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post #11 of 13 Old 02-25-2013, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by jentralala View Post
Byron - For media, is this the same as the Fluval Biomax? It looks similar to me. Biological Filter Media for Aquariums: Imagine Bio Modules Filter Insert for AquaClear Power Filters

I've been looking around price matching and this seems to be the cheapest.
That looks the same, but it may not be, though they do call it ceramic. I'll explain.

In the Eheim and Rena canisters (and Fluval, probably others as well) the first media through which the water passes is ceramic disks or circles. The intent is simply to trap the larger stuff so the later media and pads don't get clogged as fast. Eheim calls this Ehfimech, Fluval calls it Pre-Filter, I can't remember Rena's name for the same thing. They all say this never needs replacing, you just rinse it off.

The second media is the "biological" stuff, Eheim calls it Ehfisubstrat, Fluval calls it BioMax, can't remember Rena again. Technically speaking with plants you don't need this, but the basket is there, so I fill it. They all recommend replacing this, I never have in 15 years, just rinse it.

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post #12 of 13 Old 02-25-2013, 06:48 PM
I would go with a cannister I have 2 on my 120 a fluval and a eheim I find the eheim easy to open the fluval takes me forever to open both have shut off valves bothe are easy to clean once they are open
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-25-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. At this point I am thinking I will probably go with the Rena since price wise it fits nicely in the budget, and the reviews that I have been seeing for it are favorable. Thanks Byron for the info on how you set up your media, extent helpful since this will be my first canister filter. Byron I would be tickled to get 10 years without having to replace any major components.

Well now I have even more motivation to sit down and get my taxes done and filed. Should be getting a return this year, so will be going towards getting needed equipment and depending on how far it goes maybe some plants and livestock.
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