10-12-2009, 05:04 PM
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I agree with MM, Eheim are probably the cadillac of filters. I've had mine for 12 years with no issues, but they are older and don't have these modern gizmo's like primers and flow valves to cause trouble
. Someone on here had a similar problem with their Eheim, trying to recall, may have been Aunt kymmie, or Twistersmom? Maybe a PM to both would help.
As for other filters should you decide to change, Rena XP series has good reviews (seems to be rated preferable to Fluval from my research) and I got a Rena XP3 in July and like it. It is very similar in operation to the Eheim, at much less cost, and so far I'm satisfied. Getting Eheims locally is next to impossible (only one store carries Eheim, and that is on and off; and I prefer buying equipment in a store so I can return it if there is trouble without mailing it across the world) which is why I got the Rena XP3. I bought the Fluval media though, much cheaper (like half the cost for each).