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Old 11-14-2003, 01:47 PM   #1
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Emperor 400 vs Fluval 304

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My Emperor 400 recently died and my LFS sold me a Fluval 304 to replace it. I wasn't really interested in replacing my Emperor 400 since it died after only eight months of operation. My water quality was excellent with the 400. Do you think the Fluval will perform as well (Mechanical Filtration/ Chemical Filtration). I know there is a pretty big gap in the GPH.

I have a Prism protein skimmer, Rainbow lifeguard FB300, Turbo Twist UV, and three Aquaclear 302 power heads with quick filter and floss.

I put the same media in the fluvial as I had previously in the 400:

2x ChemiPure
2x Phosorb
1x Purigen

Please Advise.
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Old 11-14-2003, 01:49 PM   #2
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im not a big fan of fluvals, actually id never use one. If i were you id get another emporer or an aquaclear hob.
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Old 11-14-2003, 01:51 PM   #3
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I love my Emperor 400, 330, and 170
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Old 11-14-2003, 02:13 PM   #4
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Is there a difference in quality between Aquaclear and the 400 I had originally.
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Old 11-14-2003, 03:12 PM   #5
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i just like the aquaclears cuz i can put my heater in there too and get it out of the main tank. Also can make refugiums out of em for smaller nano tanks. I doubt there is a difference in quality.
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Old 11-14-2003, 03:46 PM   #6
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I keep hearing about everyone using a heater. I originally bought two with my new set up but I have yet to need one infact If anything I need to buy a chiller. I can keep my temp down if I keep the lid off but I have a blue spotted jaw and he is a jumper.... I have a Formosa 600 deluxe and three power heads in the tank itself. Any ideas on why my temp is always up?? Is 78 the ideal temp? Its what I have been shotting for......HELP
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I keep my tank at around 79 degrees and everyone is healthy. The rising temperature is probably from your lighting. Does your temp drop over night? There was a discussion about using computer fans to cool your surface temp:

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=12108

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Old 11-14-2003, 03:58 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I just ordered an Aquaclear 500 online for $29, my LFS wanted $140!

I will keep the Fluval for a decoration
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Old 11-14-2003, 04:03 PM   #9
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It does... I saw this as well but Im still not getting how I am supposed to get a fan to cool the water with a full cover?? I have a petentagon shape tank and the top is solid glass. I do have holes drilled in it but they are small.... I think I will just have to get creative and come up with a new top that can hold the weight of the light fixture but still breathe and also the fan to to the trick.. :P ...That should be a breeze.. haha
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If the top is "plexiglass" you can drill some more holes and mount a computer fan on top blowing air into the surface area. If it is glass, it can still be done but I'd carry it to a glass shop with fan in hand and get them to drill it for me.
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