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Posted by dsres on May 14, 2003 at 18:24:20:
In Reply to: Fluval 404 Question posted by rgardner143 on May 14, 2003 at 16:58:32:
Also, are you sure you want to get a 404 or something of that caliber? Its rated for a 100 gallon tank and is quite massive. I know folks say that you need to get a more powerful filter than rated for lets say a same size fish tank but I had a similar fear about too much sucking power and current for my small turts.
I ended up with Fluval 104 for my 10 gal tank which should last me for a while. It IS a pain to get working though. I had to try 3 times at least. It is nice to have an external one though. Maybe you can look into Eheim's since people seem to like it. Sorry I couldn't say anything about the undergravel.
:One word of advice...don't get a Fluval 404. I bought one, and it filters ok, but it's a pain in the butt to get working. I also bought a submersible fluval 4, and I am very happy with it (the 4 is about $35 vs. the 404 @ $125). My advice, get two submersible fluval 4's.
::I am about to buy a fluval 404 for use in a 30 gal tank setup. My question is, can I hook the Intake tube to an under gravel filter port? Iím worried that if I just put the tube in even with some sort of screen on it that it could catch and trap my little one in it. Would this work, or would the undergravel setup damage the filter, or hurt the efficiency of it?