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cambojnr
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fluval u2
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:25:26 PM »

I've moved to tropical but want to know something about this filter if anyone has one. So I was thinking about getting a fluval u2 filter to replace my marina s15 HOB filter, would this be a good idea? has anyone got a U version filter that you can say is good, as with it being rated for a 30gal and my tank only being 15 would it be a good upgrade once i've let it run alongside my other filter for a few months? any advice and thoughts on this would be helpfull. Also do you have to use the carbon cartridges? our could I just use extra filter wool as I though carbon is only useful when removing medicaton. Any advice and thoughts on this would be helpfull thanks.   
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scrivens345
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 05:31:01 PM »

I have a u4; good for filtration; but you need additional oxygenation with these filters

the carbon is for water clarification..so you can just use the foam and bio-blocks if you prefer; this is how I have mine set up
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cambojnr
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012, 05:14:45 AM »

Ok thanks, and I thought the top setting on the filter oxygenated the water as I only have my air stones on during the day as the pump is loud and only a few feet from my head. and I would just use 2 foam pads on each side instead of the carbon as I have non in the filter I have now and the water is crystal.
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scrivens345
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2012, 05:42:39 AM »

you can use a venturi to the top outlet....but I haven't found that particularly good; I use a power fan in conjunction with my fluval to break the water surface
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scrivens345
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2012, 05:43:37 AM »

you should run the filter for 24-hours a day, no exceptions
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cambojnr
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2012, 06:18:22 AM »

I always have my filter on am not that d*mb I just turn my air pump off during the night
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2012, 08:54:02 AM »

also on a scale of 1-10 1 being loudest and 10 being quiet how quiet would you say it is as my filter when i get it up right is about a 7 and just a buzzing noise and i can just handle that without thinking about throwing it out the window.
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2012, 10:09:39 AM »

If you really have to turn off your air pump, do it during the day, when plants are partly producing oxygen. During nights they're using it.
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Re: fluval u2
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2012, 10:36:00 AM »

I found that if I mounted the air pump at the right level; either significantly below or above the tank, then the buzz was reduced considerably...it took me a great deal of experimentation...also ptting the pump on an (acoustically) absorbent surface such as a rubber mat helps Grin
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