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View Poll Results: What is your favorite canister filter brand
Fluval 18 12.68%
Marineland 9 6.34%
Ehiem 93 65.49%
Rena 25 17.61%
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Why bother with anything else? Mr. Eheim invented (and perfected) the canister filter for aquarium use. Ditto on what everyone else said.

They are a bit more expensive, but as far as Eheims are concerned, you get what you pay for.
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've had a couple of fluvals over the last 15 years and currently have a 304 on my 55 gallon with no complaints. What intrigues me about the Eheim Classic is the packing of the media reminds me of the dynaflo and aquaking HOB's I used many ( >20 ) years ago. None of these premade cartridges, media baskets, bypass problems etc. I know I may be getting a bit nostalgic but those were my favorite filters and IMO the best. Sometimes when things move forward they actually move backwards. Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is I'd give the Eheim a shot. If and when I decide to replace the Fluval I'll be trying one.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I do not share your view of the Jebo filter. In fact it is considered the filter of choice in china. I have had several Jebos working for more then a year and they have worked beautifully. My only dislike is the shut off valve which tends to crack easily. However this is an accessory piece in my opinion and it does not detract from the overall experience with using these economic filters.

I owned a Fluval 304, and it crapped out after a year of use after getting noisy.

I have seen several Eheims in the old pet store that I used to work at that did not pump very well and had problems keeping the flow going. They were not that old either.

IMO cost is definitely worth putting into the equation of which filter is best.
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IMO cost is definitely worth putting into the equation of which filter is best.
Best for someone's situation or best period? Aren't those two different things?
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I dont find cost to be all that much but, I think that if your money is concerened. I would put mine towards a fluval. I purchased one and it has been, ultra silent and care free. I do want to replace the hoses they gave me because I think when they get warm. They are a bit to flemzy.
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Eheims are like what everyone else has said, Jebaos are cheaper versions of the Eheims..
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wow there seems to be several opinions going around. i have worked in fish and pet stores for years now, i asked this question to get some feedback from this community, who's opinion i value along with your knowledge. i remember when the first box fluvals came out years ago, they had all sorts of problems. now the new fluvals have ceramic impellors just like ehiem and rena, now the only issue with ehiem is the cost, i dont believe i have met anyone who was unhappy with one, it seems ehiems would end up on tank after tank. i remember lots of people looking for parts to the ehiem so they could change the set up using their ehiem. however i have taken apart the rena and the construction seems very good, im not sure about the quiet yet for it is not up and running just yet, but i will be sure to let you all know if it is quiet enough for me, if they still carried ehiems at my store i would have gotten one of them but they dont and 30 percent off is a big motivator lol, thanks for the great input, oh and on the jebo's it des seem like a knock off just like their filter tops are knock offs of eclipse tops, doesnt mean they are not quality just that they are not the original, i have worked on a jebo or two doing maintnance and it seemed a little bulky getting it going again, i like the shut off handle/valve on the rena, and i believe the new fluval has it too, anyway it still kept the tank pretty damn clean so as long as it last, but i didnt include it on my poll because i dont really see them for sale in my area (Houston) much. Sorry not trying to be prejudicial to any brands
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I vote for Jebo, it's really quiet.
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I have 3 fluvals going right now, two 304s, and a 204... basically I chose these over Eheim because they were less expensive... and I do like the baskets for seperating filter material...

The only downsides to these that I've found after about 2 years running is that you have to keep the impeller clean in order to maintain silence, but this is not a problem if you remember to wipe it off everytime you do maintenance. Also, if the filter baskets are overpacked and not locked into place properly they will exert pressure on the motor housing, causing it to lift up just enough to cause some leakage. Other than that they've been a pretty good alternative to their more pricey kin... although, when the day comes and have to replace them, I'll probably go Eheim, just based on all the good things I've heard.
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I have 2 eheim 2215s, both of which are are over 16 years old. They work great and I only clean them every 6 months or so. I also have a new Rena XP-1. To me, it's as quiet as the eheims, but needs to be cleaned more frequently. I use both as CO2 reactors as well and have never had either brand lock up as a result.

I also have a Fluval 204 and a pair of Fluval 103s. I personally like the 103s better than the newer models. They are all noisy, however, and they all lock up if you use them as CO2 reactors. And I absolutely hate the hoses and fittings that come with the newer Fluvals. Fluval would be last on my list of recommendations.
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