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Fluval 18 12.68%
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm just curious as to everyone's preference for canister filters, which is everyone's favorite brands and why, any pro's and con's for different brands the works.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you've got the $$, you can't go wrong with Eheims. If you're more $$ conscious, go with Renas. I have 2 Renas and have been quite happy with them.
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I own Eheim Classics today. I have use Marineland Magnums in the past. They are faster and cleaner to service than the Eheims, but also much noisier, due to to water cavitation in the canister. For the noise reason alone, I prefer the Eheims. I would have no hesitation about using a Marineland, though, if sound were not a priority.
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If you have the $$$, eheim is the obvious choice. Super quiet, efficient, and easy to clean. They truly are the top of the line
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Eheims I believe are postioned more for planted tanks due to their biological filteration as opposed to GPH. If you look at an Eheim canister you'll see the GPH is much lower than for example a Fluval even for the same tank size.
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If you've got the $$, you can't go wrong with Eheims. If you're more $$ conscious, go with Renas...
This basically sums up my point of view too. I've never used the Renas but have heard good things about them in terms of ease of use, quality of filtration, etc.

The Eheims have been around long enough that it's a pretty good bet that they'll last forever (some Eheim owners have been using the same filter for twenty years).

Most of the Rena XP models I've seen running have been louder than Eheims I've run. Most only a little bit louder (though several were quite a bit louder) but a bit louder than silent still makes a difference. In a cabinet it shouldn't be that much of a problem. In a bedroom...

I'm picky re the noise. I like my tanks to be silent... I find the silence adds to the "ambiance" of a tank. I also don't buy overtank hoods or lights with fans for the same reason. I get itchy watching a tank while at the same time hearing all sort of mechanical sounds coming from it and don't even get me started on the wonderful sounds of airpumps/aeration. So please note that my sound threshold is probably different from others!
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Eheim is the only thing for me, I know it will work for ever and there will always be spare parts available for it.

I once bought a Fluval inner filter as a replacement for an Eheim i destroyed by boiling it, but i had to exchange it the next day to the original Eheim because of the noise.

I have at the moment 5 Eheim's running at home and nothing else.
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Would have voted for Jebo filter if it was there. Their price simply beats everything else by far IMO.
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For long term use nothing comes even close to an Eheim.

Second best are the Fluvals. But after several months a lot of them get noisy.

Every other brand canister filters with built in motor is trash. That includes the Magnum 350 which has clips that appear to be made of recycled soda cans and a canister volume that is pathetic.

The Jebos are filters that one should buy only if there is no other option - sort of like eating at McDonalds... close your eyes, breath shallow and chew...

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Eheim. No question about it. They're silent, easy to clean and trouble-free long term.

I like Fluvals about as much as dental work.
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