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Old 08-11-2011, 04:39 PM   #11
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If your filter is clogging up quickly, it must, in fact, be efficient at mechanical filtration. Having a filter that hides all the crud inside a can is no improvement. Anything in the can must be considered still in the tank.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:26 AM   #12
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Ok... I've had it with my filtering... Darn thing clogged AGAIN and leaked about a gallon of water on the floor... I'm looking into ordering the Cascade 1000 or Fluval 305... Fluval is slightly more but if it has better value I dont mind the extra few $$$...



Does anyone have experience with either of these? I would like to know what combo are you using for the filter media, ease of maintenance, any problems you have had or any other advice you can offer. I would also take note of other suggestions if there is something better.
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:10 PM   #13
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I like the cascade filters. I have one 1500 on my discus and a 1500 on my saltwater. The sw has coarse and floss on the bottom tray and live rock and ceramic rings on the other 4 baskets. The discus has coarse foam carbon and floss on the bottom 2 trays and ceramic rings on the top 3 . As long as you follow the instuctions to unhook it you won't have any drips . Good filter for the money I paid 150 a peice from petmountain .com . Just make sure to order the rings .
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:47 PM   #14
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I am partial to the Rena Filstar canisters myself. I have used them for many years and never had a problem. I am currently running 11 of them,2's,3's, and 4's. Very easy to maintenance.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:23 PM   #15
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Hi! I had two cascades 1000 and have found the, to be reliable and quite adaptable. In the three baskets I use: bottom coarse sponge and floss; middle carbon if I am using if not medium sponge and floss; top bio rings, orbs whatever I have handy and floss.

Be careful tightening the nobs attached to hoses and filter. One Filter I tightened too tight and I have to put the top on something when I clean--in tank water the baskets. The other I didn't and it is super easy to take to sink or bucket to swish....
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