Does anyone have any experience or recommendations with these filters? I'm trying to decide between:
1. Marineland Magnum 350 Pro
2. Aquatop CF500UV
3. Marineland Emperor 400
4. 5-stage Fish Cannister
Haha sorry I meant to include it but I got carried away.. 80 gallon tank, probably 2 plants (java fern and amazon sword) and approx 6 fish (cichlids and angels). Maybe a turtle, but I'm still debating if its worth having the turtle potentially ruin everything haha
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I use an Aquatop 500 UV; good price but will it last? So far, been running about six months fine. A turtle can not be put in with tropical fish. Turtles need to get out of the water and are better for shallow containers with places for them to get out of the water. Also, canister filters work best with larger tanks like the 80 gal.
I have two canisters (Cascade 1000's) that are sitting so I don't care if the Aquatop failes; one thing, the Aquatop 500 holds a lot of bio-material.
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A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is fifteen Sterba's Corys. Filters: canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber that removes phosphates and nitrates! Also, a highly dangerous commercial nitrate removal unit from hell
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I agree with the filtration aspect, I wanna overdue the filtration rather than undercut it (especially if I do decide to make it a turtle tank). As of now, it is a fish tank with live plants. I know angels are cichlids (I knew that was coming :/) but I haven't done enough research on the specific type of cichlids yet to make a decision.
As far as the filtration, would the aquatop (#2) suffice? I have heard the 2x tank size advice and that ones rated up to 175, along with #4 (150 gal). Do you have any recommendations outside of those options?
The only way I see a turtle ever working in the tank is under a few conditions:
1. The fish go in first and establish their territory
2. Plenty of hiding spots for the fish to utilize
3. More than adequate filtration
4. A basking platform or dock and basking lamp (ex: http://www.amazon.com/Decorative-Tur...ds=turtle+dock)
5. The turtle species is small and stays extremely small
So translation... probably gonna stay a fish tank :D
How expensive has the maintenance been for the Aquatop? I know you can rinse the biomaterial instead of replacing it, but have you had it long enough to see how it compares to other canisters in that aspect?
Personally, I wouldn't buy any of those filters. I bought two Eheims second hand and have absolutely no regrets about going with a reputable brand name even if they were used. Parts can be a little pricey, but I haven't had anything really wrong with them and I bought them for the same price as the Aquatop.
If I had to pick, I'd probably get the Aquatop, but theres no information on the size of the filter (inner volume). Without that, its hard to say if 525gph (realistically half of that) is plenty of filtration for your tank as both flow rate and the volume of the filtration media need to be taken into account. 1000gph of flow over an 1/10th of a gallon of media is far worse than 200gph flow over 2 gallons of media. Really depends IMO.
Do you guys think theres a big difference between a name brand like aquatop and something thats similar but a knock-off? Theoretically, isn't most of the filtering done by the bio-material so theyd be the same as long as the pump works as stated and doesnt break?
The issue isn't the operation of the filter itself... its really how accurate the information provided is as well as the support available if anything goes wrong. You can go out and find parts for bigger brands very easily and yes, they are expensive but they are cheaper than completely replacing a knock-off brand filter completely. I always like to think that you pay a premium for quality because it is in fact cheaper in the long run.