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Postby paul2667 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:27 pm

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The Fluval G6 brings aquarium filtration to a whole new level – instead of merely repackaging an older version of the product, there are actually a good amount of features that have been considerably redesigned. Not only does this system use efficient hardware, but it uses computerized systems to monitor and control its operation. Lets discuss the different aspects of the operation of this superlative filtration system. The Fluval G6 is easy to set up and equally pleasant to operate – it is extremely easy to access both the pre-filter cartridge and the chemical one. As a matter of fact, Fluval has a special quick release system specially designed to make cartridge changing elementary. This system ensures that you do not have to open the main body of the device to change cartridges.

Besides this, the main systems of the Fluval 6 are completely computerized. Digital controls monitor everything from conductivity to water temperature – and of course there are monitors for the all important flow rate. Results can be displayed either as numbers or as a graph, and the system even gives out alerts if the device is due for maintenance or a cartridge change. Everything is shown on an easy to read LCD, making the Fluval truly one of the most sophisticated and easy to use systems on the market.

Then there's innovation – not content to remain with the static systems that have been handed down from generation to generation of filtration systems, Fluval has included some innovative, interesting and highly innovative technologies in this package. Like the pleated cartridge that this system uses to filter out wastes. Unlike filtration foam, this cartridge does not need changing when it gets clogged. And the cartridge can handle a much higher capacity and a greater flow as well. As if all this weren't enough, the cartridge works better at filtering too, taking a much greater percentage of waste from the filtered water. All you have to do is to rinse the cartridge regularly, and the water in your aquarium will be crystal clear and completely free of impurities.
Pros and Cons:

The good points: As I've already mentioned, this filtration system is state of the art. Some of the best features about it include:

Easy to change cartridges – cartridge changing can acually be done without dismanling the body of the unit
Computerized systems with clear displays
Advanced filtration systems that clean waste far more efficiently

Negative aspects:

There are a few negative aspects, of course. These include:

The price – despite their obvious efficiency, these remain some of the most expensive filters
The outer body of the filter is easily scratched and damaged, and this can spoil the way it looks in the long run
Opaque pipes make it difficult to assess when the pipes need to be cleaned. Of course, the computerized flow indicator partially offsets this problem

Manufacturer Specs
Fluval G6 Advanced Aquarium Filtration System with FREE Phosphate Cartridge

Fluval G6 Advanced Aquarium Filtration System with FREE Phosphate Cartridge

Computerized precision and aquarium filtration combined for the first time into one sleek, efficient canister filter package with the Fluval G6 Advanced Aquarium Filtration System. Intelligent design uses a microprocessor and LCD display to analyze and report real-time performance, water parameters and cleaning intervals to determine a realistic maintenance schedule and define inefficiencies. New quick-release, top-access filter cartridge prefilter system allows for the fastest media changes available and causes less disturbance to biological filtration than traditional canister filters. The Fluval G6's 3 Large biological media baskets maximize water flow for complete saturation. Double-wall canister design eliminates motor noise for silent operation. Includes: 1 mechanical cartridge with carbon 1 Pre-Filter cartridge Enough G-Nodes biological media for both media baskets 10 ft. hose 2 output nozzles and spray bar attachments Telescopic intake and intake strainer 2 Cross rim assemblies AquaStop System Quickstart Guide and manual on CD
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby Clare » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:42 pm

I would love one. Really would but I could never warrant spending the money.
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby paul2667 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:43 pm

i think to costly and to much can go wrong like anything computorised ideal if u like gadgets
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby Deak » Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:08 pm

way too expensive, i will wait till they get all the bad feedback from customers and build version 2 next year lol
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby paul2667 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:24 pm

i prefer my fx5 at least its reliable been scouring the net and alot of peole r saying about the noise but the out flow stonger than it says but with all the tech inside 1 thing goes wrong u could completly f---k ur tank up
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fluval g6 review

Postby dkm » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:08 pm

I have had a g6 since they first came out. Its been faultless IMO. Brilliant and been worth the extra £££££. Has never let me down in last year and a half or so.

The best bit for me is the ease of changing the mechanical and chemical prefilters without having to even open the main unit. Two minute job to change both.

Would buy again but i am a GADGET freak.

