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Old 05-13-2004, 11:13 PM   #11
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I have an Emperor 400 on my 75G, and it is very noisy. So noisy that I just bought an AC500 - hooked it up last night and it is MUCH quieter than the Emp, but I would not call it silent. I think I'll get a canister as soon as I can convince the wife that its worth another $100 to get quieter.

I've not had either filter long enough to comment on effectiveness, but there seem to be plenty of people who love both, so I think either is a good choice as far as filtration.

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Old 05-13-2004, 11:15 PM   #12
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As far as quiet is concerned, my Eheim 2215 canister is so quiet I have to put my hand on the thing to be sure it is running.

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Old 05-14-2004, 10:25 AM   #13
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For my 75gal tank I have a Fluval 404 and a Penguin 330. I'm quite happy with that combination. The Fluval cannister is great for its versatility as far as the media combinations you can put together, but also having a HOB like the Penguin makes it very convenient when I want to do a quick change of something, like Peat granules for instance. I like the Bio-Wheel feature of the Penguin as well.

I chose the Penguin over the Emperor because it's a little slimer, allowing me to get the tank a little closer to the wall.
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I had a Fluval 404 and two penguin 330"s on a 55 gal Oscar tank and that combo kept it crystal clear.

You can get a Fluval 404 from pet solutions for $109.99

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