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Old 01-06-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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canister filter, best bang for your $?

What is the best bang for your buck on a canister filter for an overstocked 75gal mbuna tank?

I have 2 emperor 400's on it right now. Im raising fry so I want to use the 400's on my 29gal and 40b. Instead of buying new filters for them, I figured I would upgrade my show tank. I want an fx5 but its a bit out if my price range at the moment. Thanks!
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Best bang for buck? CFS Aquarium Canister filter 500 GPH External Odyssea | eBay

I haven't tried them yet but have heard nothing but good things, and at that price it's hard to go wrong. Some people have railed against them but I haven't seen anyone who actually has one complain about it.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Wow, it is hard to go wrong there. Thank you jetta! Im going to order one tonight probably. I will report back after. Am I going to need to buy anything to go with it? I am a canister noob.
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It should come with everything, but I'm not sure.
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I'd buy two and you'd be set! That would give you roughly 10-12 times your total volume turn over per hour and keep your tank super clean.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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I'd buy two and you'd be set! That would give you roughly 10-12 times your total volume turn over per hour and keep your tank super clean.
I like you're thinking! I will have to stager them between paychecks though.
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That should be fine id leave one of the HOB filters on the tank for a week or two to seed your new filter.
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With the size of the media compartments in that kind of filter you could also transfer old media into it as well.
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Check your local petsmart. They've been selling the rena XP series at ridiculously low prices lately. I have seen several people buying them for about $40.
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