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View Poll Results: which filter?
Aqua Clear by hagen 1 9.09%
Emperor Bio-Filter 4 36.36%
Marineland Penguin Bio-wheel power filter 0 0%
rena filstar 1 9.09%
vortex diatom filter 1 9.09%
EHEIM Classic external canister 4 36.36%
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post #11 of 15 Old 10-24-2006, 07:10 PM
All canisters use O-rings, I guess, to create a good seal. Eheims have been known to be very good filters, solild, strong motors. I believe their Eheim classic canister filters are the first ones made, and are STILL being made.

I own an Eheim Pro II 2128, 2 Eheim Ecco 2234, an Eheim Ecco 2236, and a FilStar XP3, along with Aquaclear 20, 2 Marineland Emperor 280s and an Marineland Emperor 400, The Emperor 400 was my first filter, which was after I had used UGF filters. I had heard so much about Eheim filters, so I decided to buy one. With it being my first canister filter, I had nothing to compare it to, so I couldn't really say I was impressed.

I later purchased a FilStar XP3, becuase I heard it was 2nd to the Eheim, but not the best quality compared to Eheim. The casing on the Eheim Pro II appeared to be sturdier than the FilStar. When the FilStar media pads got clogged, the flow would tend to slow down, which is very noticeable. The Eheim canister filter does not appear to slow down, so I would have to occassionally check to see if I need to replace the media pads. Also the Eheim Pro II 2128 appears to hold more media compared to the Filstar XP3. Both filters are supposed to be for aquariums up to 150 gallons. I had some extra media that I used on my Eheim Pro II 2128. Strangely, the extra media was enough to fill ALL the media trays in my FilStar XP3, which I knew would not be enough to completely fill the Eheim Pro II 2128.

I have heard that people have had problems with FilStar filter O-rings require replacement soon and also lubricating the connections, but I haven't had to do that with mine yet. Though I have the replacements parts already.

I recently purchased Eheim Ecco filters, becuase I needed smaller filters for smaller tanks. I actually like the Eheim Ecco filters, becuase they are allot simpler to use. Even much simpler than the Eheim Pros. The handle makes it easy to stop/prime the filter and also carry the filter from the tank to the sink for easy cleaning.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-25-2006, 06:17 PM
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Cool, I just put in an order for an Aquaclear for my 30 gallon and an Eheim Ecco canister for my 46 gallon. Gotta try em out.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-25-2006, 06:26 PM
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EHEIM all the way baby! oh and dont go for the ecco- tis poor design and as for the media thats poor to so you dont need it lol :) course this is only my humble opinion, i keep saying it and i will keep on saying it the best media is pourous cermaics- best to get the tubes, they are so infinetly better than sponges!
I first started with the ecco- i still have it in my shed- poor design poor system, i think the only reason this sells is because it self primes, the classic still sells because it is a simple design less to go wrong, and the idea is better!- water goes in the bottom comes out the top so making use of al the media, where as the ecco has water in and out at the top- anyway i have bought 3 classics they are all working and are all hooked up to aquariums still.
I would go along with the advice tht you should go for a greater capacity than your tank, better safe than sorry - you dont want to underspend on what will be the heart of your tank. If you dont choose eheim make sure you choose a filter with flow taps, chances are you wont need the full flow, so its always good to have the option of turning it down.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-30-2006, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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what about a fluval 304 versus a eheim 2015, 2222, or 2213?



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post #15 of 15 Old 10-30-2006, 07:31 PM
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Ok here is my advice just go for the eheim, its prettier if nothing else, seriously look at those ugly intake /outpipes on the fluval- they will be visible in your tank lol :)
Im sure you can get alot of fluval for your money but quality is what you are looking at here. some of the greatest tanks are run on eheims, im sure fluval will work but i have seen aquarium owners with fantastic tanks that will only trust their prize possessions with eheim.
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