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Old 06-08-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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UPS just brought my fluval 405 today. ( only a day late haha) are there any common pitfalls when installing these I should be aware of? I've heard some people don't like carbon, any pros or cons to it?
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Good choice ... Most members w/ 305 - 405 don't do carbon at all
Except when they need to remove meds. After a while, the carbon stops chemical filtration and becomes part of biological filtration.

I still have carbon on my 404 before I joined AA, by now its biological filtration.
Some members put pre-filter in the bottom canister, bio- max in the middle and poly-fill / polishing pad in the top chamber.
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That's a great filter (I have the 305) and I'd suggest saving your carbon for when you need to remove meds. If you put poly-fil in the bottom tray, it'll catch all the gunk the sponges can't before it fouls your biomedia in the upper trays.
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When you set it up, suck on the intake hose and get it full... that will make priming so much easier. Just make sure to shut the valve off, and have a bucket to catch any water that spills
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:32 AM   #5
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Or you could take tank water fill up the tub, seal the top and you'd be 90% primed. That what I do during PWC and can cleanings. Works great for me.
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Yeah, that's fine when the hose is full of water... Not much help when it is brand new. That's the only way I do it when I clean mine.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:46 AM   #7
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That's how I started mine up the first time, only took a few primer pumps to get it going. Getting most of the air bubbles out was easier than expected too.
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I love my Fluval 405. I do not use carbon in mine either. I have no odors coming from my tank as a result.
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I have a 405 and I'd say it takes me about 40 min on average to get the POS primed after i do a water change. I hate this thing. I'm not sure what the "primer pump" does on your 405, but on mine, all it does is start building up air pressure on the supply side. When the air pressure gets high enough it blows off the check valve end cap and scares the sh** out me and the fish.
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What check valve end cap?
Are you filling it before you try to start it?
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