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Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Kmuda » Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:53 pm

The site review for Marineland C-Series can be found here:

http://www.oscarfish.com/canister-filte ... eries.html

Please reply to this thread with your own review of Marineland C-Series Cannisters, to include the C360, C220, and C160
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:48 pm

I too am a big fan of these filters. They are very efficient, and move a lot of water. I have two C-360's myself, and couldn't be happier with them. If you catch these filters on sale, don't hesitate. :D
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:50 pm

I just did a complete clean out of one of my two C 360's. Taking the can out from underneath the tank is the hardest part. They are heavy when they are full of water! Other than that it's a breeze. I rinsed everything off and switched Bio media. I swapped out the bio rings it came with for the Seachem Matrix that has been sitting next to my tank for almost a year. Put the media back in the trays, hooked the can back up to the in/out flows and turned the seal back and let her fill up. Plugged it in and bam, running like new. Love these filters. :lthumb:
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Tom » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:40 pm

Just got one of these today.
Extremely easy to set up.
Beast of a filter so far.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby sprout » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:07 pm

I have had one of my two C-530's for just over a year now. Saturday when doing my monthy maintenance on it I somehow managed to crack the U shaped piece for the inlet. I 'fixed it with some 2 part epoxy but was concerned it might not hold. I called their 1-800 customer service, guy I spoke to was extremely helpful and long story short, they are sending me new hoses, express shipped, got the confirmation from UPS already today, expected eelivery by Wednesday. And all it is costing me is $7.50.

So not only am I a huge fan of the filter but their customer service department is pretty darned helpful too.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Whiplash4ever » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:12 pm

Kmuda wrote:The site review for Marineland C-Series can be found here:

http://www.oscarfish.com/canister-filte ... eries.html

Please reply to this thread with your own review of Marineland C-Series Cannisters, to include the C360, C220, and C160


Currently running a C360 and a C530 in my 210, a C360 in my 75 and a C160 in my 29. Working flawlessly once I get them primed. If I had a ~Violation of TOS~, it is getting them primed though. The priming pump really doesn't do much in my experience. I hate pulling maintenance on them because of this.


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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby LindaD » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:59 pm

I only had to prime mine on the initial setup. Once I'm done cleaning and lock the hoses back down it fills itself. I just plug it in and it goes.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Kmuda » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:41 pm

For it to properly prime itself after maintenance, both the intake and outflow need to be submerged. :lthumb:
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:54 pm

I'm taking delivery on two of the C530's tomorrow (3/13/12) for a 120 - 150gl Oscar tank I'm setting up. What do you guys think of the included media? In particular, the Bio-balls?
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Tom » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:41 pm

I put additional bio media (Eheim Ehfilav) into my 360 instead of carbon, but use the bio balls.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby christian123 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:11 pm

i was hesitant on buying another canister after my last eheim. 1 of the handle clips broke and i was on back order for months unable to find the part i traded it in for 25% of any filter at petland. I bought the C-360 this summer and man this thing is a beast! i couldnt be more happy. If i wasnt planning a sump on my 125 i would be a c530 in a hearbeat!
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:31 pm

I did get my C530's last week. Man those things are huge! As I'm going (I don't have the tank and stand yet) to plumb Hydor 300W In-Line Heaters (5/8") into the return hose, I had to find some hose barb reducer/connectors (1" to 5/8") in order to be able to use the Hydors with the C530's. I found them not at HD or Lowes or my LFS, but online at MarineEast.com. $2.81ea if anyone else has a similar situation.

Anyways, I can't wait to get the tank ordered or bought from a private sale (I just missed a 125 complete with R & J Crown Series stand and canopy, FX5 etc. on CL last night - cheap) so I can hook my C530's up and get them pumping.
I'm wondering how much reduction in GPH the reduction in hose diameter (due to the Hydors) will cause. I hope it won't be too much. But with 2 baby Oscars and a juvenile Gold Severum, the flow rate should be fine at least until the fish near adulthood.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:50 pm

Hey guys,

Is anyone running Seachem Purigen intheir C Series canisters? I have no experience with it, but judging by the MFR claims and user comments, it looks like it'd be a perfect fit in a C Series Canister for an Oscar tank!

