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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:28 am   New Filter

I have been using a SunSun filter for the last couple years & it just died. I'd like some advice on my next new filter. The sunsun was a little R2D2 & a real bear to clean with the 4 tiers of yuck. I'd like a filter that's easier to clean, but can handle a 75-100 gal tank. I'm no spring chicken & can't find a service that does small residential jobs. Between cleaning the tank, the filter, media, hoses & the other tank equipment & then putting it all back to together, it's pretty much a whole day job. I'm sure there's a filter that's easier for an old dog like me to handle. In the meantime, I empty & replace Jack's water every few days, because it clouds up very quickly. Any suggestions are very much appreciated.
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:53 am   Re: New Filter

Was in the same boat , no spring chicken here ! I always made my own filters when younger but now being flat out old ,well. I done a lot of homework ! For turtles its the flow rate and volume of media also type of media. There is truly only one filter for us , Fluval FX series. The four series could work for you but the FX6 is the last filter you will need. With the holidays coming around should be on sale soon. You will find the 6 is on sale more often than the 4 and sometimes cheaper than the 4. The 6 has a filtration volume of 5.28 gallons , that's massive. With a flow rate of 563gph that's rated with the media. Yes large in size but comes with a built in drain so you can empty it to be lighter. Line is short so at the hardware I got a longer one to make it out the front door. If I needed to I could go every four weeks between cleanings but I do every 3. If push came to shove could go longer , you know on those weeks we are having a hard time. The only thing you have to think about is the carbon you use , depending on the load on it some cheap carbon will only last 4-5 weeks then gets saturated needing changing. I'm old and handicap and have no problem with it. If I feel the need I could put it on a dolly or install swivel wheels on it easy. I use the FX6 on 125 gallons for water and it's great ! Some say the nozzle has to much flow . You as I can play with it play with it's placement , remove the diffuser completely to go with open pipe. Or just crank filter down a little with the supplied valve. As you know if cranking down a filter do it on the outlet side never the inlet side. This was the last video I made a few weeks ago , will give an idea of how well it cleans. https://youtu.be/Ca7w2FCMSyI

It's easy to clean all in one place , not like all the separate DIY's I had , you know like a 30 gallon bio tank a mechanical tank and then the chemical section was lots of work. This has the largest media section I could find that actually works very well with a great flow. My media is setup : the foam pads , bio rings , carbon and purgein .
http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/us/produc ... eiGXbpFxok
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:46 pm   Re: New Filter

I vote for the FX6 too. How often were you doing water changes?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:13 pm   Re: New Filter

Thevac said every few days empty and replace.

For me it's 25% every week religiously no matter if it looks clean and when I vac I don't count that as a water change as some do.
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:00 am   Re: New Filter

When the filter was working, I would change 75 pct of the water every week to 10 days. Until I get a working filter, I'm doing it every couple days. I will check out the FX6. I don't vac because I don't have any do dads in the tank; they just get slimey. More to clean. Thanks for the tips.
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:32 pm   Re: New Filter

The more water you have, the less water you have to change. Also keep some extra media around, that way you can change it out quickly and take your time cleaning the other set of pads. I would also skip cleaning the hoses... what other tank equipment do you have?
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