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Old 02-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #1
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fluval 306 canister filter!!

I was thinking about getting a fluval 306 for my 55 gallon FW.. are they good? what are the advantages and disadvantages. ive went through youtube and couldnt find anything useful
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:23 AM   #2
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I've used fluval 304/305's, wasn't impressed with the overall quality, particularly compared to eheims. I still have several older eheim Pro and Pro II canisters running, replaced and sold off the fluvals.
For easier maintenance I really prefer aquaclear hob's, ran 2 70's on my 55's before I upgraded to 75's. The canisters are useful if there isn't enough clearance between the tank and the wall for hob filters.
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Fluval makes quality canisters, in general you can't go wrong with one, though there are other brands out there. It comes down to how you set up the media trays. With a 305 / 306 I'd say do poly fill in the bottom tray and ceramic rings on the upper two.

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I replaced the Fluvals I had with Rena XP's. I am with toddnbecka on the Fluvals, not real impressed with them. The double shut off to unhook them was a pain, and the intake & return hoses were too stiff. Just my take on Fluvals.
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whats is polyfill ? lol
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I can't speak to other brands of canisters, but I've had my Fluval 204 running my 20H for over 10 years. It still performs flawlessly. It's hidden in the bottom of my cabinet which allows the cabinet and tank to be within two inches of the wall.

I love the way you can customize the media you put in the baskets and you aren't restricted to proprietary products.

I have an AquaClear 30 hob in my 10g and I don't like it nearly as much.
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I actually really like the xp2 & xp3 I think the xp3 would be a lot better for my 55gallon . they seem easier to clean
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but the fluval looks good too..lol
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #9
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Using a 305 here, on 36G. Don't have a long history or anything to compare with but so far I really like the build quality. And as mentioned by others the ability to customize the filter media is nice. I have their 'bio-foam' in the bottom two compartments, then their polishing pads in the middle, covered over with bio-max ceramic tubes, then more bio-max in the top. There's enough room left in the top to put in purigen or carbon sachets as needed.
The polishing pads catch an impressive amount of fine crud and are easier to rinse & re-use than loose floss or polyfill.
But I will say that I'd rather have a proper sump & skimmer than a canister. I just don't have a space for it.

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yeah what I really like is that you can customize the media you can put in on the fluval 306.
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