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post #1 of 4 Old 10-29-2010, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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What Filter??

Hey guys, I think my filter is about to crap out on me. I have tried to clean it a few times but it still sounds like its chewing up gravel. Very loud an annoying. So, that being said I am going to buy a new one, but unsure what the best one to get would be. Heres where you all come in. Heres what I have:

75 Gal
about 18 fish
lots of plants w/ wood and rock

I was looking at either Fluval 405, Marineland 350 or C-360

Any other suggestions are appreciated. I would like to stay around or under the $150ish mark if possible.

Thanks
Todd

75 Gallon Community Tank
Fluval 405 Filter
Natural Colored Gravel
2 pc Driftwood 3 Large Rocks
Lots of plants
4' 65ooK Ultra Sun Super Daylight

Fishies: 5 Black Skirt Tetra, 4 Bronze Cory, 6 Harley Rasbora, 6 Bloodfin Tetra, 8 Zebra Danio, 6 Cherry Barbs
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-29-2010, 09:34 PM
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I'm running a Cascade 1000 from Penn-Plax on my 55g. It's rated for 100g and is super quiet and efficient. I love it. If the 25 extra gallons there don't do it for you, you could go on to the Cascade 1200. I only paid $80 for mine so a little upgrade would still be in your budget.

Check out Big Al's online. Great prices.

30g SE Asian Tank
15 Lambchop Rasbora
2 Gold White Cloud Minnows
3 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

55g Amazon Tank
2 Wild Type Angels
1 Marble Angel
1 Black Angel
1 Koi Angel
2 Bolivian Rams
14 Pristella Tetra
10 Dwarf Pencilfish
2-3 Twig Catfish (to come)
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well I ended up getting a Fluval 405 off ebay for$145 shipped. I may have went a little bit big for the tank, but i guess it never hurts to overfilter. It just creates a little bit much of a current if not cut back some. I am currently running it at about half flow and that seems to be working quite well. The only thing is that I was so used to hearing the water flowing from the HOB filter and now there is nothing but silence. I keep checking on it thinking its not running, but other than that I am happy with it. Although its only been runing for a few hours.

75 Gallon Community Tank
Fluval 405 Filter
Natural Colored Gravel
2 pc Driftwood 3 Large Rocks
Lots of plants
4' 65ooK Ultra Sun Super Daylight

Fishies: 5 Black Skirt Tetra, 4 Bronze Cory, 6 Harley Rasbora, 6 Bloodfin Tetra, 8 Zebra Danio, 6 Cherry Barbs
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-21-2010, 12:54 PM
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Fluvals have a good reputation. To further reduce flow, aim it against an end wall. All of the fish you list prefer minimal water flow, the less the better; they are forest fish that naturally occur in slow-flowing streams, ponds and flooded forest. Fighting a current adds to their stress, which means less healthy.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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