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Old 08-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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I read about the FX5 today and want one really bad. But........I have a 100 gallon planted tank and from what I read it really puts out some water. You think it could be tamed down without closing it's return valve some. Maybe three returns, spraybar, etc.
I have been using a Ocean Clear filter for over ten years. My pump may supply 300 gph. Could use a little more movement in the tank.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:02 AM   #12
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Um I'm not sure I've never tried to tame it down
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:05 AM   #13
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im not a fan of restricting the pump with the valves. its hard on the motor. your right they do move the water. a spray bar would really help calm it down. unfortunately they dont make any. do it yourself and you would have a good solution.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:12 AM   #14
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I've never had a canister. I know how they operate (somewhat) and have no idea how to clean them. I guess that's what instructions and YouTube are for lol. I've always used HOB's. I wouldn't mind another HOB to work with my AC but I don't think any are powerful enough for what I need. I'm actually nervous about getting a canister. Don't know why, prob because I've never had one(?)...
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:28 AM   #15
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Spray bar with PVC easy fix. The next best thing would be make a sump or buy one. I have a FX5 on a 75 and there easy to clean. I think i got mine for $250 from that pet place. You really juat have to shop around.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:17 AM   #16
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Big Al's has them fro $240
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