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Old 08-12-2003, 08:12 PM   #11
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I messed up, I meant not having to change the water, and vac at the same time. I take out the required 25% everyweek. I think it's just a neat feature that you can use it to remove gunk from the gravel bed. Although with the two loaches and the plants that may not be as much a neccessity. I mostly want the canister for the suberb mechcanical and chemical filtration. Water polishing is also a plus. Maybe I'll sell the lot of power filters off, and get the Magnum H.O.T Pro kit. that would be the best of both worlds. Thanks much for your post, it's greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2003, 10:48 PM   #12
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HOT kits are annoying to look at. if you sell your power filters PM me I'm getting ready to setup a 40g chiclid tank
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Old 08-12-2003, 11:56 PM   #13
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I don't see why they are so bad to look at. No worse then the intakes on a power filter.
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Old 08-13-2003, 11:25 AM   #14
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Did you also see in that Dr. Foster Smith catalogue that the Fluval 304 goes for a mere $86!? ($130 at my LFS). What a deal. And since only glmclell has mentioned Fluval, I think it's worth noting that a lot of people swear by them...
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:37 PM   #15
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I also have a fluval 304 and I think it's great. I have priced them at two of my LFS and it was 169 and 179. I am in shock that you can buy one for $86.
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:57 PM   #16
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I am going to be setting up a 75 gal tank with a Filstar xP3. I have a bunch of big (4") lava rocks- If I crushed them up into smaller (1/2" seems about right) pieces, would that be a good media for bio filtration?

I will also have a few foam pads and sponges that came with the filter inthere for mechanical filtration.

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Old 08-13-2003, 01:05 PM   #17
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I know SoCal--an AMAZING price on the Fluval @ Dr. Foster Smith. I'm shopping there from now on! Check out the rest of their stock--all look like good deals!
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Yes. I have seem lava rock prepackaged for just that use. I don't know if they where 1/2 inch chunks or not.
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Old 08-13-2003, 01:37 PM   #19
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Awesome! That should save me some money on filter media- Thanks for the heads up!

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if you think 86 is good for a 304? check out www.bigalsonline.com

you can get the 404 for $89

or get the Cadillac of filters, the Eheim Professional 2217 for $109

sometimes they have a sale or coupon for more $$ off.
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