister and i love it! It detached at the hose fittings without losing suction for easy canister content rinsing.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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Before I broke down my 55g I was using a fluval 305 canister on it. never had an issue with it, not even once. But it does need to be cleaned frequently to avoid nitrate build up.
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Is it just the Fluvals or all canisters in general?
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:27 PM   #17
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Any canister will contain excess nitrates, it';s just the nature of using one.

I recently got into putting sumps on my tanks and let me tell you, it is SO much better if you could go sump. I was scared to try the sump and ended up worrying about it when it's really quite simple.
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Hmmm. I read about making one. I could do it but its only a 30 gallon.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:42 PM   #19
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Sumps are way better, but depends on your situation. I also have a smaller tank, I travel, and I move about every 2-3 years. So a sump would just be too much work with all of that!

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I'm in the process of setting up my first SW in a 29gal. I think I have my whole game plan thanks to everyone here and especially you! My last remaining question is I currently have a HOB filter rated for a 30gal. Do you recommend upgrading to a more powerful canister? And would the type of media I use be the same in the HOB and canister? From your previous posts, you suggested: "biomedia, carbon or GFO, filter pads, and filter floss"
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