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Calmwaters 07-26-2011 10:48 PM

Marineland H.O.T Magnum 250...
 
Has anyone tried this filter? If so did you like it and why and if you did not also tell me why. I am looking for a not too expensive canister filter and this seems to be the cheapest one from a well known manufacture.

1077 07-26-2011 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Calmwaters (Post 752565)
Has anyone tried this filter? If so did you like it and why and if you did not also tell me why. I am looking for a not too expensive canister filter and this seems to be the cheapest one from a well known manufacture.

I have one of these filter's and they work well for tanks up to around 40 gallons in my opinion.
I fill the media basket with biological media (noodles) rather than the carbon that is suggested or if I wish to clean the water in a tank, I will use the carbon.
Only thing I don't care for are the numerous part's (seals,gasket's) that must be placed in the right posistion for the filter to run right. this sometimes get's frustrating after dis-assembling the filter to clean the impeller.
My sister uses one on 46 or 50 gallon goldfish tank and only cleans the filter or changes out carbon, perhaps once a year:roll:.
I personally like the Eheim 2217 for tanks up to 80 gallons and moderate fish loads.

Calmwaters 07-27-2011 12:16 AM

Thanks 1077. It would be for my 55 gallon thats got lots of real plants and a fair amount of fish. I am going to try the sponge filters that Byron suggested but am trying to plan ahead incase I don't like the sponges for some reason. What I am concerned with as far as the sponges is if there will be water movement in the tank.

Byron 07-27-2011 01:48 PM

I have a MAgnum HOT as my spare backup. I bought it for a 33g but the force buffeted the fish around like crazy, so I got the Eheim sponge. Much better.

Calmwaters 07-27-2011 07:49 PM

Ok thanks for your help My sponge filters should be here with in the next few days and I am looking forward to trying them out.


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