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    Default Fluval 205 help.

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    Hey. i have a question about the Fluval 205 canister filter. i bought me a 50 gallon tank that came as a package with stand heater and that filter. it's rated for 40 gallon or 200 liters but according to my calculations that filter is rated for almost 55 gallons the US and atleast sweden have diffrent rating systems. 55 gallons is about 207 liters and 40 gallons is about 160 liters. but thats not the questions i have.

    i got a 29 gallon tank 100 liter that i want to use this filter on since my 50 gallon will have cichlids so the pump is abit weak and i have fluval 406 thats rated for a tank twice the size of the one i have.

    I wonder if the fluval 205 can pump good enough for the 29 gallon tank. the filter is rated for a tank twice the size here atleast but the tank rim is about 41" from the floor.
    Do i need to rise the pump up a few " or can it sit good and still give the same or better filteration then the one i use for the tank now? 350-450 liters/h

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    IMO, manufactures do have a tendency to over rate the capacity of their filters. The 406 would be a good filter for a 55 gallon tank, and the 205 would be a good option for the 29 gallon as well. If the factory hoses that came with the 205 will reach up to the tank, you should be fine. If not, raise up the filter so they will
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    Agree totally with Cliff. Canisters are made to sit in the stand under the tank so that should be fine. Make sure when you install it that the output hose is not far under the water but at the waters surface to move the water around. If too far under water, it will not oxygenate enough.

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    The hose that came with won't reach since it was just two 6" hose since it was made for the 55 gallon thats drilled for a canister filter to go without any hoses. ill be using the fluval 406 hose and cut it to length. I was just worried it would lose alot of it's flow by pumping so high, in small furniture tanks the filter is raised up a bit in the stand but this is a regular dresser the tank stands on.

    Now i just have to buy a saw to cut the intake tube down to size it's about 4" longer then the tank is high :D

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