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Old 03-20-2013, 06:51 AM   #11
 
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Wait, just curious. I thought canister filters were supposed to be cleaned every week? Like rinse out the sponges, swish the media...etc. And hoses cleaned every month or so...
They may not need to be. The frequency is really tank dependent. As said by myself and others, plants can increase the frequency as little bits and pieces find their way in there and will clog up the media. Plants are always dropping old leaves and growing new.

But regardless, if you say find yourself with a cyanobacteria problem, you may need to clean it out to reduce organics in the water.

Otherwise, if your flow is still strong, no there isn't a reason to clean it out weekly. I usually get to mine every 3 to 6 weeks or so, I don't have a set schedule. I just do it when I notice the spray bar not doing as much. In a planted tank, the only need for filters is water movement, with the secondary effect of making the water look clear by removing fine particles. The plants handle all the ammonia.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:53 AM   #12
 
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Urg, Geo! That really stinks! My experience with unfiltered tanks don't go above a 29, but it sounds like you've gotten all the advice you need - good luck. And we DO need some updated tank shots of your jungle!!! Just sayin' ;)
I know, I know, I'm really bad about that
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #13
 
Hmmm....sounds to me like a subconscious plot to rough house an impeller to get a new filter. (somebody had to say it!)
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:36 AM   #14
 
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I know, I know, I'm really bad about that
Well... in your defense, it isn't an easy thing for you to do, considering that you can't get the whole tank in one shot no matter what you do, lol! I'd love to see how things are going in there, 'tis a beautiful tank. Hope all goes well until the new filter arrives :)
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:55 AM   #15
 
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Hmmm....sounds to me like a subconscious plot to rough house an impeller to get a new filter. (somebody had to say it!)
Haha, no, but almost...

The shaft of the impeller was made of plastic and not stainless steel like most I've seen, it was only a mater of time before it snapped.

New filter is up and running, went with the Rena XP3 (which was apparently bought by API recently). It's flow rate is like a jet engine compared to the old! Poor fish, going to have to find a way to tone it down a bit.

So much easier to prime this filter than it was my old one! Unfortunately it IS quite a bit louder.

I had looked at Eheim however their newest filters have frankly gotten pretty bad reviews. Maybe just a new design fluke that got fixed, but they cost twice the price and I didn't want to take the risk.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:02 AM   #16
 
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Glad to hear the tank made it through without issues, and the problem is resolved!

I noticed that with Eheim when I was looking, too. . .the newer models don't seem to be getting the same 5-star ratings. I went with the Classic :)
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:58 AM   #17
 
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New filter is up and running, went with the Rena XP3 (which was apparently bought by API recently).
This threw me recently at Petsmart as well...'wait a minite, API didn't used to make Rena Filstars?' - just as Hagen has recently rebranded Aquaclear filters as "Fluval Aquaclear". Just BIDNESS and marketing I guess.

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It's flow rate is like a jet engine compared to the old! Poor fish, going to have to find a way to tone it down a bit.
Hmm, the Rena doesn't have a flow control valve?

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I had looked at Eheim however their newest filters have frankly gotten pretty bad reviews. Maybe just a new design fluke that got fixed, but they cost twice the price and I didn't want to take the risk.
I thought I heard/read somewhere that the country of manufacture changed and they're not as good but I may just be spreading an unfounded rumor - sometimes it's tough to separate the wheat from the chaf on web info!
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #18
 
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No flow control for rena XP3 which in my view,, should not be too much flow for 125 gal.
I use Rena XP3 on eighty gallon with small tetra's,shrimp's, and they mangae just fine.
Were it my 125 gal tank,,I would consider two such filter's regardless of fishes.
Good circulation help's deliver nutrient's throughout the tank,prevent dead spot's,even heat distribution.
Two filter's provide more capacity for mechanical media as well, to help catch suspeneded particulates.
Opinion's vary.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:00 AM   #19
 
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I personally go for minimal flow, enough to keep the water looking clear.

The Rena doesn't come with a spraybar (as I understand it they did before it was branded under API). It just has a nozzle. I have it pointed towards the front, rather than down the long side of the tank. It's blowing all my tall plants down a bit. The use to reach to the surface, now they're 3-4 inches down.

I may look for a spray bar I can use, I like how they make it more gentle without changing the overall flow rate.

As 1077 said, there is no flow control (in line ball valve). All it has is the quick connect valve, which if you close releases the hoses from the filter ;)
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #20
 
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No flow control for rena XP3
Yes there is flow control for XP filters. All 4 of mine have them.
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