Just ordered a fluval fx5

leeishom

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Planning to have the fluval filtrate my new 125 gallon along side a aquaclear 50.
Do you guys think it'll keep my tank clean? I did the math part so realistically it should be well equipped.

Fishes: 3 discus, 3 golden gouramis and a jardini.
 
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I ordered one for my 125g, I almost thought it would be too much but then I think about it and I think it will be great.
 

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You rinse when they get gunky. I've had a fluval 305 for 6 months, and rinsed once so far.

Using carbon is a personal choice. Some people swear by it. Others choose not to use it.
 

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From what I've read, the water output is high, but how to know when to rinse the foam pads?
Do you use the fluval carbon?
I have the canister but the tank is not setup yet as I am moving up the hill as soon as the house is finished.

i don't use carbon. Like what Meenu said, it's more of a personnel choice. For media I have decided on putting Biomax in the bottom basket and the middle basket with a fine filter pad on the top of the biomax to trap fine particles, for the top I am going to use the Pre-filter to catch larger particles.

For maint. it depends on how stocked the tank is & with what, not overfeeding, keeping up on water changes, gravel vac, stuff like that. IMO I too have to learn how long it can go without having to be rinsed. With my HOB ACs I rinse them about every 2-3 weeks.
 
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