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Old 07-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #11
 
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LOL... fish addicts. Actually only spray bar and intake alterations I've done were on one of my eheims. Chopped off a bit to make different lengths to fit where I want. I've just DIYed the s!@# out of cheaper filters to make them actually keep a cycle better then they did before I screwed with them. However I'm sure plumbing section at a hardware store you could easily find the right stuff then drill holes and cap it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:29 PM   #12
 
ill figure it out
! thanks for the ideas and convincing me to try something new
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:12 AM   #13
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I used 5/8" soaker hose for my spraybar. It lets the water do a little seeping rather than just spraying so the flow is slowed down... and it's almost black so it disappears against the black background.

Two slightly modified 90's, two small hose clamps, some length of soaker hose... a little cutting some drilling (as much as you can drill soaker hose... poking holes anyway)

I think I have two now, different hole configurations to try out as I didn't like the first one and didn't want to work with wet soaker hose so I just made a second and swapped them.

I wouldn't go back to just a funny spout output unless I needed the directed flow for some reason.

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:23 AM   #14
 
thanks jdm! i think i might try that. i was kind of displeased with the spray nozzle. i havent got it up and running yet. waiting on some plants. is this bag that came in the "bio-zorb" a type of carbon?
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:40 PM   #15
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Probably, is it black and crunchy? Then yes. If you have plants you don't need it.

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Old 07-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #16
 
AHH i thought so.. i picked up 2 bags of some ceramic bio media to take its place. i didnt know what it was so i got that anyways just in case. now for the hardest part. picking plants and fish.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:50 PM   #17
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You could have just gone with more foam or floss and graduated the filter from course to fine more too. Cheaper and as effective, perhaps more so.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #18
 
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Well personally so far my opinion is... Well it's stupid that it doesn't include the all the parts. Dumb.. but hey..the do have instructions..however I found fluval and eheim instruction to be a good laugh .
as a filter...asside from having to buy everything in freakin pieces..it's looking good so far. I'll judge more thorough once I've forgiven them for not letting you know you need to get most of the media yourself and the spray bar too.. Get it together API..or give it back to Rena (How can API be a "parent" company to something that was better?)
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:16 AM   #19
 
yeah ive had it running for about 12 hrs now and seems to be doing its job. im a little disappointed that it didnt come from factory with the spray bar but thats fine i suppose. the only this ive found so far i dont like is it is a little bit louder then my fluval 306 and this morning it was making a bit of a water trickling noise which i stopped. so thus far im satisfied with it. we will see how it goes once fish is added to the tank.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:56 AM   #20
 
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Well personally so far my opinion is... Well it's stupid that it doesn't include the all the parts. Dumb.. but hey..the do have instructions..however I found fluval and eheim instruction to be a good laugh .
as a filter...asside from having to buy everything in freakin pieces..it's looking good so far. I'll judge more thorough once I've forgiven them for not letting you know you need to get most of the media yourself and the spray bar too.. Get it together API..or give it back to Rena (How can API be a "parent" company to something that was better?)
Just wanted to drop my .02 in regards to canister filters. I really like the Marineland canisters. I have 3 of them 2 C-220's and a 160. Not only do they include a full description down to every screw in the canisters on the instructions but they also all include all media needed and a DVD with instructions as well in case you can't follow the very complete written instructions.

The price is also phenomenal IMO.

I use a custom PVC spray bar on all of them along with a surface skimmer for the intake.

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