Joined: Mar 25, 2009 Posts: 69 Location: Raipur - Chhattisgarh - India
Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:44 am Post subject: Suggetstion in Buying External Filter
I'm planning to buy External Filter for my Aquarium (44" x 15" x 27" - [L x W x H]).
I leave in Raipur, and planning to getting Filter ordered from somewhere else than Raipur.
LFSs here are selling accessories @ 2~4 times more than its prices prevailing in Other Major Cities.
I've budget of 3~3.5K, pls suggest external filter in this range.
While browsing I've came across with one Homemade Filter Available on ebay, with three different models.
I had talk to this ebay shop owner who claims that his filters are widely demanded and better performer than some external filters as his filter range starts from 5 stage filtration to 9 stage filtration (link provided for reference).
Pls advise can one should go for this kind of filter.
Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Suggetstion in Buying External Filter
I don't understand why you would want to buy a homemade filter. Instead of buying one, you can make it yourself. but of course, I understand that not everyone is into DIY.
Go in for a proper canister filter. Brand, model & make will be for you to choose. There are numerous filters in the market. But in the budget that you mention, you can only look into some of the Chinese makes like SunSun, Boyu, Hopar etc. The E-jet you mention seems to have a max flow of only 700lph. That may not be enough for your tank. Well, that also depends on what you have in your tank, but 700lph is too low in any case. Aim for a minimum of 1500lph. That should give you 5x cycling. But for that you have to get a filter that is rated at around 2000lph to be an effective 1500lph. Also remember, the higher the filtration, the better. For a tank of your size, it would also be a good idea to have 2 filters. This will make filtration more efficient. You can get 2 filters that are rated around 1000lph each and install them on opposite ends of the tank.
If you are interested in DIY projects, you can make a wet/dry trickle filter at a fraction of the cost. DIY plans for such filters are available all over the internet.
Would be a good idea for you to give all your tank specs including fish, plants etc. so that people can give you more accurate answers.
Joined: Nov 23, 2011 Posts: 1877 Location: Bangalore, Prakashnagar.
Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:07 pm Post subject: Re: Suggetstion in Buying External Filter
I wouldn't trust that home made filter, It looks like the locking mechanism might give away and you can have leaks any time later.
the body also looks crappy.. and over all it doesn't look nice. I don't like the sellers comment on the usage range of this filter..
The seller tells it can be used for tanks from 20L to 1000L, Output = 50/1800 L/H, Power = 15/20 W..
No filter can have such huge range of usage in terms of volume.. either it is too small for a 1000l or too big for a 20l tank.
I don't mind if you bought one of the chines makes like Sunsun, jbl etc.. but home made .. no for sure.
And that E-Jet 3358 flow rate is too small for your tank.. get at filter with least 1000 to 2000 L/H flow.
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