09-16-2009, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by fighttest
i can buy replacement foam pads and cut them to fit the baskets is that what your talking about? which filter is your favorite and how would you rate them to fluval?
If you have a fluval, they make replacement pads that will fit their filter. I would use those. If for some reason you can't get them, you can use regular filter wool floss that comes in a bag as a mass of floss, just pull it apart to get a piece large enough to fill the space. I've used this in an emergency (when I had only Eheims, and couldn't get replacement pads) but I prefer the pads made for the filter.
I've never used Fluval filters myself, but they are widely used and aquarists seem satisfied with them. And they are usually less expensive. Eheims are probably the best, but they are considerably more expensive and in my area only one store carries them (Eheim works on franchises in North America so only one outlet in an area can carry them) and they never seem to have replacement stuff/parts/etc. When I wanted a new filter in July I therefore went with Rena because it had slightly better reviews than Fluval. I'm happy (so far) with the Rena, it is much the same as Eheim. But of course I don't know how long the Rena will perform; I've had one of my Eheims running continuously for 12 years now, and the other for seven years, and neither has ever had any problems. Eheim has been in the business for decades, and they are certainly well made if more expensive.