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Penn Plax Cascade 1000 17" Canister Aquarium Filter (Up to 100 Gallon Tanks) EXPIRED

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Amazon has Penn Plax Cascade 1000 Canister Aquarium Filter (CCF1UL) on sale for $64.94 - $15.59 off when you clip the coupon on the product page = $49.35 ----> Now $49.04. Shipping is free.

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Product Features:
  • Large capacity stackable media trays allow for multi-stage filtration
  • Quick & easy push-button primer and two independent 360 degree rotating taps
  • Flow rate control shut-off valves adjust water flow and provide for easy maintenance.
  • For Aquariums up to 100 Gallon
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Penn-Plax Aquarium Cascade 1000 Canister Filter for aquariums up to 100 gallons $49.35 at Amazon after the $15.59 coupon on the product page.

This is quite a good price for a decent canister filter and would be a great upgrade for anyone with a hang-on-back filter.

Some canister filter tips from the experts:
- For additional filtration power, fill the media baskets with good biological media like biomax, bio rings or sponges. (or for a cheap DIY alternative, try those cheap nylon pot scrubbers you can find at the dollar stores!) Activated carbon is an alternative for chemical filtration, though some hobbyists debate it's efficacy. Save money by buying it loose and bagging it yourself.
- Also, add a prefilter sponge for extra filtration and to keep small debris out of your filter, allowing you to clean the media inside less often. It also can keep smaller fish, shrimp and babies from being sucked in to the filter!
- You might want to put some floss or a pad on the sides of the baskets, since some water can make its way around the baskets and avoid being filtered. Floss will block that easy flow and add filtration.
- ignore the manufacturer's advice to change your sponge pads often. They only say that to keep making money off of you, and you're just throwing away all that beneficial bacteria you built up! If you clean the sponges in tap water, they should last for years, if not decades. You'll probably want to clean and change the floss pads though.
- Also, NEVER clean your media in tap water, because the chlorine and chloramine in tap water will kill the beneficial bacteria that does most of the filtration. Rinse the media with tank water.
- Always take filter manufacturers' aquarium size recommendations with a grain of salt. Those numbers are based on absolutely idea conditions which won't exist in your tank. Always get a filter for a bigger tank than you have. There's no such thing as too much filtration in an aquarium.
- Google "pimp my filter" or search on YouTube for good ideas.

Manufacturer description:
CASCADE CANISTER FILTER FOR FRESHWATER OR MARINE ENVIRONMENTS: the Cascade 1000 (CCF3UL) has 3 media baskets, works at 265 GPH, and is recommended for Aquariums up to 100 gallons. It measures 11.5 x 17 x 10 inches.

STATE OF THE ART FEATURES OF THE CASCADE 1000: ♦ flow valves that rotate 360 degrees for easy maneuvering in even the tightest aquarium cabinets ♦ large capacity media baskets allow aquarists to customize to their media needs ♦ push button primer allows for a quick and easy prime of the filter ♦ includes a spray bar, tubing, directional spout for customization, and filter medium.

USE ANY COMBINATION OF MEDIA: floss pad for removing particulate matter and a course sponge that provides abundant surface for promoting bacterial growth (to remove ammonia and nitrites) included free with purchase

SEE BELOW FOR DIAGRAM, THE CASCADE 1000 INCLUDES: ♦ Flow rate control cut-off valves ♦ two independent directional 360 degree rotating valve taps ♦ swimming pool – style hose clamps ♦ quick, easy, push button self-primer ♦ extra-large capacity stackable filter medium containers with lift-up handles ♦ floss pad and coarse sponge included, free with each canister filter ♦ easy lift alignment clamps that release vacuum suction ♦ sturdy tip-proof base

FILTER MEDIA OPTIONS BY CASCADE AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, SOLD SEPARATELY: see below for details, sold separately is media such as: bio-floss, bio-sponge, bio-rings, filt-a-pack pro-z, and filt-a-pack pro-carb-z.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DJ9NY?th=1
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Quote from davelikesdeals2 :
FLUVAL 07 series is MUCH BETTER but..

This canister filter was the first one I was going to go for due to price. I thought of whats happening with the filtration and thought it was absurd looking at some of these other canister filters. I then decided to do a lot of research including top YouTube channels but also popular forums and everyone seems to REALLY love the Fluval 07 series a lot.

