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*Correction: the filter purges once every 12 hours, not once every hour as mentioned. Thomas had a long day of shooting videos, and was a bit delirious.

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    Big Al's 2 years ago

    First!

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    quepiid 2 years ago

    I wish. But money. I'll stick with sunsun.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I have seen them floating around for a while now; do they have CUL or equivalent safety ratings?

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      quepiid 2 years ago

      Thomas B I don't know much but I believe it's made by aquatop. Maybe someone who knows a little more can comment here for us.

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      Racing's Natural Aquariums 2 years ago

      Sun Sun and Aquatop share the same factory. From some of the research I've done, Sun Sun is a step down from the aquatop. Other info I've seen and read they are almost identical but some will say the Sun Sun feels a bit cheaper than the Aquatop. I'm leaning towards the Aquatop Cf500uv myself.

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    Tjita1 2 years ago

    I run mine on a 90 gallon tank. No problem at all. It doesn't flow anywhere near 700 gph after losses. Which Fluval, as the only company I've seen so far, actually declares in their specs. Also, the pumps doesn't stop once an hour, they stop once every 12 hours. My main annoyment with it is that it is a bit loud. Also, I recommend rearranging the media a bit. Having a mechanical media last in the tank tends to concentrate dirt in the biological media, so I run, from top to bottom (which is the direction of flow, as opposed to most other filters): the medium foam that originally sits in the bottom, fine filter floss (both in the top basket) and then biological media in the remaining three baskets. I've also added a lot more biomedia compared to what was in it when I got it.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Ha, you are absolutely right. Every 12 hours for 1 minute! Not every hour… for 12 minutes… or whatever I was thinking. Sometimes my mouth moves faster than my brain.
      Great catch on that one!

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      Tjita1 2 years ago

      Hm, kinda feel like I came off like a bit of a know-it-all there. Sorry about that. Anyhow, I've had mine running for two weeks now, and the sort of most important point I wanted to make was that I run mine with taps full open on a 90 (ish, 300 litres) gallon tank, and the mostly livebearers I have in it don't seem to mind. More flow sensitive fish might not like it though, but you can turn the knobs down a little if you want, there is actually even a scale on them.

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    Nerd voice tells STORIES 2 years ago

    My fish is a betta and he eats flakes not pellets. Is that a problem?

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    Berry Rich 2 years ago

    haha 18 minutes ago this video was uploaded

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    Joey _ 2 years ago

    I started dying when Thomas said "stop arrêt" ????????

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    Big Al's 2 years ago

    First!

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    quepiid 2 years ago

    I wish. But money. I'll stick with sunsun.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I have seen them floating around for a while now; do they have CUL or equivalent safety ratings?

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      quepiid 2 years ago

      Thomas B I don't know much but I believe it's made by aquatop. Maybe someone who knows a little more can comment here for us.

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      Racing's Natural Aquariums 2 years ago

      Sun Sun and Aquatop share the same factory. From some of the research I've done, Sun Sun is a step down from the aquatop. Other info I've seen and read they are almost identical but some will say the Sun Sun feels a bit cheaper than the Aquatop. I'm leaning towards the Aquatop Cf500uv myself.

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    Tjita1 2 years ago

    I run mine on a 90 gallon tank. No problem at all. It doesn't flow anywhere near 700 gph after losses. Which Fluval, as the only company I've seen so far, actually declares in their specs. Also, the pumps doesn't stop once an hour, they stop once every 12 hours. My main annoyment with it is that it is a bit loud. Also, I recommend rearranging the media a bit. Having a mechanical media last in the tank tends to concentrate dirt in the biological media, so I run, from top to bottom (which is the direction of flow, as opposed to most other filters): the medium foam that originally sits in the bottom, fine filter floss (both in the top basket) and then biological media in the remaining three baskets. I've also added a lot more biomedia compared to what was in it when I got it.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Ha, you are absolutely right. Every 12 hours for 1 minute! Not every hour… for 12 minutes… or whatever I was thinking. Sometimes my mouth moves faster than my brain.
      Great catch on that one!

