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Old 04-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #11
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So I've narrowed it down to Eheim 2217 x2 or one Fluval Fx5. I have a friend who can get the Eheims at cost for $116 a piece . They come out to about the same cost. I'm leaning towards the Eheims.
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I would lean towards the FX5 over the eheims... Much better filter. It is nice having two filters in case one stops working, but when comparing two of those to one FX5, there's no comparison IMO
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:42 PM   #13
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That's why I was mainly leaning towards two Eheims so if one failed I'd have a back up. I've read though that the Fx5 has allot of media bypass.
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And I've also read that fluval x5 is noisy? Correct me if I'm wrong. But I'm a ehiem user! And loving it
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:57 PM   #15
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I have both and dont have any complaints about either. I have an FX5 and a 405 on my 240G and 2 2217's on my 140. I like having 2 filters so that you can clean one every other week or whatever your routine is. Allows bacteria to stay in one while you do maintenance on the other. Also the argument for having two if one fails. All comes down to personal choice. None of these filters are noisy either.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:06 AM   #16
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So I can get a Eheim 2217 brand new for $88 bucks each I think I may go with 2 of those instead of the Fx5.
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Since everyone is on the subject of filters, i had a question after i talked to a guy at the LFS, what is the maintenance like on a canister filter i have only had experience with HOB's...He gave me the impression its a PITA to change out media and do regular service to canisters.
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He gave me the impression its a PITA to change out media and do regular service to canisters.
Actually quite the opposite. I think its pretty easy. Generally you unhook the top, lift the trays out, and switch out the media. I used HOBs for years but just recently got a C-360 canister, and Im glad I did. Its much better filtration but still easy to work with. If you make the switch I don't think you'll regret it.
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I prefer my canisters, they are quite simple to clean really. Just removing the lid and the trays pretty much. I haven't done my FX5 yet, it's a monster but I expect that one to be a pain only cause of it's size. lol

I agree with the above, I don't think you'd regret the purchase. Just try to get a filter that is over rated for your tank, ie: 50 g tank get a 70-100 gallon filter. It will pay off in the end, I promise.
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