I got home this afternoon to find my Marineland C360 waiting for me! I unpacked it to check to make sure everything was there, and it was. By the way, the C360 is huge. I had only taken the C220 out of the box at the LFS
. I have discovered THE
reasons why Marineland states "Virtuall no bypass" - each tray interlocks with the intake tube running in sections between each tray, similar to Cascade's models, however Marineland also has a rubber gasket at the top of each basket's tube to ensure the seal. That the first one I noticed.
The big one is that the bottom basket is different from all the rest! Instead of having a flow-through bottom, like the rest of the baskets, it is deeper and has a solid bottom!
I will note here that all other manufacturers - Hagen Fluval, Cascade, Rena, Eheim - have all identical baskets and force the water flow around the outside of the baskets and down to the bottom (with exception of Cascade) which allows for the possibility of bypass between the baskets, like if the bottom basket pre-filter gets clogged. This is not even possible with Marineland the way I see it.
Just for all of you out there wondering about this product. I can't wait to get it set up!