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Old 08-20-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Whats a good canister? Fluval FX5?

I need much more filtration for my 90g and was thinking the FX5? The price tag is kinda high but I want that size or slightly smaller because I'd like to upgrade to a much larger tank in a few years. Any other good canister suggestions?
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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I don't but I'm going to follow this thread. I'll be getting a 125g soon and I'll be in the same boat.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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I have a 90 gallon with a FX5 on it. I am very happy with this filter. It has lots of flow and it can hold lots of filter media. Based on my year of owning one I would say go for it!
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Currently I'm running an AquaClear 110 and I love it but I have Mbuna Cichlids and 2 pictus cats so my stocking level is about 150% and I don't think a 2nd AC will cover my bio load. I think I'll do more research on the FX5 but not wanting to pay close to $300 however was looking for something close to $200. You get what you pay for right? Any other canisters recommended?
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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I have the fx5 on my 75 gallon mixed African Cichlid tank and I love it. It's my go with a canister and it's just amazing. Mind you though I have no experience with any other canister. But it sure keeps things moving and clean.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
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6 months of using the FX5 and I think it's fantastic. Currently have it on a 56g. If you can afford one, go for it. I'll be moving mine over to a 120g in a few months which is why I bought it for my 56.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:28 AM   #7
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ive had 405's 305's and the fx5 all on various tank sizes. ive even run marineland emperor 400 pros and the aqualclear 70's.

seeing as how you are asking about canister filters ill stick to that and what i know. for each of those filters i filled with nothing but the foam that came with them and filled the rest of the filter up with the fluval bio media. ive also run each of the canisters with eheim bio media. the fluval fx5 will hold the eheim media with the only concern being the smaller of the round "beeds" may fall through the bottom tray. if you do get the fx5 it filters really well which means as much of a pain it is to clean this canister filter it is a necessity to avoid excessive nitrates. another simple "mod" is to replace the stock return nozzle with a pvc street 90 to reduce restriction. i think it was a 3/4" fitting but dont quote me. that piece just slides into the rubber fitting at the end of the hose in place of the stock nozzle.

i picked up my fx5 off ebay for 250. not cheap but if you watch all the auctions someone is always selling one for around that price.

its a great filter. moves the water well and does a great job. i read a web site that compared the fx5 to an eheim canister of similar stats. they found the eheim was biologically better filtration but didnt say by how much or it was marginal enough not to mention. the fx5 had better mechanical filtration according to them. again they didnt say by how much. thats why i paired the eheim bio media with the fluval...

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I love my fx5
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