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post #1 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
canister for my 75 gallon

oops, didn't mention i got a new 75 gallon, did i? SWEET!

question is: which filter to get? what's your opinion about the best and worst brand and/or model?

is it better to get one large one or two small ones in case one breaks down?

i'll start a new comparison thread once i get some initial feedback on fave models, etc.

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post #2 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 05:57 AM
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Well, I'd always advocate getting two for the reason you mentioned.

Will this tank be planted, or no? What're you stocking it with?

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post #3 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
planted: absolutely

stocking: not sure. will probably move my yo-yo loaches and increase their numbers, beyond that i haven't thought about it. most likely something energetic (tetras?) that can handle the high energy loaches.

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post #4 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 11:54 AM
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planted: absolutely

stocking: not sure. will probably move my yo-yo loaches and increase their numbers, beyond that i haven't thought about it. most likely something energetic (tetras?) that can handle the high energy loaches.
Congrats on a new tank. How about some Congo tetras to go with those yo-yos? :)

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post #5 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 03:10 PM
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Awesome congratulations. So that makes what tank no4 now?

I'd get me a Eheim Canister on it - surprisingly

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post #6 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
i've been leaning toward an eheim pro but my friend keeps badgering me about saving money and getting a fluval. i was waiting to see any complaints about the fluvals. i am a skeptic of lower priced items, not that i can afford to stay stocked on the high ticket brands.

congo tetras...now there's an idea i hadn't thought of. maybe!

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post #7 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 06:05 PM
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I donno about fluval these days but I bought one about uhm 4-5yrs ago; hooked it up used it- tossed it out I hated it. Like the Eheim 2213 for 55g I know what to expect there and the fluval in comparison did have no flow to it and was built super crappy to say the least.

You know I recently found Cascade filters for me I was sceptically at first as well but then bought 1 larger Internal one to test and I have no complains; I'd pers if I bought another larger tank wanna test their canisters check them out here Cascade Canister Filters, Canister Filters | Pet Solutions I just seen them today when I got the new catalog and thought about it.

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post #8 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 06:13 PM
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I wouldn't put anything on it other than a Rena or an Eheim. And I'd do the German crap second lol
My Rena primed and started running from the first minute. It's been flawless and I can't hear it at all. And it is a breeze to take apart and clean. You may get an Eheim cheaper. You may not. The only Eheim I would do would be a classic canister. SECOND after a Rena, of course.
Eheim are way over rated. I've read that in several places. They are good filters. But they are hyped up a lot. A Rena Filstar XP4 on that baby with an integrated intake heater and you're set. My integrated heater was set at 78 degrees on the knob by me and it's holding 78 in the tank and hasn't moved a bit.

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post #9 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 08:02 PM
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And Rena's are still louder than Eheims. I read that in several places too Eric :)

Really it comes down to what you want in a filter. I bought the Eheim 2128 P2 thermofilter for my 90g and I am very happy so far. Are they over priced? Maybe at regular price but I got mine at 30% off and it was as cheap as the similiar Rena which doesn't have the heating element. For what its worth my final decision was down to Rena vs Eheim and in the end I chose Eheim. Fluval was the only one I read a lot more bad than good about. Keep in mine all our of posts are our opinions which we have formed on research. Part of asking this question is your research (full marks there) but please do some more as well and then make your own decision which fits for you.

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post #10 of 18 Old 02-24-2010, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
well now i'm just torn. torn i tell you.

my lfs doesn't even stock the eheim series so he'd have to special order it.

would you do two canisters for, say, an equivalent of the capacity in gallons of a large one, or two that would independently support a 75 gallon tank?

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