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Old 02-19-2006, 01:51 PM   #11
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I move the sand in our tanks with the Python. I may get a few pieces of sand out of the tank, but it's not enough to notice.
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:49 PM   #12
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Back to the filter so i`ve been looking around and the Cascade 1000 for penn plax seem to be my choice but i`ve been search and do i need something to plug it it for the return of water and the input or does it come with the filter ?
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:55 PM   #13
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the hosing and input screen/ output nozzle comes with almost every filter I've seen, that one included.

Smaller 500 but it shows the stuff it should come with.
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:56 PM   #14
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Everything that you need for the Cascade comes with the filter. I would purchase a box of ceramic rings to use in one of the baskets instead of the carbon though.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:09 PM   #15
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Noted ! Thank you for the advices. I'm currently planning the cost for this beast. I`ve given myself 1000$ (Canadian) for all my setup. I already have the fishs in my 15 gal that i will transfer eventually. Here is what i`ve got so far :

Stand unit cabinet. 149.99$
55 Gallon tank; up to 300$ (size may vary if the price is good)
Carib Sea Aragamax Sand-30 Lbs. 39.99$
Cascade 1000 Canister Filter. 159.99$
Decoration Misc. Up to 100$
Hydor ETH 300 In-Line Heater-300 W. 79.99$
Ceramic Ring. 29.99$
Other Misc Stuff. 20$
FOR A BIG TOTAL OF 1000$ with taxes.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:17 PM   #16
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have you considered
http://www.jlaquatics.com/phpstore/s...ct_ID=pf-apxp3
It's 20$ cheaper and rated for 175Gal (so 100+ realistically)

They also have the XP2 rated for 75Gal for 105$

Also, for media, Seachem Matrix is 15$ for a 1 liter jug from BA.

You can also get 75Gal tanks for as low as 90$ (I paid 100$ for mine) from BA.

Also, I notice you have no lights in your list..
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That is a huge price difference in Canada versus the US! The Cascade 1000 in the US is $75. I think the XP3 would be overdoing it on gph. If you wanted to go with the Filstar line, I would go smaller.

I use the Fluval Pre-filter media as ceramic rings.
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Yeah, let's not touch on the price difference, it's already a sensitive subject (for me at least). from Hello lights, lighting with spare bulbs would have been 360USD, from Big Als, same lights with spare bulbs 1500$
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Sorry, just had no idea.
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The XP3 on my 55G does just fine. Yes, quite powerful, but works well. I use the spraybar to spread out the flow to make it easier on the fish in the 55G. I'll be moving it to my 75G once my plants come in. Then I'll just be left with my Emperor 400 on my 55G,
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