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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, 05:39 AM   #1
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Canister Filters - What Do You Prefer?

so what brand does everyone use?
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never had one but i am getting a fluval 404 mb
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Old 05-26-2005, 08:02 AM   #3
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I've only used a Rena Filstar XP3, so I can't compare it to the others. I love the XP3, since it is very easy to use and very quiet.
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I have a Eheim 2113 and a Magnum 330. I use the Magnum for water polishing only when needed as I feel it is a pretty useless filter on its own. My Eheim has a cracked canister housing I discovered after a move so I need to do some parts shopping to bring it up to speed. I really prefer the options with the Eheim and bypass is little to none. I have a 55 Gal that I want to set up planted with cichlids or maybe rainbows so I will either need to repair or upgrade!
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:04 AM   #5
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Definately the Cascade! I own two of them and wouldn't buy another brand.
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Old 05-26-2005, 10:08 AM   #6
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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.
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I have a filstar xp2 and an older hydor. the filstar gets used, the hydor collects dust in a box after being used for a month, and not being very impressed.
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I personally think that canisters are a rather large investment for the average hobbiest to have owned one of each brand.. just my opinion.. I have a fluval 403 and a magnum 350 standard.. both are very old.. and if I had to have another canister I would DIY it.. And If I had so much money to burn that I didnt know what to do with it all I would get a complete rainbow lifeguard canister filter system..

WooHoo... I would super glue the housing back together if I were you.. Ive done this on HOB filters that got cracked and it worked like a charm..
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From your description JC, it sounds like the Fluval and Cascade canister setups are very similar. I just figured that all canisters had baskets that could use any media. Then again, I've only used the Cascade myself but have seen others in operation.
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My eheim is great, and fluval is a close second..
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