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filtration for a 180 gallon
Old 01-02-2007, 12:39 AM   #11
 
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O rings was surely the biggest problem with the eheims, and sometimes more often than it should have been... but overall, with ALL filters of ALL types, the problems stemmed from lack of maintenance.

I've never had any problem with bypass in the Cascade filter, and like I said, I've been running the 1500 model on my 220 of 6+ yrs now. I also never had leakage problems or cloudy water problems, and my oscars are pigs. That is the one tank that is lax on water changes because it is at my ex's house... He started that tank with HOB filters, and always had problems with noise, mess, and accessibility issues. The HOB he had were cheap and didn't work well. Since putting the Cascade on there, I've never had any problems.

If I had a choice between the FX5 and the Eheim, I'd still go with FX5, simply because they have more "features", run equally as well, and for a portion of the price. I just was not impressed with the FX5... I didn't find it to be worth the cost, and I don't think Eheim's products are all worth the money they charge for them.

When it came time to stock our parts wall, Eheim was the one that always had the biggest order, the biggest need for stocking. Anything from O rings to impellar assemblies, we were always selling out of them, and people were always bringing us Eheims that were leaking or clogged.
I have an older style Eheim and I honestly don't care for it because it's hard to prime, making maintenance a pain in the butt. I've worked with the newer ones, but never understood why, in freshwater, they were "so much better". I just have never seen any proof of this.

My husband was always an Eheim enthusiast, until I introduced him to the Cascade. We sat with both filters, and I asked him to show me how Eheim was better... and then we compared the 2. What we found surprised him enough that he gave the Cascade a chance... and now it's one of the filters he reccomends to others almost as much as I do. I am currently bugging Penn Plax to do something better with the valves, because I like the way the new Eheim valves pop off in one piece, creating a good seal when doing maintenance... but outside of that (which to me wasn't worth THAT much more money), we couldn't find much for differences in functionability... not enough to justify the cost differences.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:08 AM   #12
 
I have (2) 300g tanks, (1) 150g tank, and (2) 125g tanks. I run a combination of filters in all of my tanks. In the 300's for example I have (4) Magnum 350's, (4) Marineland 400 powerfilters, and (6) Marineland 660 powerheads using reverse flow(yes I still use undergravel plates!). My tanks are VERY full of fish. In one 300 alone, I have well over 500 cichlids, clown loaches, lahachata loaches, a dwarf giraffe cat, and a smattering of synodontis' including a 12" gray synodontis(and he's a bruiser). I guess I'm kinda like Toolman Tim, if one is enough, two is better. I try to turn my water over a minimum of 6-8 times per hour as a starting point. Most of my tanks are being filtered at 2-3 times that rate.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:16 AM   #13
 
Ehiem filters are overated and overpriced. I do have four of them but 2 were won as door prizes and 2 came with a setup I purchased 2nd hand. I do not think i would buy one as their are many an the market just as good and more user freindly. My old Magnum 330s are my favorite, but they aren't made any more. The HOT models don't get my vote either. The new Magnum 350's are as close as I can get to my old favorite. I hate to say it, but, I like the old Vortex models better than I like Eheim. Am I giving away my age now?
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:39 AM   #15
 
craze -- don't tell me you use the fiber inserts et al in your canisters. I have a snipit of help for you. I covered my intake tubes with a foam "sock" and use open spheres in the compartment of my canister as a media for my bacteria to collect on. I still use the sock that fits over the filter chamber, but, believe me, it sure cut back on the cleaning and maintainance of those canisters. All I have to do is clean the sponge sock on the intake tube about every other week. Canister maintaniance is down to about once every 3-4 months now.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:17 AM   #16
 
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:34 PM   #17
 
Craze - I guess being old(me) doesn't necessarily mean you're the first and only one to fabricate "new and improved" equipment, huh? I will bet you one thing though, when the call chow time, I'm mighty tough to beat. May I ask why you don't use another sponge pre-filter instead of the mesh?
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:27 AM   #19
 
craze - it's not being anal. I read some where that they call it "taking pride" in one's possessions. Ain't nothin' wrong with that!
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:15 AM   #20
 
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That's an awesome idea for the intakes, eddie, thanks for sharing it with us!!! :o
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