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Old 09-29-2003, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question about Emperor 400

I am considering the Emperor 400 filter, but have a few reservations and questions.

First of all, it is HUGE! (reservation)

I have a 40 gallon tank that is 21" deep and plan on using the extension tube. In doing this, will it slow the rate down?

I know this filter is overkill for a 40 gallon tank, but is it BAD?? It couldn't hurt, right?

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Old 09-29-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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As long as the outflow isn't knocking your fish into the glass LOL the more filtering the better. Shouldn't slow things down too measurably if you use the extension tube, as long as you don't put any bends in it. I have one on my 55g and I lurve it.
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Old 09-29-2003, 09:02 PM   #3
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I really like mine. you could get the 280. really cheap a fosters and smith like 25.00.
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I have the 280 and it's a great filter. I know some folks aren't big on Bio-Wheels, but it really works. Also the Emperor have a media compartment which is really handy. I think the 280 is good for tanks up to 45gal. If you are going to get a power filter then I would definitly reccommend either the Emperor 280 or 400.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:47 PM   #5
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The 280 is labeled as "up to 55 gal", I just bought a 400 myself for my 55 gal. it was only 37.99 at bigalsonline.com Check it out
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Old 09-30-2003, 12:40 AM   #6
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The extension tube won't slow your filter down any. The flow on the Emperors is adjustable anyway so you can set it anywhere you want it. You'll like the 400...it's a great filter and will give you years of service.
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Old 09-30-2003, 10:14 AM   #7
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It will slow it down if it has to draw water over the water line for any amount of distance. But like most people our water levels are to the top where the filter hangs over. Just thought I would add that I was thinking of setting up a half water half soil tank and use the emperor to make a waterfall type thing down some homade rock.
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What wonderful feedback and advice - THANKS!

So, once I get the Emperor 400, how long should it run on my existing tank before I can remove the existing filter (in other words - since my tank is all cycled now with bacteria and what-not - how long till the bio-wheel is active and working?)

Thanks to all!

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Old 09-30-2003, 12:15 PM   #9
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That's a ood question, hadn't thought about that yet. Since I won't get mine until Monday it hadn't occured to me about my existing setup.
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Run the Emp. 400 until the Bio-Wheel on it gets a brownish tint to it. Takes about 1-2 weeks.
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