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jonny steele 09-16-2010 07:25 PM

What new Canister Filter to Buy??
 
ok, finally got $150 saved up. Im wanting to buy a canister filter, i so tired of the HOB fitlers and all there problems.

What one should i get? Im used to using carbon HOB filters, so i know nothing about the canisters, i didnt even know there were some that didnt use carbon, lol.

I have a 55g tank, and i want to get one that is rated a lil higher than that. It seems everytime a get a filter that says is for a 55g, it never seems to work well.

Right now im looking at a Marineland Magnum 350 filter. Shows to be rated for up to 100g with a 350 gph flow rate.

If anyone has a better suggestion of a canister filter that i can buy locally at a store and would be great for my tank, let me know!!!

Romad 09-16-2010 08:27 PM

I don't have a better suggestion per se but I can tell you I'm loving my Rena Filstar XP3. It's so easy to maintain and refill.

Check it out online - you could go with the XP2 which is rated up to 75 gallons.

jonny steele 09-16-2010 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Romad (Post 472765)
I don't have a better suggestion per se but I can tell you I'm loving my Rena Filstar XP3. It's so easy to maintain and refill.

Check it out online - you could go with the XP2 which is rated up to 75 gallons.

what kind of filters does it use? Carbon? How much is one?

Romad 09-17-2010 04:38 AM

I have no carbon in mine. It comes with stacking baskets to hold the filter medium. There's some coarse sponge in one, bio media in another, flossing filter pad in top.

It's around $125 but I'm not sure how much it will cost you because you might find it cheaper online.

jonny steele 09-17-2010 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Romad (Post 472962)
I have no carbon in mine. It comes with stacking baskets to hold the filter medium. There's some coarse sponge in one, bio media in another, flossing filter pad in top.

It's around $125 but I'm not sure how much it will cost you because you might find it cheaper online.

what is bio media? How do you clean it?

Romad 09-17-2010 09:02 AM

It houses the bacteria. Here's the Planetrena link for you.

Rena XP Filstar Filters for Aquariums

jonny steele 09-17-2010 09:16 AM

ok well ive narrowed it down to 2 filters that fit my price range

1. Eheim Classic 2215 which claims up to 92g and has a flow rate of 135gph and is $119.99

2. Marineland Magnum 350 which claims to be up to 100g and 350gph at $117.99.

Now there is also a Magnum 350 pro that is the same except it comes with 2 bio wheels as well for $122.99

If anyone has used any of these filters, please let me know what you think. I want this to be the last filter i have to buy!!!

Byron 09-17-2010 07:54 PM

Filtration should be suited to the fish's needs. Not all filters suit all fish or all fish tanks.

What fish are in your 55g? Are there live plants?

jonny steele 09-17-2010 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 473461)
Filtration should be suited to the fish's needs. Not all filters suit all fish or all fish tanks.

What fish are in your 55g? Are there live plants?

yes, live plants, andi have a wide range of fish...
blood parrot
pleco
2 electric chiclids
1 gold fish
2 corys
1 shrimp

L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 09:44 PM

Ehime filters are good!


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