04-07-2010, 12:57 AM
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I'd recommend not getting that filter at all.. It's cheap plastic, and was made for the sucker. Go with a eheim 2217. There are only a few parts, and it's a beast of a filter. I have 4 of them and have had 2 of them for more then 4 years now. Only thing you have to do every 6 months or so is just do a full cleaning. of the unit. Twice a year. Unless you got alot of debris going into it, it could clog eventually and you might have to do a cleaning between the 6 months. There is some setup and they supply enough tubing for a 5 foot high tank. It makes no noise either.
Couple of draw backs though, you gotta make sure your output tube is always in the water :P I had one one time unstick from the glass and the output hose started to aim up as it was falling out of the tank, and I had 70 gallons of water in my front office at work. So I just made sure that Instead of putting the output hose horizontal now all my tanks have them vertical so that doesn't happen again.
I give the 2217 my stamp of approval on all levels of filtration.