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Old 06-12-2011, 09:11 PM   #11
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A canister would be much quieter. Ac's are the quietest HOB's I've had, but they don't compare to my Fluval and Eheim canisters.
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Canisters are quieter.
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Hmmm. So canisters are quieter and more efficient?!

Okay, different direction then. What would you recommend then? The Fluval 305/405?
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I would recommend a 405 or rena xp3. A 305 would be really pushing it IMO.
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Neither make any noise, their pump are not very power full, it will depend on how high the return has to fall, my 70 return is the same level as the water. For me is the same.
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Hmmm. Okay, so a HOB is self contained (all I need is the HOB). What else do I need with a canister? Hoses? Sump? (I'm a n00b.)
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Everything you will need will be included when you by the filter. I changed out the carbon after my tank cycled for more bio filtration.
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Fluval 405, I also like Ehiem they are very well built. Look for similar flow rate to compare, but they general cost more.
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I'm not sure where your located and what local prices are but I'd look on Amazon or Fleabay for the best prices on a 405. Comes with everything needed but I would purchase some more Biomax media and fill every tray, skip the carbon.

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So, the Fluval provides O2 to the fish? (Do I need one of those bubble blowing things?)
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