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Old 08-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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MY ac50 broke, and i need a new filter for my 40g african cichlid tank. I have an aqueon 10 filter on it, and my back up whisper 20 with my ac50 filter media in it. I was thinking of getting this canister filter. Its cheap, but ive heard good reviews on it. If u have any input on the canister filter, or a good filter that i could get( under $80), it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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I have no experience with those but for another $20 I'd get the Fluval. They're quiet, reliable, and you can get parts almost anywhere if needed. I'd get the 305 over the 306 to save some money.

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I have no experience with those but for another $20 I'd get the Fluval. They're quiet, reliable, and you can get parts almost anywhere. I'd get the 305 over the 306 to save some money.

Fluval 305 External Canister Filter - 110V, 260 gallons per hour: Amazon.com: Pet Supplies
+1 if you can do a canister you and your fish will much happier IMO. Fluval makes a solid canister is so does Rena. I have a Fuval fx5 and glad I went the canister route. I do still have my AC110 for different media as its easier to get to. I like using polishing pads etc..
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Thank you for the input, im going to order the filter tonight, and hopefully get it soon. Ill post which filter i decide on later.
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Ive been hearing really bad reviews on the fluval. Ppl r saying it will lose all power after a year. Idk which one too get
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Ive been hearing really bad reviews on the fluval. Ppl r saying it will lose all power after a year. Idk which one too get
Nonsense, I've had Fluvals running for 8-10 years. I've got some older 403's still running. I think most experienced hobbyist won't have any issues, it's the ones who don't take care things such as maintenance that have issues.
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Thanks for the quick response, that makes me feel better. What kind of maitenance do you do?
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Just normal routines such like rinsing media and sponges, keeping impeller and shaft clean of sand, and keeping the seals lubricated. With these simple steps which takes roughly 10-20 minutes will ensure your unit runs for many years to come. I've been running Fluval canisters exclusively for over 15 years.
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Thank you for the info, i greatly appreciate you telling me about this filter. I just ordered it with free shipping, so it shoud arrive between aug 17-22. Which isnt too bad.
Now i have to play the waiting game lol.
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I have one more question, my ac50's filter media is in a whisper 20 to keep the bacteria alive. My question is should i put the media in the fluval baskets when they arrive, or should i keep the media in the whisper while he fluval gets seeded. The thing is idk if i have enough room for all of these filters in my tank
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