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    Cindy, even an XP-S is going to hold much more biomedia than the AC and Aqueon combined. Put a prefilter sponge on the intake and you'll be good to go. And there really are no bad choices here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Try lubing up the motor rod that attaches to the impeller? lol, sorry I don't know the technical term for it. ;P

    Edit: Impeller Shaft! That's what it's called. ;P I have some food-grade o-lubricant that I use, but you could probably use something else. Maybe Vaseline or olive oil. Something safe for the fishes.
    Yep, that should take care of it.

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    I have an XP2 which I think is now called the XP M and since I had my measuring stick out it is a bit over 14" from bottom to the top of the hose attachments. It is rated for up to 75 gallons and is a decent filter. It may work in the space you have.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Try lubing up the motor rod that attaches to the impeller? lol, sorry I don't know the technical term for it. ;P

    Edit: Impeller Shaft! That's what it's called. ;P I have some food-grade o-lubricant that I use, but you could probably use something else. Maybe Vaseline or olive oil. Something safe for the fishes.
    Thanks Kev. Picked this up a long time ago to apply a thin coat of vaseline to the impeller shaft so I did that - do that every time I clean a filter. Olive oil sounds like a good choice too.
    I think maybe the motor might be wearing out. Not sure what the life of an AC is supposed to be but I've gotten a lot of work out of this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    I think maybe the motor might be wearing out. Not sure what the life of an AC is supposed to be but I've gotten a lot of work out of this one.
    LOL...they last forever if taken care of and a replacement motor is cheap. You just want a new canister and I don't blame you...come on, admit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    LOL...they last forever if taken care of and a replacement motor is cheap. You just want a new canister and I don't blame you...come on, admit it.
    you're such a smarty pants.

    the truth is, I'm going to go on an 18 day business trip in May. that leaves hubby to watch the tanks. I want to make sure everything is in tip top condition so he doesn't have to do but 1 water change while I'm gone. He's not the most detail oriented person so I want to simplify. the AC makes me nervous as I've always had issues with it. I always have to prime it, sometimes it won't start unless I fiddle with the motor and so on. So I was going to replace it with something anyway and have decided it just as well be a canister.
    Plus now that I have the dual canisters running on the 90 gal, it's so quiet compared to when I had just 1 canister and the HOB
    So I do have my reasons :o) And by cracky, they're good ones - yes siree bob!
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    I support any excuse to fiddle with new fish supplies. Besides, if you completely remove the ac, service it a little and clean it up nice, you have a great backup filter to store for an emergency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    I have an XP2 which I think is now called the XP M and since I had my measuring stick out it is a bit over 14" from bottom to the top of the hose attachments. It is rated for up to 75 gallons and is a decent filter. It may work in the space you have.

    Ah - that's sounding good. Do you think it will be too much current for my angel in the 30 gal? or does it have a way to adjust the current? I have the big XP rated for 175 on my 90 now. There is no spray bar, just an single water outlet and i haven't seen anything in the instructions allowing me to adjust anything but the angle of the flow. It's not an issue in the 90 but it does make me wonder about the 30 gal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Ah - that's sounding good. Do you think it will be too much current for my angel in the 30 gal? or does it have a way to adjust the current? I have the big XP rated for 175 on my 90 now. There is no spray bar, just an single water outlet and i haven't seen anything in the instructions allowing me to adjust anything but the angle of the flow. It's not an issue in the 90 but it does make me wonder about the 30 gal.
    I have an AC70 and an XP-M on my 40B with 3 angels in it. You'll be fine. =]
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    sorry about your lost lamb chop :o(
    as for keeping them in a minimum size group - my lone colombian tetra seems to be fairing well enough. I still want him out of there but I have to get in the right mental frame to catch him AND it has to coincide with a trip to the LFS which won't be any time soon :o(
    I think this was supposed to be posted in Lee's journal.
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