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Old 05-10-2010, 12:15 PM   #11
 
IF you purchased "used" from your local area, you have a chance to inspect the unit. The advise I give to newbies in any hobby when purchasing used is to use the "puzzled look" when purchasing. So lets say a fellow is selling his Eheim used 2217. You go to his home and ask him to fill the canister with water and plug in the unit for only 30 seconds - remember he doesn't know you don't have a clue what to look for. After the filter has run for 30 seconds get a kind of puzzled look on your face. If the guy is trying to flog junk and has a guilty conscious about it (the average person), he will start explaining away a problem you didn't see or hear, but he thinks you have.

There's not much to a canister filter, its basically a "fat" tube with an intake and exhaust outlet for water and a motor & impeller to move the water through; so does the motor move the water, if it does the filter should be good.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:50 PM   #12
 
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that works for cars too. LOL
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:54 PM   #13
 
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Thanks, that's a great idea! XD

Well, thanks for the ideas on canisters... not sure what I'm going to do now...

I still might try these filters and a canister later on. :s I'm kinda afraid to go out and find a used one. I know it's silly. Do you guys absolutely think these filters won't work? They are somewhat inexpensive, and I'll find a use for them later on if they don't work.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:15 AM   #14
 
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Well, that last point is a good one. I know Angel079 uses those Cascade internal filters and she really likes them so they're probably a quality filter. I still just don't like them because of the space issues, though. If you did go with those, I'd probably just get the 600 model since the tank is tall and narrow you can't position the outputs so there's not really a big advantage to having two smaller filters instead of one big one.

The cheapest canister I know of for non-tiny tanks is the Marineland H.O.T. Magnum. It's 250 gph and sells for about $60 new (actually it's on sale on Drs. Foster and Smith right now for $52).
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:03 AM   #15
 
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What does H.O.T. mean?
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:12 PM   #16
 
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Hang-on-tank. It hangs off the back of your tank similar to a power filter but instead of having an intake tube with a waterfall-style output it has an intake tube and an output tube that you can position underwater like a regular canister filter.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:38 PM   #17
 
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I'm just going to get the 600 model. The canister looks somewhat big so im confused... I don't have much room behind the tank. :/
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:26 AM   #18
 
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If you're considering a full canister model filter, you have my support. If there isn't much room behind your tank, a H.O.T. filter will hang off the back, where as a canister filter will sit on the floor(or stand) underneath your tank.

If room is a severe issue, you should conised a regular canister, but a believe a H.O.T. only takes up several inches, maybe not more than a regular HOB filter.

Either one should do the trick!
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:18 AM   #19
 
I don't know if you have a Petsmart near you, but at our local one, I've notice a new type of HOB filter that is designed specifically for "room challenged" aquariums behind. These filters are narrower and longer, forget the brand name. Speaking of which I bought a used Acquaclear 30 for my 20 gallon and I paid $18 for it. I really wanted the filter to help seed my not set up yet 75 gallon tank.

I can't remember if your tank is planted but if you set up some long stemmed fast growing plants in the back, this will go a long way to a healthy tank for you. Fast growing plants are better filters than filters.
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