Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by Phishphin, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, so I know we always advise overfiltration... but... I may be able to aquire (for free) a Fluval FX5. I'm really just looking for a canister filter for my 50 gallon. The Fluval FX5 is rated for up to a 400 gallon tank with a gph of 925. Could this cause any unforseen problems?
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    The only problem I can see would be the strength of the flow, if it can be adjusted so it's not too strong for your fish then go for it, you can never have too much filtration
  3. OP

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    I think that was my main concern. I'm not even sure if I could adjust it enough. I know my stock won't enjoy a strong current so I'm a little worried about this... I could always hold on to it or sell it, I suppose.

  4. Rivieraneo

    RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    You can also build a long custom spray bar out of schedule 80 PVC to better disperse the flow. The spray bar can be the length of the tank.
  5. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    I agree with Rivieraneo, a longer spray bar will help. Also, pack a lot of media into the canister. Cram some xtra sponges/filter floss and this should also slow the water flow down a bit.
  6. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I run Eheim 2217's on 29 gallon tanks. I have drilled out the spray bar hole to make them bigger, and added some extra holes to help slow down the the water flow back into the tank. Bigger is always better in my opinion. FX5's do not have spray bars. But you should be able to point the output nozzles toward the top to disperse the water enough to not make a whirlpool in your tank. Or as someone else suggested, make your own spray with PVC pipe.
  7. OP

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Nice! Awesome tips!
  8. OP

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    So they decided to sell (wiser decision than giving to me). Sad...

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  9. bescher

    bescherValued MemberMember

    The Fluval 06 series the flow rates are adjustable. I have a 306 on a fifty gal
    See my post on the topic Fluval FX 6 versus eheim
    I think you would find it interesting along with the other posts

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