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    This is my first canister filter, and I must say I don't like it! I don't like how hard it is to detach, take apart, clean, reattach. I also don't like that I don't get the strong water movement that I get with HOBs. Maybe I'm still just getting used to it, but it's a pain in my rear (it's a Marineland Madgmum something or other before you ask for details). I'm tempted to ditch it and buy a nice large HOB.

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    what size tank is this? the water movement on HOB filters tend to be more surface orientated, where as canisters move ALL the water if its directed correctly. i happen to love my cannister filter. they are a pain to take apart but that shouldnt be too often lol
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    I now have my canister all put back together again with some bio-media other than activated carbon (which I still managed to get all over my floor) and some googling. I think my main frustration has been poor illustrations in the manual (now, where the hell does this piece go?!??!?!). Now, hopefully, I won't have to take it apart again for a good long time!

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    It's a 120g. I've got the magnum 350 and a penguin biowheel 200 running on the tank. Stupid me though. I was so careful to put my floss in the tank for the past 5 days while awaiting a new canister (to protect the bb). So I get it all put back together, pull my floss out of the tank, put it in around the new canister, then promptly fill the whole thing with untreated tap water.

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    If by floss you mean filter floss, that might be a part of the problem. When I used to use floss, it would get clogged up with all the fine particles it would remove form the water and eventually restrict the flow. I could never use one of those filter floss pads for more than a week

    Maybe try leaving the floss out and see if that makes a difference

    I don't know much about that type of canister filter so I can offer much more help than this.
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    Marineland Magnum series are excellent mechanical filters and really good at polishing the water when using a micron filter pad. The are not so great biological filters when not connected to a bio-wheel.

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    also not to mention the 350 is under par for a tank that size. you need to look for something that can do at LEAST 500gph. the standard rule is 4x volume per hour at minimal. with a tank that big youd need 3 AC 110s to filter it and those are HEFTY filters i think HOB filters are best left to the smaller tank world such as 75 or below. where i would have canisters would be anything from 20 up.
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    I'd have bought a simpler filter that you can run on almost anything like the fluvals or eheims

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    Yea the 350 alone is not enough (up to 100gallon tank), but with the penguin 200 (up to 50gallon tank), I reckon that I have just enough filtration so long as I keep my tank a little under stocked. I'll probably upgrade the penguin at some point but I liked the idea of having two filters running (and the canisters get VERY expensive VERY quickly).

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