Fluval 404 vs Rena Filstar XP2
I'm currently planning on setting up a 75 gallon freshwater community tank. It will consist mainly of peaceful to semi-aggressive (as some are labeled) fish with a Sailfin Pleco. I'm not planning on overstocking or having live plants or anything like that. I'll be putting in normal gravel with some rock and/or slate decorations, also probably some terra cotta pots.
I'm looking at two different canister filters, but I'm unsure of which is better and easier to maintain. I don't really mind having to set time aside to clean the filter, but at the same time I honestly have no clue how to clean a canister filter yet (I'll be reading much more on this subject).
With that said, here are the two filters that I'm currently looking at.
Rena Filstar XP2 and Fluval 404 304
Going by looks alone, I prefer the Filstar. I'd like to get your thoughts and opinions on these filters and which one would be better for my type of setup. Also, how difficult are these things to clean? How much disassembling is there? Any other words of wisdom is welcome!
75G- (3) Firemouth Cichlids, (10) Tiger Barbs, (3) Dojo Loaches, (3) Yoyo Loaches, and (1) Sailfin Pleco.
46G- (3) Pearl Gouramis, (5) Black Skirt Tetras, (7) Harlequin Rasboras, (3) Dojo Loaches, (1) Clown Pleco