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Old 07-21-2008, 12:09 AM
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Any ones feed back is personal knowledge gained. I am waiting for my 20x20x30 custom cube and want to have filtered water falls. I am having 2 holes cut for an in and out. I want the water out to be filtered into a canister and then pumped back into the tank and trickle down some falls. My question is what brand and how many GPM canister filter should I be looking at. Thank you
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You really won't need much flow rate for what you're trying to do. Mini/Nano canisters are the way to go, most of them flow in the 60-100GPH range. If you look around there's one that's about $20 and even comes with a spray bar (which at low speeds works as a trickle wall). I'd say 40GPH is going to be too much but most all of them have adjustable flow rates... EcoTerra makes some tiny filters that will work as well and are really designed for small setups like this, but they just don't seem to be as durable.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:16 PM
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I've tried a bunch of canister filters over the years. I was really excited about the zoomed 501 turtle filters, but have come to the conclusion that quality control on them is just very poor. I've not had any last more than about 1 year and about 1 in 4 comes defective right from the box. They are perfect when they are operating properly, they just don't seem to hold up too well for me though.

I've since started using a TOM mini-canister filter and it has a nice flow and the quality seems to be a little better. I haven't had to replace one yet and some of them are close to 1.5 years old now.

You might be able to find them locally. If not, I have them for sale here:

Good luck with your tank!

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Old 07-22-2008, 02:09 AM
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Tom mini canister looks like the unit I had in mind. Do u know the diameter of the in and out hose? How do you have it hooked up? Did u make modify the hose end at all. I am unsure if I want to go rain bar for I bought a sweet QUIET mister, so I think I shall make a small set of falls. Thanks for the info and any more you have for me and thanks to who ever else that gave me info.
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