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Old 04-03-2013, 09:03 PM   #11
 
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I was mostly looking at new canisters, getting ready to shoot over to craigslist. I've seen quite a bit of questionable stuff happening on ebay that it makes craigslist look innocent :P

If all goes down hill, there's still the Aqua Clear rated for 110 gallons at $90-ish
Hagen Aqua Clear Power Filter 110 Gallons - Filters - Fish - PetSmart
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #12
 
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Oh I doubt this will still be up next weekend! *tear*
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #13
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Did you look at the marineland spare parts listing? I see an impeller assembly for $10, don't know if it is specifically for yours but that is you cheapest fix if that is what is grinding... And it is what it sounds like.

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I edited my post, you may have missed this mentioned option.

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #14
 
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Honestly, if the 1st one wore out that fast, I'd rather not replace it for another. Thanks tho!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #15
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Oh I doubt this will still be up next weekend! *tear*
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Oooooo. I have the marineland C220, next size down, it is a really nice easy and quiet unit.

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #16
 
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I won't buy on ebay, or at least never have, but I can find canisters for a 75 for under $60. I don't know the quality so I won't link it here as a suggestion, Jaysee might have one though, he seems to be able to find canister deals. I bought my 50 gallon unit at the LFS for $100 and realize that I paid a premium. It was a rushed purchase decision but I am satisfied with it.

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The white canisters on eBay are the sunsuns, of which I have 4. I like them very much, as does everyone I know that's gotten one. The main sellers there provide excellent customer service, in my experience.

The sunsuns are copies of the marineland filters. As I understand it, the company that manufactures used to, and may still, manufacture the marineland filters.

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:29 PM   #17
 
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The white canisters on eBay are the sunsuns, of which I have 4. I like them very much, as does everyone I know that's gotten one. The main sellers there provide excellent customer service, in my experience.

The sunsuns are copies of the marineland filters. As I understand it, the company that manufactures used to, and may still, manufacture the marineland filters.
I'm still looking towards the SunSuns actually.
I'm doing intense research on them and everyone loves them. Once in a blue you come across a random person who had some minor issues, like leaking, difficult priming, complaining about the directions(which after all the video watching I believe I have an idea on how it's supposed to go together). But I would imagine if you contacted the seller they'd be happy to exchange for another one(if defective) considering all the excellent reviews of the canister.

For me, the 3 trays are perfect, I have my seeded sponges and ceramics for 2 of the trays and I can use the bioballs that comes with it. The issue is just deciding which media will go where.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:37 PM   #18
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I'm still looking towards the SunSuns actually.
I'm doing intense research on them and everyone loves them. Once in a blue you come across a random person who had some minor issues, like leaking, difficult priming, complaining about the directions(which after all the video watching I believe I have an idea on how it's supposed to go together). But I would imagine if you contacted the seller they'd be happy to exchange for another one(if defective) considering all the excellent reviews of the canister.

For me, the 3 trays are perfect, I have my seeded sponges and ceramics for 2 of the trays and I can use the bioballs that comes with it. The issue is just deciding which media will go where.
They look identical to the marineland units and if the quality is similar, you won't be disappointed. The quick disconnect works great, it's quiet and I haven't needed to open mine up in two months, the flow is very good.

One bit of advice, when you first hook it up and run it for a while, the hoses may soften which could introduce a very slow leak around the compression fittings on the lid. Just be sure to give all fittings a check and snug after everything is up to temperature. For me, hand tight was fine.

I threw out the bio balls, waste of time those. The ceramics are going next... almost as much of a waste but they come with it. I am adding four graduated layers of foam and floss with a final "polisher" instead... next time I need to open it up anyway, might be another month.

Oh, skip the UV if it's an option, it's really just one more point of failure, it's unnecessary and mostly irrelevant.

Jeff.

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #19
 
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I thought the quick disconnect feature was really neafty and certainly would prove handy when needing to do any maintenance.

Does anyone know how powerful the spray bar is? I have some floaters that I wouldn't mind keeping on the left side of the tank ;)
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:12 PM   #20
 
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I'm still looking towards the SunSuns actually.
I'm doing intense research on them and everyone loves them. Once in a blue you come across a random person who had some minor issues, like leaking, difficult priming, complaining about the directions(which after all the video watching I believe I have an idea on how it's supposed to go together). But I would imagine if you contacted the seller they'd be happy to exchange for another one(if defective) considering all the excellent reviews of the canister.

For me, the 3 trays are perfect, I have my seeded sponges and ceramics for 2 of the trays and I can use the bioballs that comes with it. The issue is just deciding which media will go where.
There are similar complaints about top shelf products as well. I received one that leaked - seller sent me a new one and told me to keep the old one, which is nice because now I have some spare parts.

Every one of my filters are set up the same way - I have fluval ceramic prefilters in the first tray - they are supposed to catch large particles without restricting the water flow. In my experience they work very well. The next tray contains the foam mechanical media, ten the rest is filled with biomax. A lot of people here really look down on ceramic biomedias, but they are widely used and recommended on every other forum I've seen.
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