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Old 02-14-2014, 04:39 PM   #21
 
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I got a reply from them:
..... We have found that the filter cartridges for the Fluval U4 filter, item A492, work very well with the Accent. ....

It seems to be too late for you, but hopefully me and others we don't have to go the the extreme of modding a brand new system. Anyway, given the situation, I have VERY low expectations about this alternative cartridge... once I get one and test it I will report back.
Don't bother testing the new cartridge. I received the U4 cartridge from Fluval support on January 15th. After 1 month, the tank is extremely dirty. This was coming from a pristine tank prior to the new cartridge. Really unhappy at this point, not only was this system a waste of money, now I have a mess to cleanup.

THE PROBLEM - The U4 cartridge does not fit. The reason they say it works better and that the water level will not drop, is because it is too small for the slot and therefore, it lets unfiltered water through the system.

Trying to save everyone the headache I just went through. Once you receive the new media, and you line it up, you will see what I am writing about.

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Old 02-14-2014, 04:45 PM   #22
 
From Galaxy Hunter: Let me know if anyone is interested I could post some pics.... [/b]

I would like to see the pics if you are still offering... Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:20 PM   #23
 
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From Galaxy Hunter: Let me know if anyone is interested I could post some pics.... [/b]

I would like to see the pics if you are still offering... Thanks.
Yep- No problem. I will take some today and figure out how to put them on here :)
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:52 PM   #24
 
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Yep- No problem. I will take some today and figure out how to put them on here :)
I am also interested, thanks in advance!
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:38 AM   #25
 
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OK - Here you go... daughters room is crazy colors so it was hard to get good pics :) BioWheel 150 hung right in spot that big Fluval clunker sat... still have all the defective Fluval stuff and it could go back on easy enough.. only issue would be I would have to have a new flap sent to me to seal top back up. I don't know if I would ever do that anyway actually. After putting HOB filter in place, I carefully measured top piece and marked out with the blue masking tape. I then carefully cut it with a fine blade in a jig saw. The worst part is that we lost the water change feature... other than that tank is clean and clear. The bucket that came with this tank setup LEAKED any way...

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:56 AM   #26
 
Possible Solution for Fluval Accent filter problems

Hi all,

New here, but I have over 20 years experience keeping fish. I have moved several times in the past few years, so sadly I wasn't able to keep moving my tanks with me.

I have been looking for all in one solutions, and although I have read some negative reviews of the Accent, Petco here in MI had the white set on clearance for $199 so I jumped on it.

I have seen complaints about the water level dropping in the middle chamber. I have not put any fish in mine yet, but I was thinking of buying the coarse foam for the Fluval 06 series canister filters. I'm going to rip the white and black foam off of the accent filter and attach the foam to the plastic frame, possibly with zip ties. That way there will not be any filter bypass, and the coarse foam from those canisters still allows decent flow even when they get gunked up. They can also be rinsed and reused several times and are WAY cheaper than the Accent renewal kits.

I also took the venturi tube and put the end deep under water in the center chamber using the clip. It just creates too many bubble for my liking.

Once I give this a try I'll post back here, it will be a while....no fish yet, lol.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:36 AM   #27
 
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OK - Here you go... daughters room is crazy colors so it was hard to get good pics :) BioWheel 150 hung right in spot that big Fluval clunker sat... still have all the defective Fluval stuff and it could go back on easy enough.. only issue would be I would have to have a new flap sent to me to seal top back up. I don't know if I would ever do that anyway actually. After putting HOB filter in place, I carefully measured top piece and marked out with the blue masking tape. I then carefully cut it with a fine blade in a jig saw. The worst part is that we lost the water change feature... other than that tank is clean and clear. The bucket that came with this tank setup LEAKED any way...
Thanks for taking the time to post the picks. This looks really well done with the cuts you made. I do have one question as it appears that the water level is below the trim. Does it need to be that low to accommodate the new filter? Thanks again for sharing, tank looks great.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:42 PM   #28
 
Thanks a lot for the pics. I am not sure what to do yet. I have found that cleaning the cartridge using water from the faucet shower (high pressure) works well, much better than using a small brush. I know a filter should be cleaned using water from the aquarium, but that doesn't work very well.
I may end up changing the filter. I am considering the bio-wheel, but I may end up going with an external canister to avoid cutting the hood.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:23 PM   #29
 
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Thanks for taking the time to post the picks. This looks really well done with the cuts you made. I do have one question as it appears that the water level is below the trim. Does it need to be that low to accommodate the new filter? Thanks again for sharing, tank looks great.

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No, it must look like that in picture though. I keep the water level right at the bottom of the HOB filter water return deflector. That way it is very quiet, and is behind black trim piece so the water line is indeed hidden from view. Tank is finally 78 degrees and crystal clear... Other than the fact the I spent way too much money on a designer tank that wasn't designed or tested well enough, I am happy for my daughter as she put up with the only dirty smelly tank in house for a long time... And now it looks and works great. I will make sure to review this tank anywhere I can online to make buyers are aware of the flaws with this system...
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:27 PM   #30
 
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Thanks a lot for the pics. I am not sure what to do yet. I have found that cleaning the cartridge using water from the faucet shower (high pressure) works well, much better than using a small brush. I know a filter should be cleaned using water from the aquarium, but that doesn't work very well.
I may end up changing the filter. I am considering the bio-wheel, but I may end up going with an external canister to avoid cutting the hood.
Not a bad idea. At least the cut outs would be very small. Just an FYI the BioWheel 200 did not quite fit, and other than the lid didn't want to cut anything else so went with the 150. Best of luck to you, and post here what you decided to do.. Would be curious to hear about it.
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