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Osinga
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PostPosted: 2010.04.01(Thu)16:15    Post subject: Eheim Aquaball Internal Filter Reply with quote

Does anybody have any experience with any of these? I was thinking about one of the larger ones for a 55 long tank. Would cherry shrimp be OK with this?
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.04.01(Thu)21:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherry shrimp wouldn't get sucked in. May be on the light side for filtering a 55g. As for aesthetics, I'd say save your money and go for a different model, Aquaball internals are ugly and take up a lot of space for what they actually do.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.01(Thu)21:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a aqua ball in a 20l tank and yes they do take up some space, the flow is fully adjustable and with careful planting / choosing the right plants I was able to hide my to a fashion. Picy attached:


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PostPosted: 2010.04.01(Thu)22:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always found Fluval internals more effective then Aquaballs and they are easier to hide in a tank.
A 4+ will work in a lightly stocked 55g but I've not used the newer models.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.02(Fri)2:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.. I was leaning toward the fluval U4, but the price and it I can't find a cheaper one anywhere. There was some good deals on Eheim's aquaballs. I have an eye out on a fluval 305 on ebay. See how it goes.
Flyfisherman.. your tank looks great. and the aquaball looks fits right in with those huge java ferns. Nice.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.02(Fri)3:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some good deals on the 4+ which is the older model. You should be able to find one cheaper than the Eheim.
Don't worry about replacement media as it lasts for years and can be cut from foam ( and you can still buy stuff for it's predecessor Very Happy )
I have fluval 4s that have been in continuous use for years.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.02(Fri)5:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Osinga wrote:
Thanks.. I was leaning toward the fluval U4, but the price and it I can't find a cheaper one anywhere. There was some good deals on Eheim's aquaballs. I have an eye out on a fluval 305 on ebay. See how it goes.
Flyfisherman.. your tank looks great. and the aquaball looks fits right in with those huge java ferns. Nice.


thanks

Paul
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PostPosted: 2010.04.12(Mon)3:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got one used with a tank and have never been impressed with it. I now use it for seeding new tanks and don't really consider it a filter.....
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Osinga
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PostPosted: 2010.04.14(Wed)8:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input. Got a good deal on an older Fluval 4. Works like a charm. It really pushes a lot of water.
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