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Old 07-04-2011, 12:13 PM   #11
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I did not know that. Thanks for the info, Im new to the hobby, so I'm learning things however I can and manufacturer info can sometimes be more marketing than advice.

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:26 PM   #12
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Definitely go with the FX5.

The water goes up the outer ring of the trays and down the center. The outer ring houses the course mechanical. The fine mechanical should go in the top tray, before any biomedia, so that all debris is removed before it reaches the biomedia.

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:40 PM   #13

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Those advertised flow rates are without media, the Fluval is actually around 600gph stuffed with Biomax. I agree with the FX5's I'm currently running three, but I have no experience with Rena's. I will say your not going go get away with one of those filters on that tank, whatever one you decide on plan on purchasing two.
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I ran two 220s with only one FX5 each at the shop I was running. One housed 2-20" pacus and an 18" Achara catfish, the other was a well stocked African cichlid tank. Extra flow for such a large, 6' tank is always good, but as far as actual filtration the FX5 should have enough. You may decide to add a second later, but I wouldn't assume you have to get two.

On that size tank I would look into a small pond/sand filter. The backwash option is amazine. You may go a little over your $350 budget, but it would be more than worth it. The ease of use and capability of such a filter is ideal.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:06 PM   #15
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I agree with Hukit. I have a fX5 and a 405 in my 240. Thinking about replacing the 405 with another FX5. I do have the tank heavily stocked with big bioload fish.

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