12-29-2011, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Quantum
I have the 105, it's pretty good, probably functions as well as any, but there are issues that would probably keep my from buying again.
1 - no spraybar - had to make my own with plumbing supplies
2 - the quick release/shut off valve for the hose attachment is difficult to operate at times
3 - the brackets that hold the hoses over the side of the tank are cumbersome
Unless they've changed these things with the 06 models, I won't be a buyer. Looking around at alternatives, I think I personallly would go with either the Eheim classic 2211 (cheaper) or the Rena XP1 (probably about the same price, maybe a little more) rated at 40 gals and 45 gals, respectively
Thanks Quantum. It sounds like Eheim is the better way to go because they have a better reputation than Fluval. I like the Eheim Ecco Pro, so that is added to my list of options. I am willing to pay the $20 or so extra dollars for a more reliable brand. You mentioned the Eheim Classic, but after looking into it, it just looked and sounded to out dated. The fact that it didn't have a primer ruled it out for me.