Your thoughts?
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Kmuda » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:04 pm

I am not a fan of Purigen. Initially, it works great, but the danger is in the regeneration. Regenerated Purigen is going to modify the pH of your tank to be whatever the pH of the water during the regeneration process. Not knowing this, I dropped the pH in one of my tanks from 7.2 to below the ability of any test kits to test it.

I'm also not sure of what the claims are with the MFR crew. No doubt, it works in much the same way as carbon albeit more selective (so it's safe to use with plants). But I did not experience any difference in nitrate creep.

Long story short, feel free to use it but you'll have to pay extra special caution to the regeneration to match pH with your tank. Your other option is to discard and replace, but that gets expensive.

If you want a similar product for which I've found absolutely no negatives, look into Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter.
http://www.poly-bio-marine.com/polyfilter.html

As for either product in a c-series canister, they actually work better in the Fluval 404/5/6 line of filters due to the tray layout. The C-Series have those monster trays and a Purigen bag will simply get lost in one. You would need several of them to cover just the bottom of the tray. Two Poly Filter pads could be cut to fit a C-Series tray pretty well.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:06 pm

Kmuda,

Thanks for your reply and the extensive work you did in your "Kicking Nitrates Ass" thread. I had originally replied to this last weekend, but my significant response was lost due to an additional login cycle. I know, you warned us!

Anyways, I have the Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter bookmarked and will consider it when I get closer to the final setup of my 155 (see "New Oscar Tank Setup" thread in the "Equipment and Accessories" Forum for the saga). With a death in the family and health issues with multiple immediate family members, the project has taken significantly longer than expected or desired.

I'll save the rest for that thread. Anyways, It looks like Purigen may not be the best fit for my two C-530's after all.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:07 pm

I'll (finally) be setting up my 2 C-530s this weekend. I'll probably be using the media recommendations outlined by Kmuda in his review of the C Series canisters in at least one of the filters. The debate taking place in my head now, is whether or not to run carbon in one of the C-530s. Though I could probably find it cheaply enough (Amazon), changing carbon in one (or both) canister(s) every month isn't what I'd prefer to do.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:19 pm

Okay, so i got my two C-530's up and running yesterday (Sat. 7/28). The setup went off ok but for a small leak on one of the intakes which was easily remidied and a significant amount of priming I had to do on one of the filters (man, I thought I'd never stop pumping that thing... then it caught). The filters were filled as follows:

C-530 #1 Left side of 155gl tank:
Bottom Tray: Marineland Ceramic Rings.
Second Tray: Marineland Size X Sponges.
Third Tray: Marineland Carbon.
Top Tray: Eheim Substrate Pro Biomedia (2.5 bags) and ML polishing floss.

C-530 #2 Right side of 155gl tank:
Bottom Tray: Eheim Lav Biomedia.
Second Tray: Marineland Size X Sponges.
Third Tray: Marineland Carbon.
Top Tray: Eheim Substrate Pro Biomedia (2.5 bags) and ML polishing floss.

I felt that running the carbon in the filters during the initial fill and cycling of the tank was critical to remove metals from the new water. I also added 3 capfulls of Prime (as directed) and a whole 100ml bottle of Stability to the tank. I'll continue adding approx. 50ml of Stability each day for another six days as directed. I'll start water testing tomorrow.

All in all, I'm happy with the C-530's so far. My only gripe is the stiffness of the hoses. I needed 3 suction cups on each output tube to even come close to mantaining a stable position and flow pattern.
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Re: Marineland C-Series Canisters

Postby Renegade87 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:35 pm

Guys,

I just saw that Big Als has the C Series Canisters on sale. C-530 = $152.99 C-360 = $139.99
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