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Old 06-05-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Moving to the Fluval 404

After my last post, I am serious thinking of moving up to the Fluval 404, but it only has a 340 gph rate, is that going to be enough for my 75g tank. Also, by moving everything except the foam from the 304 to the 404 do you think I will be keeping enough bacteria intact.
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:43 PM   #2
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use ehime canisters they are gods to fresh water
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Old 06-05-2004, 11:26 PM   #3
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I think a 404 would be adequate for a 75, but barely so, and a very nice complement to it would be a larger HOB, like a Penguin 330 or Emperor 400. For larger tanks I like to have dual filtration, and a canister with a HOB does the job very nicely.

As far as your bacterial colony (forgive me as I don't think I have read the previous post) if it is an established tank, putting a brand spanking new filter on it should not start a cycle at all. There should be tons of bacteria in the tank itself on all of the surfaces. I have never had a problem putting a new filter with 100% new media on an established tank. It does not hurt to transfer media to the new filter, certainly, but it is not required unless the tank is a relatively new setup.
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Old 06-05-2004, 11:42 PM   #4
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or you can run the 304 and 404 at the same time. That's plenty of filtration for a 75 gallon,
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Brian, we think alike- I told gjw9 in a pm to just get another Fluval and run in together with the current one, assuming there was not another plan for the 304.
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Old 06-06-2004, 12:59 AM   #6
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Thank you all

Since I do plan on increasing my fish load I am taking the advice an running both the 304 and the 404. Again, thank you all for your replies.
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