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What is the quietest type of filter?
Old 08-28-2011, 05:22 PM   #11
 
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So... speak to me like I am dumb. I really honestly have no idea how the canister filters work. It sounds like you basically drop one line in on one side of the tank and one on the other. They both hook to the pump. One draws water in and one pushes it back out, yes? How close to the bottom of the tank can the tubing go? Does this put enough oxygen into the water for the fish?
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:28 PM   #12
 
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LOL. This should help. Check out the rubber tubes that you see at the top of the canister (they connect to the top of the removable cover). One goes to the intake that goes down into your tank and one goes to the output that pushes the filtered water back into the tank. They would be on opposite sides of the tank. The output is like a spray bar suctioned to the top side of the tank that you can position so that the flow goes where you want it to. That's important when you have plants. And yes, it is plenty of oxygen for the tank. You can see the setup and filter media that comes with it here too.

Rena XP Filstar Filters for Aquariums
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:00 PM   #13
 
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Well, I have 2 more sponge filters all ready to go. Maybe when they are worn out, I will think about getting a canister. It sounds like a great deal if it is nice and quiet and works well and is good for planted tanks. What else could a clean freak ask for, right? Is the outflow strong enough that it moves around the gravel?
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #14
 
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Well, I have 2 more sponge filters all ready to go. Maybe when they are worn out, I will think about getting a canister. It sounds like a great deal if it is nice and quiet and works well and is good for planted tanks. What else could a clean freak ask for, right? Is the outflow strong enough that it moves around the gravel?
I guess it could be if you pointed it toward the gravel but, no, in general you want it pointed toward the back of the tank or toward the surface to keep the surface water moving so it doesn't get stagnant.

Plus if you had it pointed toward the gravel, it could do a number on your plants.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
 
how big is ur tank?

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Old 08-28-2011, 10:48 PM   #16
 
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+1 for the Rena XP3, i have 2 on my 75 gallon tank. . . wouldnt buy any other filter now.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:55 PM   #17
 
Here's some pictures to show how the canister looks on my oddly shaped tank (click any image to bring up the fullsize):



This is an eheim, and it doesn't use carbon, it uses little things that look like malt balls. Every 6 months you replace half the little balls and rinse the top fine and bottom coarse pads. It also self siphons, if you wiggle the handle up and down carefully.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:04 PM   #18
 
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I was using a bunch of renas, but I am trying just running sponge filters driven by air. I cut down on my electric as I eliminated two different plug in items. I have one big air pump (which could be quieter) driving 6 sponge filters.
I eliminated at least 6-7 plug ins (filters and air pumps).
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