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soco1125 02-05-2007 12:29 AM

Need help choosing a canister filter
 
Since apparently the sponge/powerhead combo that's currently in my new 55g isn't enough, I've decided to move it into my old 55g to supplement my Penguin Bio-Wheel 330 and put something better in the new tank. I've never used a canister filter but what I've read seems to suggest that they're really good. These are the models that I've spent the past 3 hours online looking at:

Rena FilStar xP2 (rated to 75g) or xP3 (rated to 175g)
Fluval 305 (rated to 70g) or 405 (rated to 100g)

(I've also looked at Cascade, Tetratec, and Eheim. However, I've read less than impressive reviews on the Cascade and the Tetratec and Eheim are a bit out of my price range.)

I have read several comments on here about the benefits of over-filtration, but at what point does it become redundant? I have found both of these models online for around $100, so it's really a matter of which filter is the most reliable and efficient. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, I'd appreciate it a lot.

magic_marty 02-05-2007 12:44 AM

we have a magnum 350 pro and it does a really good job.Plus the pro version comes with 2 bio wheel attachments witch are real nice.its rated at 350 gph but as with all canisters the manufactures rate filters with no restricted flow (media...carbon..plus location of the filter) ...something you might keep in mind.if they say 350gph i figure they will do more like 200gph after the media and the plumbing are added.but i must say the magnum we have really moves alot of water not only is it powering the bio wheels it also has the split defuser witch puts out a bunch of water flow and aids to the top circulation on the tank..

Lonewolfblue 02-05-2007 12:45 AM

My recommendation is the XP3 for the 55G, works very well.

Derek-M 02-05-2007 06:32 AM

If It is down to the Rena or Fluval then I would go with the Rena..Imho I believe it to be of better build quality and less likely to go wrong

soco1125 02-08-2007 11:07 PM

Will go with the Rena xP3 as soon as I have the funds. Thanks all :)

Rue 02-09-2007 08:29 AM

What's wrong with the Fluval filters? That's what I was planning on getting when I upgrade...

...partially because I know I can get parts for it when needed...I hate having something less common that parts are hard to get for...

Lonewolfblue 02-09-2007 08:51 AM

Maintenance on the Renas are much easier. I personally do not like Eheims or Fluvals.

Matt 02-09-2007 09:34 AM

I Recommend the Fluval 305 or 405.
I have 7 of the Fluval 405's and they work Great.

Derek-M 02-09-2007 10:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rue
What's wrong with the Fluval filters? That's what I was planning on getting when I upgrade...

...partially because I know I can get parts for it when needed...I hate having something less common that parts are hard to get for...

I got far too many customers returning with problems with the fluvals to the point I have now de-listed them...They should never have changed from the old 3 series...The Fluval FX5 on the other hand is spot on value for money and so far I have not had any problems with them

Silver Knight 02-12-2007 11:56 AM

I agree...Fluval FX-5....Takes care of business! Love the set-up:

quick disconnect.
3 tier medium baskets.
and the ever loving drain valve.
Life Is Good!!!


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