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SomeDudeAtHome 03-08-2012 12:28 PM

Help me figure out which filter is best for me
 
So the current filter I have on my 40B just isn't cutting it and driving me crazy. I've decided to spend the money on a canister and just be done with it. I've narrowed it down to 3 filters and am not sure which would be best. The fish are angels, tetras, rams and cories. While I want what's best for the fish it has to be relatively quiet since it's in my room. I light buzzing won't bother me but a noise propeller will. So these are the 3 I'm looking at but am open to suggestions.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002JEK1O/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
This one's rated up to 60G so I'm not sure if the current will be too strong but I do like this one the most because of all the options with it.

http://www.amazon.com/RENA-Filstar-xP1-CANISTER-FILTER/dp/B000260FWU/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
This is my next favorite and has great reviews. Also the price is better.

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-External-Canister-Filter-Gallons/dp/B002DZNM4G
This is the third one. I will probably go with one of the other too unless someone convinces me otherwise. Ehiem do have a great reputation though.

Geomancer 03-08-2012 12:37 PM

People seam to always swear by Eheim, although I haven't really heard how they are better than another.

What about the old one isn't cutting it?

SomeDudeAtHome 03-08-2012 01:17 PM

I made a filter for it using pvc and an water pump. There's a filter on one side of the tank and the pipe leads to the water pump on the other that pulls the water through the pipes under the sand. Well I think I used pipe that was too small because there's not enough water getting to the pump when it's in the pipe and the impeller makes an awful grinding noise. I can't take it out of the substrate without ruining the whole tank so rather than try to fix it I just want to replace it.

Boredomb 03-08-2012 02:43 PM

Somedude if it was me I would not get the Ecco Pro. I think it would put out too much current for your fish especially the Angelfish. Now as far as deciding between the Rena or the Classic 2211 well I can really answer that. I have a Classic 2213 and love it but it is also the only canister filter I have had. Now I have heard good things about Rena also. So if you like it and the price is right why not give it a try. I think both would work fine.

@Geomancer my understanding behind people going with Eheim is their reputation for lasting for many many years. Plus they have been around for such a long time.

SomeDudeAtHome 03-08-2012 03:37 PM

Thanks Boredomb. How loud is the Eheim you have? I was wondering about the current being too much with the Ecco Pro. Some of the reviews I read had people saying how the current wasn't very strong and they had it on a 29g tank or something small but I figured they probably didn't know that much about fish either. I guess it's between the Rena and Eheim 2211 then. Anyone know if the flow is adjustable on either of them?

Boredomb 03-08-2012 03:59 PM

Unless I open the door on my stand and stick my ear next to the canister I cant hear it! Its that quite. Before I had it in this new stand it was sitting in the floor next to the old stand the tank was on. Now this was next to a chair in the living room and you still couldn't hear it. I have adjusted the flow on my eheim by moving the valve on output. I have no clue if you can adjust it on the Rena or not?


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