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Old 04-21-2005, 01:25 AM   #1
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Fluval 404 or FilStar XP3?

I just got my new Thatfishplace.com catolog in the mail.
They have advertised the Fluval 404 canister filter priced at 94.99$ good up to 100Gal. and 340 GPH

Also they have the Filstar XP3 for 108.99$ good up to 175Gal. and Unknown GPH.

The price is very close so that is not the issue.

I see the Filstar has flow control. Does the fluval have flow control?

Your honest opinion. Which is the best out of the two?!? and What are you experiences?

I'd like to know before i invest into something like this.
Thanks guys.
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Old 04-21-2005, 01:29 AM   #2
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I have the Fluval 304 and it works well and is well made, but I can't compare the two.
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update: FilStar XP3 has 350 GPH
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I'd go with the filstar. I've heard better things about them, but I think the stated gph is a little lower. More like 250-300 depending on what kind of media you use. what size tank are you going to be using this on?
I just got an eheim 2217 from petsolutions.com and its pretty sweet
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:18 AM   #5
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I have the 404 and yes, it does have a flow control and it is very efficient. I set it up three weeks ago and if not for water changes, you forget that it's there. I believe all manufacturer's give a gph rating of an empty tank and no media for their products. That being said, my tank water is crystal clear.
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Hello, my first post here. I have had the Filstar for over a year and love it. Unfortunately, I have never used the Fluval, so I cannot accurately compare it. As for the Filstar, mine is very quiet although I have heard that some have had noise problems. Maintenance is easy since everything is contained in filter baskets. The filter has a shut-off valve that maintains the suction so there is no need to re-prime when reassembling the filter.
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I have only used Fluval. But I am happy with it and would buy it again over other brands.
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I have Filstar and love them. The last 'design' for Fluval's was really bad, but the ones out now apparently have those problems fixed.
Either should be fine.
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I have the 404 and haven't had any issues with it. It's quiet, pretty easy to maintain, and seems reliable enough. That's a great price, my LFS charged me over double that for my two..
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FYI DrsFosterSmith.com and BigAlsOnline.com both have the XP3 for $99.99. Big Al's has the 404 for $89.99. Drs F&S have the 404 for $124.99.

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