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I think this has its market for sure but if you are willing to spend a bit more and its your show tank, seriously look at Fluval and also look at Fluval 3.0 light, it's highly recommended from top YouTubers but also across the community in general. I've found Fluval to be impressive, up there with Seachem (excellent hang on back filter but also one of the priciest options for HOB).
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too tall for my cabinet. too bad nice price.
I invested in a 40 gallon seaclear acrylic tank, it's crystal clear and seamless, and given the expense of the tank itself and how great it looks, I didn't want it crapped up with over the back filters (also wanted to avoid giving my cat anyplace to mess up the setup or cause a disaster). After loads of research, I ended up at the same conclusion as you - Fluval 07. It comes with all the media you need for initial use, has 3 baskets for filter media, so quiet I have to open the cabinet and stick my head in to hear if its running, and it keeps the tank crystal clear with only a 20% water change weekly. I also hooked the intake up to an undergravel system, slotted pvc pipes I picked up on ebay that connect up to the intake. I'm not sure how much difference the undergravel system works, other than avoiding the intake possibly sucking fish in (that was my main reason for using an undergravel system). I still suction out the gravel when I do a water change, it does seem like it picks up lots less filth than when I had an over the back filter in a 55 gallon tank - suctioning the gravel in that was nasty business with loads of filth. This is what I picked up for undergravel system: https://www.amazon.com/Undergrave...674&sr=8-1
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Quote from DragonflyWarrior :
Great post. I never thought to use the cheap nylon pot scrubbers as media. Pretty clever.
I use them in a home made sump (10 gal tank). Of the 3 Chambers I made the first one my mechanical filter (nylon scrubbers), second chamber biological filter (lava rocks), third chamber has my tank heaters followed by my return pump. All learned from Joey (King of DIY) on youtube
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Quote from davelikesdeals2 :
FLUVAL 07 series is MUCH BETTER but..

This canister filter was the first one I was going to go for due to price. I thought of whats happening with the filtration and thought it was absurd looking at some of these other canister filters. I then decided to do a lot of research including top YouTube channels but also popular forums and everyone seems to REALLY love the Fluval 07 series a lot.

I gave it a look just for the hell of it and started noticing major features I didnt think about
  • Is the motor completely silent or is it a loud noise?
  • How easy is it to get the trays out?
  • Does it have flow adjustment?
  • How big are to tubes going in and out of the aquarium?
  • What free media comes with it and is it any good?
  • How many layers does it have?
  • Whats the warranty period and is it any good?
  • Whats the actual size of the cannister filter itself?
  • What does the intake and outtake ends look like and whats their functionality?
After I started to actually give it thought I was like I see why everyone invest so much in the Fluval filters. I would have made a major mistake if I went with the one here. The lack of features, the bulkiness of it, not just the canister filter body itself but the actual pipes and what goes into the aquarium that people will actually see, this is very important to me. Not to mention we're comparing a cheap Chinese motor you can actually hear clearly verse a SILENT Italian filter so even if you dont tuck it inside a cabinet, it's still silent and it's aesthetically pleasing so if someone saw it, it doesn't look cheap and horrible. The actual price for the Fluval if all those features I bulletined above are important - it's a no brainer and with PETCO you can get a significant amount off (up to $50 off). You're also getting top notch filters with excellent media included in their price.

Why I would get this filter:
  • If noise wasn't important to me
  • If aesthetics weren't important with what goes in the tank, tubing, and canister itself
  • Easy flow control built in that actually worked
  • Ease of cleaning the media stacks/filtration wasn't a big deal
  • If I were on a really tight budget
  • A fish room where I had many large tanks (even here, some will simply DIY their own filtration)

I think this has its market for sure but if you are willing to spend a bit more and its your show tank, seriously look at Fluval and also look at Fluval 3.0 light, it's highly recommended from top YouTubers but also across the community in general. I've found Fluval to be impressive, up there with Seachem (excellent hang on back filter but also one of the priciest options for HOB).
Enjoy your premium ITALIAN stuff and leave CHINESE stuff alone. Go have fun. You have no idea what makes a premium product premium but full of bs.
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Enjoy your premium ITALIAN stuff and leave CHINESE stuff alone. Go have fun. You have no idea what makes a premium product premium but full of bs.
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These Penn Plax are trash. I have no idea why they get the good reviews they do. I owned and sent back 3 hoping each one was defective, but after 3 in a row I just came to the conclusion that they're all ridiculously loud (impeller rattle) and lots of bypass outside of the baskets.

Tried every method to try and quiet this thing down, but its really just loud. Even in it's quieter moments, you can always hear a distinct rattling. Being that it was my first cannister filter, thought this was normal until I picked up a fluval 207.

Fluval = DEAD silent. Barely audible even standing right next to it. Also way more thoughtfully designed in terms of maintenance as well as efficient water flow.

Highly recommend Fluval. You can pick them up at Petco w/ 25% off curbside pickup discount.
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