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Old 12-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Fluval canisters

What's the difference between fluval 305 and 306 canisters? Should I just get a 205/206 for a 180 litre?
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What's the difference between fluval 305 and 306 canisters? Should I just get a 205/206 for a 180 litre?
I'd put the 406 on a tank that size but I like to overfilter.
The 04/05/06 is the series number. Every couple of years they come out with a new series of filters with minor improvements. Hence the 06 is newer than the 05.

Have you looked at Eheim classic filters? I prefer them. The 2217 from Eheim is $40 cheaper than the Fluval 406 and IMO it's a better filter.
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The 306 will be running in conjunction with the juwel rio internal filter so hopefully that would be enough filtration. Can't really get anything more expensive as this is a Xmas present.
Those 2 should be enough right?
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The 306 will be running in conjunction with the juwel rio internal filter so hopefully that would be enough filtration. Can't really get anything more expensive as this is a Xmas present.
Those 2 should be enough right?
Ya it'll be enough. I'd still steer you towards an Eheim. A 2217 is still cheaper than a Fluval 306.

The 2217 is $114 on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: EHEIM Classic 2215371 External Canister Filter with Media for up to 92 US Gallons: Pet Supplies

It's about $150-160 at pet shops, while the 306 is $10 more (usually).

Eheim Classic Canister Filter with Media - 2217
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In amazon.co.uk it's £20 pound dearer
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In amazon.co.uk it's £20 pound dearer
I have no idea what "dearer" means.
Nonetheless, I suggest the 2217. It's a better filter in my opinion. And it has a ceramic impeller shaft that can't warp and start making noise.
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Haha sorry dearer means more expensive. We use it in the UK
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Haha sorry dearer means more expensive. We use it in the UK
I think it's worth 20 pounds to get a better filter. The 2217 is (IMO) a better design and uses significantly higher quality biological media than the fluval.

There's also a 2215 model by Eheim, which is slightly smaller. That would probably be in your price bracket.

If you just don't like the Eheim design after looking at it, don't buy it.
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I would steer you towards an eheim too but a 306 and the juwel internal will still be good filtration for your rio180.
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Got the eihem 2217. It'll help if if get a bigger tank too. Currently have a 205 on another 180 litre that seems to be doing ok. Wanted extra filtration though because it's for cichlids.

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