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Old 07-25-2006, 02:27 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Curious to hear views and opinions on the Eheim Pro series, compared to the Pro 2, and even to the "Classic" Eheims. Are the Pro/Pro 2 versions worth the extra???
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:58 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Just bumping Bugs question. I'm planning on picking up a canister filter on my next paycheque. Since I want to diffuse CO2 through it, a Fluval is out and I'm debating an Eheim classic 2215/2217 vs a Filstar XP3 for my 90G, but I'm wondering if the extra price of the Pro lines might be worth it. Unfortunately, the website write-ups didn't really clarify what is the benefit for the extra cost.

Can anyone give me some insight?
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:00 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Well, when a company wants higher profit margins they invent a new product. Being able to explain exactly what the benefit to the consumer might be is a bit harder to explain. As far as I can tell the Pro lines offer no substantial advantage over the classic filters. The inlet/outlet is perhaps more conveniently located and the self-priming feature might be nice. As far as I'm concerned though, this doesn't justify the jump in price. I'll be buying two 2217's for my new 180g in a few weeks. It's hard to go wrong with an Eheim classic. It will last forever and is a tried and proven design.

For what it's worth, I gave up on letting my Eheim chew up the CO2. It burped once in a while, was occasionally noisy when it chewed up a big mass of gas, and I wondered what the super-concentrated CO2 levels might be doing to the bacteria inside. I made a reactor out of $20 or $30 worth of PVC parts and I'll probably never try anything else. It works great and my CO2 seems to be much more efficiently used.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:15 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I've always preferred the Eheim Classics too, they are simple and logical in operation. The pro series are by no means bad, but imo they have have just a few more things that can go wrong with them, ie the self priming feature which I never use anyway. Dollar for dollar I can't see the advantage.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:05 PM   #45 (permalink)
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well i started this thread a very long time ago. the Rena i got way back when is still running smoothly, i now have an ehiem and a fluval that i aquired through other tank deals and they are doing fine as well, or couse they dont get maintnanced too often because the tanks are so heavily planted and run very smooth. i also got a canister designed around saltwater with a built in UVsterilizer, it hasnt been set up yet but i cant wait to see how it does.

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Old 09-26-2007, 08:06 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Hmm just noticed this thread and i have to say... My vote goes to the Eheim... i currently have 2 tanks(20gal and 10 gal) and they're running on Eheim eccos ..and they are very silent and the results are.. wow! though they are a little pricey but worth every penny spent... i just recently aquired the new Eheim Professional 3e for a much larger project... and looking forward to fix it up... so much features are built-in this new series... can't wait!

to sum it all up... Eheim is the canister filter of my choice.. and most aquarist(even the majority here in APC lol)

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Old 09-27-2007, 12:31 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Different brands, different qualities.....just like cars. Some people like BMW, some people like Ferrari, some people like Chevy or Buick......some people like scooters It's all good, as long as they work N do what they're supposed to do.

Availability is another thing. Different companies have diff marketing schemes in diff countries. J is used more in Asia bec it is made there(amongst countless other Asian brands which we will never see). E and R are both used extensively in Europe bec that's where they are made. Again, it's all good.

Same thing with substrate. You think there are only Eco Complete, Aquasoil, and Fluorite? Make a trip to Asia and Europe and you will see, again, countless spin-offs. Good for consumers and competition. More choices; more varieties. I'd be bored and sick if I have to eat the same food everyday.(Actually, I do if rice counts LOL ).
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:38 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I have the Marineland C220 canister filter. In short, it works great.
The only complaint I have with it is the lack of input/output options. But with 3/4" hoses(easy to find hose barbs), there is nothing that can't be assembled out of pvc and painted black...
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