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Old 03-14-2009, 09:26 AM   #1
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Rena XP3 vs. Fluval 405 ?

I have been wanting to get a canister filter for a while and have narrowed it down to the Rena XP3 and Fluval 405.
So far the Rena seems to have better reviews but I haven't looked at that many yet.
Price aside which would you choose?
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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I've always used Fluval cans and love them. Quiet quiet quiet
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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Fluval it is.
I stopped by Petco and they wanted $220, I can get one on Ebay for $150 w/free shipping. Stopped by my local aquarium place, which is usually expensive, and he had a 405 for $170, I grabbed it. I would rather pay a little more so I have local service and he stocks all the reapir parts.
Neither place had the Rena.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:33 AM   #4
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I have a thread running where I trying to decide on a canister, I got my hands on a Fluval today and was perplexed on their design choice, what with the vertical prefilter. I would appreciate your comments on my insights on the design and your experience, here's the thread:

Which canister filter should I choose?
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From what I have heard you can't really go wrong with either. I have 2 XPs (an XP2 and an XP3) and they are great, but I know a lot of people with Fluvals that have had no problems with them either.
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Not sure why, but none of the pet stores in my area seem to carry Rena's products. Is this just a regional thing? Mostly Ehem's and Marinelands with one or two Fluvals. Oh, and the very tempting Cascade which is so much cheaper! I know none of these canisters are supposed to break, but its comforting to know I can drive down the road for parts in an emergency.
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