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fluval g6 review

Postby dkm » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:38 pm

£349!
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby panfield » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:23 pm

Just my opinion but it seems to me that anything that is packed with electronics, i.e. cars, phones, printers, etc will sooner or later will have problems.
I mentioned printers as I have an Epson, which, after 18 months stopped working and showed a message that said I had to take it to an Epson dealer to get it fixed. In other words throw it away and buy another. I looked on the net and found some free software that reset all the counters. It has worked fine ever since, that was 2 years ago. As far as I'm concerned, Epson deliberately built in that fault electronically. Or maybe I'm paranoid.
It just seems like overkill to me, selling us stuff with features we didn't know we wanted.
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby Mr Cobue » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:34 pm

panfield wrote:Just my opinion but it seems to me that anything that is packed with electronics, i.e. cars, phones etc will sooner or later will have problems. It just seems like overkill to me, selling us stuff with features we didn't know we wanted.


I agree. I've heard they're pretty good but in aymans terms, It's a bit like buying a BMW or a merc. You'll get a fantastic product but any problems will end up being costly
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby newbyrelfy » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:42 pm

i dont like the electronic fancy stuff neither it takes the fun away from fish keeping and way too expensive to buy and/or run, its like automatic feeders and stuff their ok if your away but no thanks illl rather feed my fish myself thankyou.
No offence to anyone with these costly, non energy sufficient, lazy devices but i would rather know that i am looking after my fish myself and not leaving it to a computer
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby panfield » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:54 pm

Have you seen the price of the replacement cartridges,
Phosphate Cartridge £19
Mechanical Fine Pre Filter Cartridge £34
Pre Filter Cartridge £20
Nitrate Cartridge £23
Tri Ex Waste Adsorbing Cartridge £28
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fluval g6 review

Postby dkm » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:08 pm

Well yes replacement cartridges do cost but i have had a fine mechanical filter cartridge that with proper looking after looks just as good as new after a year and a half. Also the standard mechanical filter with proper care lasts for well over a year.

Regarding the chemical refills. I have not bothered. It comes with one and once the contents have been exhausted the catridge can be emptied and refilled with whatever you want. Personally i refill my chemical filter with seachem phosgard.

Also talking about the electronic 'gadgets'
I find them all useful.

Conductivity meter can be helpful just like REDOX is!
Temperature surely is useful.
Accurate flow meter is also useful.
Reminders of when to do maintenance can also be useful.

I spend less time maintaining this filter than any other filter i have owned. Leaving me more time to enjoy the fish in my aquarium.

This filter is the best build quality i have ever seen. In my opinion even better than eheim. But i guess thats why it costs more.

All this is just my opinion though. And whats good for one person might not be for another.

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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby paul2667 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:15 pm

i agree with its probaly the ferria of filters but the cost is a bit high they were on offer at world of water £299

id be worried about the chip messing up i should imigine even with the electronics i would still check my water to be safe we all no that

the water is a must for our fish i use fx5 and 405 works great for me the 405 full of polishing pads so easy to clean the fx5 has the sponges full of matrix

im not 100% about flow rate of them both but imgine my water turns over more with the 2 filters

u never no 6 months be around £160 cheaper than fx5 then might consider it
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fluval g6 review

Postby dkm » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:26 pm

To be honest i think the electronics are quite simple. As i said mine has been running for over a year and a alf without a single problem.

Regarding the conductivity. If say you have a reading of 800 before you go to work. Then when you get home its 1200 then its a sign something is not right. Could be something has died where you cant see it etc. This must be a good aid to good husbandry. Only an aid and not in place of it.

But i agree. It does not matter how high tech something is you still have to do the basic tests and use your eyes and knowledge to assess how things are going.
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Re: fluval g6 review

Postby paul2667 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:45 pm

so u found it benifical in more ways than one yes electonics can somtimes see what the eyes and mind miss which is a good point anything benifical to our fish keeping has to be good how to u find it on electric compared say to fx5 or ehimm does any one no about cost if anything did go wrong r replacment parts easy to get hold of id always have a second filter running just for precuation coz if one fails u still got filtrarion u cant always fix straight away or ur on holiday one breaks down at least u got one running
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fluval g6 review

Postby dkm » Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:09 pm

I agree. Two filters are better than one. Dont put all your eggs in one basket etc. Thats why i also have a eheim 2080 running on my aquarium!
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