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Old 01-22-2006, 12:08 AM   #1
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two canasters on one tank...placement of outakes and intakes

ok, so I have an 80gal (15x14x30) or something like that and I am running a cascade 1000 and a fluval 304 but would like to know where to put the intakes and outtakes. should I place both intakes on one side? (parallel, or maybe one at topish and one at bottom ish, same with the outtakes)? or should I go out take, intake, out take, intake. or intake outtake outtake intake/ vice versa? should i have both outtakes pointed the same direction? or should i have one powerhead and one spraybar? both powerheads?

so confusing 8O
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In our 150 we have the outputs in the center and the inputs on the sides. The outputs are turned so they create a current, thus not leaving a dead area. I would use both powerheads. The spray bars IMO are kind of a pain. If you can, stagger the heights of the tubes. But I would definately not put the ouput next to the input.
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I have the same question for a 125 gallon tank with two Filstar XP3s (no power heads), which I will be setting up when it finally comes in (it's been on order for over three weeks). It also be a planted tank with community fish.

Fishyfanatic, which way to you have the outputs to create the current?

I was thinking of putting an output on one side, then intake, then another output near the center, then the final intake. I was thinking this would create the current. It seems as though most people are using the spray bars, some enlarging the spray bar holes; so, I'm also deciding on spray bar or no spray bar. If I used the spray bar, they would be spraying from back to front??? There are just too many options here; currently I have a 75 gallon with an undergravel and one hang-on-the-back filtration, so this is all new to me too. Do any other folks out there have other arrangements or ideas?
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At first I had them crossing each other, but instead I moved them to point angled towards the input. So basically the filter on the right would be slightly angled to the right. I just didn't think the tank was filtered evenly with the ouput and input next to each other. Too many dead areas.

I don't use the spray bars because you don't get as much water movement as with the power head piece.
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