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      Tjita1 2 years ago

      Hm, kinda feel like I came off like a bit of a know-it-all there. Sorry about that. Anyhow, I've had mine running for two weeks now, and the sort of most important point I wanted to make was that I run mine with taps full open on a 90 (ish, 300 litres) gallon tank, and the mostly livebearers I have in it don't seem to mind. More flow sensitive fish might not like it though, but you can turn the knobs down a little if you want, there is actually even a scale on them.

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    Nerd voice tells STORIES 2 years ago

    My fish is a betta and he eats flakes not pellets. Is that a problem?

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    Berry Rich 2 years ago

    haha 18 minutes ago this video was uploaded

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    I started dying when Thomas said "stop arrêt" ??

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    nuevo888 2 years ago

    i like the channel ???? respects from Venezuela

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    nuevo888 2 years ago

    i like the channel ? respects from Venezuela

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    Jason Guan 2 years ago

    I have a question. Where is the chemical filtration? Is it in the filter pad? Also if the carbon is in the filter pad, would it successfully keep a 80 gallon flowerhorn tank crystal clear? I will also have to replace the carbon pad right? Once a month? ( if there is a carbon pad. They are $300 at my local fish store but how much do they cost in your store? Oh wait another question! Will the filter stop every 12 hours? If so, I would need another filter when the Fluval stops to purge air out.

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    Jason Guan 2 years ago

    I have a question. Where is the chemical filtration? Is it in the filter pad? Also if the carbon is in the filter pad, would it successfully keep a 80 gallon flowerhorn tank crystal clear? I will also have to replace the carbon pad right? Once a month? ( if there is a carbon pad. They are $300 at my local fish store but how much do they cost in your store? Oh wait another question! Will the filter stop every 12 hours? If so, I would need another filter when the Fluval stops to purge air out.

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    Vincent Le 2 years ago

    where can I get that gold fish tee shirt looks nice!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I believe my awesome wife got it for me from Threadless!

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    Vincent Le 2 years ago

    where can I get that gold fish tee shirt looks nice!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I believe my awesome wife got it for me from Threadless!

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    AQUA NUT 2 years ago

    i would really like to try one of those out but i'm just not digging the price point. it does look like a nice unit. You are the first person to mention the hosing.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I hear you; it is a pricey hobby and it is good to save where you can. I am pretty sure you have a SunSun, don't you? If you do, can you check if it has a CUL or equivalent safety rating for Canada/USA? I am curious to know if it is a potential hazard for insurance claims.

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      AQUA NUT 2 years ago

      One of my many canisters but that is a good question Thomas. Never thought of that one as they are so widely used here in Canada. I will look into that one and let you know

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    AQUA NUT 2 years ago

    i would really like to try one of those out but i'm just not digging the price point. it does look like a nice unit. You are the first person to mention the hosing.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I hear you; it is a pricey hobby and it is good to save where you can. I am pretty sure you have a SunSun, don't you? If you do, can you check if it has a CUL or equivalent safety rating for Canada/USA? I am curious to know if it is a potential hazard for insurance claims.

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      AQUA NUT 2 years ago

      One of my many canisters but that is a good question Thomas. Never thought of that one as they are so widely used here in Canada. I will look into that one and let you know

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    Kosin Trouble in the Tank 2 years ago

    Went to take a look at these.. And the Calgary store is closed? What happened? You guys leave Calgary?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Our Calgary store did close its doors, however Edmonton is still going strong!
      We can also accommodate you online at http://www.bigalspets.com/ca which also includes transferring your points from the store to an online account so that you can still use them! 🙂

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      Kosin Trouble in the Tank 2 years ago

      hmm that's too bad. Was hoping it was just for renovations or something.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      From my understanding, originally that was the plan. For whatever reason the decision was made to close down instead. Not to say we won't at some point reopen at another location in Calgary.

