06-20-2006, 08:18 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Originally Posted by Bert H
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!