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Old 07-12-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Odyssea CFS 700

I'm considering swapping out my AC 110 and Aqueon 55 HOB filters for one large, powerful, canister filter in my 55G African Cichlid tank.

There's an ad on Craigslist for the Odyssea CFS 700, a canister filter that supposedly has a flow rate of 700 gph (though I very highly doubt that), and a built in 9W UV sterilizer. I've been able to find some reviews of the Odyssea CFS 500 over on the plantedtank.net forums, and most of the reviews were rather positive, but as of yet, I haven't been able to find anything on the CFS 700 (and also those positive reviews were back in 2009).

Does anyone have any experience with these filters? Either the CFS 500 or the CFS 700? The asking price on both craigslist and ebay is $90, and I'd imagine I could talk the guy on craigslist down some.

Oh and I know it's probably way overkill for a 55G, but I like to overdo things when it comes to filtration.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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Hi I'm looking for the same review and doing the same thing as in swapping my two broken fluvals for one powerful canister for my 75 g mbuna tank. So did you buy the Odyssea? Can you tell me how you like it if so..thanks!
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:59 AM   #3
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Well, I upgraded to a bigger tank (a 120), and I'm running two Fluval FX5's on it. They work wonders, but they're pricey.

That said, I'm still really curious as to how well the Odyssea one works. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
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My friends bougt two of them for their cichlid tanks and are now replacing them. Apparently the seals on the top leak. It's also not the prettiest filter around LOL, I helped her set one up and it was more hassle than when i setup my fluvals. She also had to keep towels wrapped aroundit cause it leaked from the get go. She is now considering adding aquaclears to her 75g instead.

The FX5 is only $209 now!!! Used to be 234$
Amazon.com: Fluval FX5 External Canister Filter: Pet Supplies


To be honest that is a steal of a price, I paid the 234$ a few months ago.



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Patterson wow, that's quite an upgrade...congrats. Well I went ahead and ordered on ebay. The fx5 price is very good but short cash flow prompted me to take a chance. There just isn't anything with that flow rate for 90 bucks so we'll see how it does. I will replace the o-rings and lube all the seals right out of the box. Oh and I'm putting it in a wicker basket next to my tank and cutting holes in back...yeah it's ugly but then the fx5 won't fit in my stand either so it would have had the same camouflage. Maybe by the time it quits on me the fx5 will have dropped even more, ha! Anyway I'll post a follow up for all who are interested....thanks all!!
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Good luck! Sounds like you have a plan!
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I'm considering swapping out my AC 110 and Aqueon 55 HOB filters for one large, powerful, canister filter in my 55G African Cichlid tank.
What you have is more than adequate, and the AC110 is so easy to clean. Save your money.
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Yea keep us updated! Even though I probably won't be needing one for some time, I'd certainly be interested in hearing how it is.

Oh and thanks for the advice BillD, but I already upgraded tanks and filters lol.
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Sorry to revive an old thread, but did you ever end up getting the filter??
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Yeah - Inquiring minds want to know!!!
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