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      superrcflier 1 year ago

      I hope they're going to reopen again, use to stop by whenever I go to PM hobby, was great selection of aquatics, now not so much options for Calgarians ????

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    Kosin Trouble In The Tank 2 years ago

    Went to take a look at these.. And the Calgary store is closed? What happened? You guys leave Calgary?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Our Calgary store did close its doors, however Edmonton is still going strong!
      We can also accommodate you online at http://www.bigalspets.com/ca which also includes transferring your points from the store to an online account so that you can still use them! 🙂

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      Kosin Trouble In The Tank 2 years ago

      hmm that's too bad. Was hoping it was just for renovations or something.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      From my understanding, originally that was the plan. For whatever reason the decision was made to close down instead. Not to say we won't at some point reopen at another location in Calgary.

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      superrcflier 1 year ago

      I hope they're going to reopen again, use to stop by whenever I go to PM hobby, was great selection of aquatics, now not so much options for Calgarians ?

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    Golden State Warriors Fan 2 years ago

    All my fish were fine a week ago but yesterday morning i woke up 2 of my rams were dead one has fungus on his right eye my other fish has fungus on them as well am in panic mode what should I do should I start over ??

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      First off, always test your water and do a water change of 25%-30% when you run into an emergency situation!
      Fungus is usually brought about from poor water quality; a quick test using a test strip can let you know what parameter is out of whack (usually nitrate, or ammonia) so you can act quickly to rectify it. Also double check the tank temp! Temp swings can cause illnesses to flare up.

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    Golden State Warriors Fan 2 years ago

    All my fish were fine a week ago but yesterday morning i woke up 2 of my rams were dead one has fungus on his right eye my other fish has fungus on them as well am in panic mode what should I do should I start over ??

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      First off, always test your water and do a water change of 25%-30% when you run into an emergency situation!
      Fungus is usually brought about from poor water quality; a quick test using a test strip can let you know what parameter is out of whack (usually nitrate, or ammonia) so you can act quickly to rectify it. Also double check the tank temp! Temp swings can cause illnesses to flare up.

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    Can I use this one on my 48 Gallon Goldfish Tank? I have 4 Goldfish in it currently.

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    Can I use this one on my 48 Gallon Goldfish Tank? I have 4 Goldfish in it currently.

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    Richard Huff 2 years ago

    What is the diameter of the FX4 canister?

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    Richard Huff 2 years ago

    What is the diameter of the FX4 canister?

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    smalltownboy66 2 years ago

    totally agree. Fluval change your ribbed tubing.

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    smalltownboy66 2 years ago

    totally agree. Fluval change your ribbed tubing.

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    Dave OG Miles 2 years ago

    I think it would of been great if fluval put wheels on the canisters so it can be moves easily

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    Dave OG Miles 2 years ago

    I think it would of been great if fluval put wheels on the canisters so it can be moves easily

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    Wes P 2 years ago

    So, I was thinking about either the FX4 or the FX6 for my 135 gallon aquarium but Idk which would be better. I know the FX4 should be good for it but I really like to have more then what I need. It is an African Cichlid tank.

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      Berts Berts 2 years ago

      Wes P obv go for fx6

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      Lovebetta 1 year ago

      Wes P maybe you should get the FX6. I have FLUVAL FX4 in my 75g goldfish tank and Aqueon QuietFlow 75. And it's just right. And I think my 75g can handle the FX6 too.

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      oskarelmee 1 year ago

      FX6 for sure. Good flow for african chichlids

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    Wes P 2 years ago

    So, I was thinking about either the FX4 or the FX6 for my 135 gallon aquarium but Idk which would be better. I know the FX4 should be good for it but I really like to have more then what I need. It is an African Cichlid tank.

