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Cap here again with fluval/magnum Info.
Posted By: Cap <Moody9898@hotmail.com> In Response To: Update/Re: New Fish Tank Considerations/Questions (Wight)
Date: Sunday, 15 August 1999, at 12:14 p.m.
In Response To: Update/Re: New Fish Tank Considerations/Questions (Wight)
Let me try to explain why I like the Fluval 403 and the magnum 350.
pros-It holds A lot of Active carbon and it has room to place other filter media like ammozorb and nitrizorb. It also has room for bioballs if you decide to use those. They say you can never have more than enough filtration so using this filter would be more than enough for your tank. Your tank is a 48" so that it will cause somewhat of a circulating current. This is a very sturdy filter and Pretty hard to break.
Cons-Hard to get this thing started, You have to prime the filter before starting. Its somewhat tinted so you cant really tell when its really dirty and needs a cleaning.
Pros-It Needs no priming of any sort, you just fill and turn it on. Maintinence is as simple as emptying out old carbon and replacing it with new. Floss filtration is present and is also easy to change but a bit messy. The cylinder that holds all the filter media and water comes off the stand so you can take it to a bette place to clean it. The cylinder is also see thru, easier to tell when cleaning is needed.
cons-Holds about only 2 handfuls of carbon. If any debris is found on the O-ring it will leak and spray water everywhere, same goes for fluval. Not as strong as the fluval. Check valve can sometimes be hard to turn.
Well I would go into more depth on these filters but Its been a while since I've come in contact with them. I've forgotten some of the other quirks of these two canister filters. But both are expensive over 100 dollars each. The cost alone of the filter media will be a bit high too. Well Hope you have fun reading it.
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