Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-17-2005, 06:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Mazdaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Edmotnon, AB
Posts: 750
Best canister filter for 65gal fw

I've read alot of posts and reviews on different canister filters and am looking for folks who have actual experience with the filters. Please reply if you have any opinions/ideas/news, any at all. Thanks in advance. I will be setting up a 65gal fw in a month or so and am trying to find the best possible choice of equipment. The tank will be in a common area of an open concept home so noise will be a big factor in my decision. Also looking for "over-filtration" (something rated for a larger aquarium, say 75gal). Lats but not least will be ease of maintenance and flexibility of media. Oh yeah, i suppose price will play a role as well. Thanks again!!
__________________

__________________
Mazdaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2005, 06:39 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 13
Our local petsmart has the Proquatics 160 on cleareance for 34.99 and the 240 for 47.00. These are usually $130 and $170. I won't buy fish from them again but I could pass these up.
__________________

__________________
bwayne400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2005, 11:05 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chandler,Az
Posts: 288
If you buy online (bigalsonline,drsfostersmith,etc) you can get more filter for your money. I run both a Fluval 404(80 gallon) and an Eheim Ecco Comfort 2234(46 gallon). Both do a good job.The Fluval(90$) is rated at more gph and cost about the same as the Eheim(80$). The Eheim is a little quieter but both would be acceptable in the family room. My tanks are in the guest bedroom and no one ever complains about having to sleep with the fishes.
__________________
80 gallon FW:3 clown loaches, 2 angels, bloodfin tetras and 1 albino BN pleco,1 Farlowella.
46 gallon FW: kuhli loaches, otos, black neon and black phantom tetras, 3 pitbull plecos.
50 gallon SW: 1 green spotted puffer
penpitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2005, 01:20 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
travis simonson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Englewood, CO
Posts: 2,073
I use Rena Filstar XP3 canisters on my tanks and have nothing but good things to say about them. They are a joy to maintain, quiet, and do a great job. Oh yeah, they're a heck of lot cheaper than Eheims for the same flow rate. I think BigAls has them for around $100. A single XP3 would be perfect for your tank size.
__________________
“There is something in the quality of a good translation that can never be captured in the original.”
-William Gibson
travis simonson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2005, 11:50 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
You'll hear a lot about how silent eheim's are. But as long as you have a stand for the filter to sit inside, the minute amount of sound produced by a Filstar will go unnoticed.
The filstar XP2 is rated for a 75 gallon tank, but the XP3 would be fine...certainly not overkill.
__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2005, 06:04 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Mazdaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Edmotnon, AB
Posts: 750
Made a few changes to the plan... ...Decided that putting the tank in the den will make more sense. There is more available room for it and Less traffic. I've pretty much decided on the rena filstar. Probably the xp3 as I do like more than enough filtration. My other option is to dual up systems. Maybe an xp2 for now, since there won't be many fish in there and in a couple months adding a submersible filter (fluval 4 most likely) The noise of the filter isn't as big of a concern now so price becomes a major facter. Can't see myself shelling out the $300+ an eheim would cost. Very nice filter though. Anyways thanks for the input, I did find an xp3 at "jlaquatics.com" for 149.95 cdn. (big als online had it for $199.95 cdn.) Thanks again.
Mazdaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2005, 08:46 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 19
Hello,

I would suggest to check the Eheim specials in Canada before making your final decision. I recently bought at a local Montreal shop an 2026 Eheim Pro II will all the substrate for 289.00 canadians.

I have been running Eheim for more than 15 years. I had a model 2011 if remember correctly that ran from 1990 to 2001 with all the original parts. (I gave it away when I moved three years ago but I would not be surprised if the unit is still running).

The 2026 Pro II is ratied for up to 90 gal which means it would be great to keep a 65 gal clean.

AND the greatest thing of all is the fact that the unit is SELF-PRIMING, no by-pass issue and reliable.

Well just my 2 cents. Yes I admit , I am very partial to Eheim because I belive that you get want you pay for on a long run.
__________________
40 gallons FW

2026 Eheim Pro II
70 watts ligth
2-15 watts 18" fluoarescent (aqua-glo)
2-20 watts 24" fluoarescent (coralife richromatic)

I have planted the following:
3-Ceratopteris thalictroides
3-java fern
1-hygrophila polysperma
1-Bacopa monnieri
1-anubius barteri

tiger barbs, scissortail rasbora, gold tetras, pleco, serpea tetras, ottocinclus

+stupid ugly castle to make wife accept the tank
Scuba_dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 10:11 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Columbus Ohio USA
Posts: 1,182
Send a message via AIM to mitche8359
I think I wrote a review on the Fluvals. You might want to check it out.

Basically I was happy with the one I had until the second one only lasted a year. Currently using an Eheim. No problems except that it isn't self cleaning. But then none are.
__________________
Tom

55 gal fresh - planted 2wpg ~ Eheim eco filter ~ south american theme
java moss - misc anubia - amazon sword - Red rubin sword - tennellus chain swords
4 ottos, 1 pleco, 3 high fin white tetras, 3 Black Phantom Tetras, 1 high fin black tetra, 1 black tetra, 2 diamond tetras, 3 yoyos


Join the Ohio Regional Forum and share information with local enthusiasts
Vote for Aquarium Advice Today
mitche8359 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 10:47 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 1,835
Send a message via ICQ to SerLunchbox Send a message via AIM to SerLunchbox Send a message via MSN to SerLunchbox Send a message via Yahoo to SerLunchbox
Eheim is my choice. I have used a lot of different filter types and it is the one that i constantly recommend to everyone that i talk to that is looking to get into the aquarium hobby.
__________________
Lunchbox ... "i'm a man, but i can change, if i have to, i guess"

Tankless ... for now ... until i find what i really want (and what the wife lets me get!)
SerLunchbox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 02:45 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 235
I now have two Rena Filistar XP3's, I have actually changed over from Fulval to them and from my expeirence will never use Fluval again! The XP3 is much more easy on maintence, they are easyier to take apart and clean and do a much nicer job at keeping the water cyrstal clear in both my tanks.
__________________

__________________
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!!!
puffergirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
canister, canister filter, filter

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Canister filter vs. HOB filter for a planted tank fort384 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 11 02-02-2009 01:09 AM
Canister filter vs. HOB filter SHIFT_Unique Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 09-22-2006 01:40 AM
Filter Floss in an Eheim 2026 Canister Filter hforney General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 02-27-2005 02:28 AM
Via Aqua Canister vs Fluval Canister Filter? TygGer General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 15 09-19-2004 02:09 AM
live rock filter or canister filter? bschnuck Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 06-17-2004 04:48 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.