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Old 08-11-2005, 01:06 PM   #1
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Would you buy an used filter

Would you buy an used filter over the internet? How do you make sure it's clean enough to put it in your aquarium?

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Old 08-11-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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Which one would you prefer for a 55 gal Eheim 2234 ECCO or Fluval 404? Why?
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:11 PM   #3
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If you're speaking of a source like Aquabid or eBay, no. There is no way to know if the device even works, let alone clean. The problem is that if the item is defective, you have to go through way too many changes in trying to rectify the issue than any potential savings you may get.

However, picking this type of item up at an Aquarium Club auction or being sold by another member of a forum such as AA is far better IMO.
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If I had to choose between the 2 I would go with the Fluval. I had an Eheim ecco 2234 on my 46 and the flow rate is just too low to move much water. It filtered well enough but I needed to add an AC hob filter to increase the water movement.I since replaced both with a Rena Filstar xp-2 and it does a good job by itself. I run the 404 on my 80 gallon planted tank and it does just fine.
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:28 PM   #5
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Thank you, guys. I was actually looking into e-bay but I guess I'll stay away from it now.

BTW "J", I just looked into an old post about angels were you asked me where had I been? I travel quite a bit for business and when I do, everything gets behind at home, so I have to catch up and cannot make time for my hobby. When that happens, I miss you guys enormously!!! I still try to take a peek from time to time but I don't have time to reply.

And this is why I show up sporadically.
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:36 PM   #6
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Last weekend, i went to my local Aquarium Society meeting (SVAS). They have an auction every month. I bought 2 used Fluval 303 with all the goodies for $35.00 for the pair. I took them home, cleaned them up...bought new media, and voila I have 1 running on my 55 gallon, and am thinking of selling the other one to get my $35 back.

All in all I am very happy with this purchase.

Heh...btw... I now have a used TetraTec 500 to get rid of <g>
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BTW "J", I just looked into an old post about angels were you asked me where had I been? I travel quite a bit for business and when I do, everything gets behind at home, so I have to catch up and cannot make time for my hobby. When that happens, I miss you guys enormously!!! I still try to take a peek from time to time but I don't have time to reply.

And this is why I show up sporadically.
Precisely why I inquired...just glad that you are ok. Had kinda missed ya.
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I'm always a little jealous, in a good way, when you guys talk about the great deals and swaps you make in local aquarium societies. I cannot find any around home!!!

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Precisely why I inquired...just glad that you are ok. Had kinda missed ya.
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check out my thread on 55g filters

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=58780
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I did! Which one did you get manooosie? Did you buy on line?
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