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Old 01-06-2006, 12:41 AM   #1
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switching from 55gal to 80gal...new filter?

right now ive got a cascade 100 which pumps at 270gph that i had on the 55 but now i got an 80, so i was wondering if i should keep it the way it is or if i should get another canaster.

if i did i would prolly go with either a fluval 304 or a filstar x2

so what should i do? im not sure on the fish im having but it will be a community and it will be planted.

keep what i have or get anotherone? andif i should get another what should i get?
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I would get another IMO, but first keep running that filter on that tank so as to speed up the cycle.
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Agreed...canisters are so much better for larger tanks (not to mention neater). I love the fluval but the filstar is a tad better from what I've heard.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:43 AM   #4
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Do you mean a 1000? If you do get another canister, you could get another 1000.
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oops, yes i meant the 1000. there really isnt much of a price difference between the 1000 x2 and the 304. so what do u all think.

and sorry about the bad typing...broke my dominant wrist so im learning how to peck type with the old lefty...gosh this is slow lol
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Old 01-07-2006, 09:58 AM   #6
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It's really entirely up to you which one you choose. Do you like the Cascade?
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For larger tanks I like having a hob & a canister. Set the canister up for bio filtration, the hob for mechanical.
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have plants and eventually co2 so i dont want the surface agitation that a hob brings.

so none thinks one filter is better than the other?
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It's really up to you. Everyone has their favorite brand. Some prefer Fluvals, some prefer Filstars whereas others prefer the Eheims or Cascades. They all have their advantages.
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The XP2 and XP3 are great filters. The Fluvals from what I heard are a little tougher setting up and opening, but once you get used to it and it's set up, it's just as good. I haven't heard alot on the Cascade except from in this forum, which sounds like another excellent choice. I'd get another cannister, run it on the cycled tank for about 3 weeks, then put on the new tank. That way you'll be miles ahead, and may not see much of a cycle spike.
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