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View Poll Results: Canister Filters - What Do You Prefer?
Eheim 15 51.72%
Fluval 6 20.69%
Rena 3 10.34%
Magnum 1 3.45%
Cascade 1 3.45%
Vortex 0 0%
Hydor Prime 0 0%
Other 3 10.34%
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Old 05-26-2005, 12:15 PM   #11
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I have three Eheims and a Rena Filstar XP3. All of them can handle whatever media you want, so I am looking at power, quiet, and ease of maintenance.

My easiest filters to maintain are the Eheim Ecco series, but these are very disappointing in power, and do not compare to my classic series 2215, which is a big pain in the patooty to maintain. The XP3 is a wonderful filter that is very easy to maintain, but is noisier than the Eheims, which you have to put your hand on to make sure they are running.

You are right Jchillin - this is a topic that comes up almost as much as "what are kudos for?" Filters are a big investment so there is no wonder why people want to find out as much as possible beforehand.
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Old 05-26-2005, 01:37 PM   #12
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This is getting to be fun! I've seen this question posed twice a week for the past month.

JMO - A canister is a great thing. Features, reliability and cost play a large part in making a decision.

The Fluval utilizes large foam strips as it's first layer of bio/mechanical filtering. Then, and this is where I believe the Fluval has an advantage, come the media baskets. These baskets can take whatever you want in them. Want additional water polishing, chemical, biological filtering? You can get it all in with no fuss.
Do you have to use the manufacturer's media? Only the foam...everything else can be swapped around. A couple of nylon bags and your ready to go.
I agree with JChillin about the Fluvals, they have so much flexability with their three large trays and built-in sponge. Plus, they are silent, hassle free, and reasonably priced. $70 for a 304!
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Fluvals are great too becuase its simple to find replacement parts and media either online or at your LFS.
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:16 PM   #14
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i personally like the eheims the best .... very quiet, ease of priming, ease of maintaining .... the fluval we have at work seems to be problematic and nosier ..... the old fluval xx3 series worked alot better and was a great piece of machinery ..... have not tried the rest, but am looking to try a rena on my next tank setup ........ from what i can see, most of the new models have trays/ chambers for the different medias .....
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africamonk....you might be right there I wouldnt trade my fluval 403 for any other canister out there new or old..
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Old 05-26-2005, 07:54 PM   #16
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i'll trade you for 2 fluvals 404s ......
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I have used Aquaclear, Eheim, emperor, penguin, magnum filters etc...


Hands down, way out in front, is eheim. I will almost never buy anything else unless i am in a major cash crunch.
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SerLunchbox...did you ever try the Fluval XX3 series? I personally find them equal to the eheim in quality and better than the eheim's in maintainance..
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