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      Berts Berts 2 years ago

      Wes P obv go for fx6

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      Lovebetta 1 year ago

      Wes P maybe you should get the FX6. I have FLUVAL FX4 in my 75g goldfish tank and Aqueon QuietFlow 75. And it's just right. And I think my 75g can handle the FX6 too.

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      oskarelmee 1 year ago

      FX6 for sure. Good flow for african chichlids

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    python man 2 years ago

    Damn dude. Eat a hamburger and do some pushups.

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    python man 2 years ago

    Damn dude. Eat a hamburger and do some pushups.

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    Izral Zawaki 1 year ago

    Can i use the FX4 for 3ft aquarium?

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    UniRunner 1 year ago

    Can i use the FX4 for 3ft aquarium?

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    Noel Kavanagh 1 year ago

    What ever happened to the fluval G3 and G6 ?

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    Noel Kavanagh 1 year ago

    What ever happened to the fluval G3 and G6 ?

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    george gillespie 1 year ago

    what is the moveable outlet
    macro ?

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    george gillespie 1 year ago

    what is the moveable outlet
    macro ?

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    Charles Golding 11 months ago

    |p’

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    Charles Golding 11 months ago

    |p’

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    Duncan Henderson 10 months ago

    Had this pump for 6 months now and love it. Makes life so much easier to fill and drain for water changes. just connect hose to new water barrel and open the valves. Flow is ace. On setup I hated the tube/hose. What a pain. I made a spray bar and had to mess with plumbing parts to connect it. Never had problems with Eheim hose. Fluvel, SORT YOUR HOSE OUT

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    Dan Kommer 9 months ago

    would this he too big for a 50 gallon tank

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      Gratian Croos 9 months ago

      by far

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      Matthew Doebereiner 8 months ago

      Yeah, it would probably be too much flow. I have one on a 90g and have the outputs turned down a bit because it is even too much for my tank. It mostly depends on what type of fish but wide open it would turn a 50 into a cyclone. Even with adjustable input/output valves it would probably be bad for the pump to restrict it a lot.

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      Dan Kommer 8 months ago

      Matthew Doebereiner thanks ended up getting fluval 406 really like it

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    Shahriar Farkhan 8 months ago

    Thanks for the review, what size are the hoses if we wanna buy the other kind?

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    Jimmy Haegele 7 months ago

    Hey Travis, can the dual output from the FX4 work on a 406? I hate the ribbed hose and so its getting changed out but I was going to do a bar but I really like and think the dual changeable direction output will work very well for my setup….help good sir!?

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    OriginalMindTrick 6 months ago

    Why do you have an empty tank with plastic plants?

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    Elias Roxsed 6 months ago

    6:00 ????????????????????????

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    rumporridge1 6 months ago

    How do I use the ribbed hosing to connect my AquaStep UV filter? Do I have to order the white connector??? Any help appreciated.

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    SteelFyire 6 months ago

    I'm thinking of using this in conjunction with a sump based filter in a 150 gallon tank. Obviously it's not ideal for such a large aquarium on its own, but if the main filter has a problem, will it be good enough on its own to keep the tank from crashing for a few days?

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    linksblueocarina 5 months ago

    Please make a video for the clean of the FX4 Motor ..thans Big Als

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    HoodieGamer 5 months ago

    Can you make a video about how to setup a sump

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    kee kee 3 months ago

    Fx6 on a half a gallon guppies container

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    Joseph Klenke 2 months ago

    Would the fx4 be OVER KILL for my 55 gal turtle tank

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    demonpride1975 2 months ago

    I'm going to be getting a 75 gallon tank for fresh water, and i would like to get the perfect canister filter for my tank, which one would you recommend.

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    Lovebetta 4 weeks ago

    I got one and it’s running now for over 1 year now in my 75g goldfish tank and I maybe cleaned the motor for maybe 4-5 times. It’s super quiet and very easy to clean. Never change yet any sponges that comes with it except the fine and coarse filter pads.

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    p. 615 1 week ago

    Which is better canister fluval or canister