Re: Canister Filter
> From: Nathan <unself at eastky_com>
> Date: Wed, 17 Jul 1996 19:53:10 -0400
> Subject: Re: Canister Filter
> >I don't know much about Magnum (a brand not sold in the UK, or perhaps by
> >another name?) but I do use both Fluval and Eheim filters. My personal
> >preference has always been for the Fluval, but not by much, and Eheim
> >filters are perfectly useable.
> Magnums are different then most of the other canisters on the market. They
> basically use a big cyclender shaped piece of foam/sponge, and push water
> through the foam and then outward. The Center section contains a cup to
> hold the carbon. Basically you are locked into using there foam, and
> carbon. Most of the products by MarineLand (the maker of the filter) are
> like that. They make most of there money making you purchace replacement
> media, with carbon either in it, or additional. (like there Penguin/Emperor
> series as well). The Older Models of Magnums were prone to problems, but
> the newer designed ones are of alot higher quality. However still there is
> a definate quality difference between the magnums and eheims, fluvals.
> Magnums tend to have mostly plastic parts. Magnums have an advantage in
> that you can use a Additional Micron cartridge on them to do water
> polishing. (its either foam or micron for options not both at the same
> time). Recently they have introduced a "Hot" edition (hang on tank). It
> runs at 250gph. The Main Marine Biologist told me i needed additional
> bio-filtration (other then the canister alone) He was either trying to sell
> me on buying Bio-wheels, or to buy more.
> Maybe this is just the way i see things, but i really cannot see myself
> buying a magnum over the other options on the market.
> - - Nathan
I have three magnums that I use on freshwater and reef aquariums and I
disagree with your conclusions. The magnums are cheap and easily
modified to be used in virtually any manner one wants. It just takes a
little creativity. I have never had any problems with them in the 7+
years I have used them. Periodic O ring replacement is the only thing I
have had to do to them.
Huntington Beach Orchids