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05-01-2012, 04:03 PM #1
used Fluval 203
I picked up a free, used Fluval 203 that someone had donated to my LFS, and they were giving away, as-is. It came with the manual, but the manual, of course, assumes all the parts are there. :) I am not 100% sure I have everything...any suggestions on how to set this up, or what parts I should look to be sure are there that may not be obvious? For example, if I'm missing the spray bar or tubes or something I have to setup into the tank I will notice it's missing, but I'm wondering about things like seals (!), valves, impellors, etc that I may not see but may be missing?
Any ideas on testing an older filter? I am not sure it's history or how long ago it's been used. Anything I should inspect for wear, etc?
I am wondering about using this as a second filter on my tank (I already have a Rena Xp1 with filter sponges and carbon), maybe using all bioballs for media or something?
Last edited by SamandAnne; 05-01-2012 at 04:08 PM.55 gallon planted - Fish & Shrimp - Pair of Gold Rams, albino bristlenose plecos, school of neon tetras, school of praecox dwarf neon rainbowfish, australe orange killifish, yellow kimono killifish, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and a cherry shrimp colony. Plants - Dwarf baby tears, vals, guppy grass, moss, narrow-leafed java fern, amazon swords, anubias, and crypts
05-01-2012, 04:30 PM #2
I would suggest following the manual to set-it up ans see how it works. If it is anything like a fluval 405, the one thing to be careful of is the seal between the case and the top/motor. It will likely need a little vaseline to get a good seal
I would also suggest bio-media for this filter. I've always seamed to get the best results using only the filter sponges and bio-max in my filtersIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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05-01-2012, 11:28 PM #3
I test filters with two five gallon buckets.
One full of water, above the canister filter. The other for the canister filter. You can put the water bucket on a table or counter top or even a chair. You have to have some height on it to properly pressure test the filter.
Parts for most name brand filters are available on line. Shop carefully though. If for instance you needed a new impeller, shaft, and seals, the cost might come to what a new filter runs.
05-02-2012, 04:35 PM #4
Hmmm...that's a good point on the price of replacement parts. I'll have to try and set it up and try it in the buckets like you suggest, and see about the seals. I'm wondering if the seals may be (or become in the future after I have it running!) an issue since I'm not sure how long it has sat unused.55 gallon planted - Fish & Shrimp - Pair of Gold Rams, albino bristlenose plecos, school of neon tetras, school of praecox dwarf neon rainbowfish, australe orange killifish, yellow kimono killifish, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and a cherry shrimp colony. Plants - Dwarf baby tears, vals, guppy grass, moss, narrow-leafed java fern, amazon swords, anubias, and crypts