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Old 01-14-2009, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default What's Best for Canister Filters?

Years ago, I used 2 Marineland Magnum 350 canister filters (for a 75 gal tank) that were simple to operate and gave good service.

I've returned to the hobby after a long absence, and the current design of these filters is very disappointing. The media container (which used to be one piece with a lid) is now a fold up piece with a separate screen. The trouble is that the fold up piece doesn't stay together and the screen falls out while I'm trying to fill it. Guess I need about 4 more hands to hold this contraption together .

What do you recommend, these days, for canister filters? Or is there another type of filter that I should consider. I've tried power filters, but they don't seem to move enough water.

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You'll get lots of answers on this one. IMO, the top of the lines are the Eheims, hands down. If money is an issue, I would look into the Rena's, and then down on from there. I'm sure you'll get other opinions on this.
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I like the Rena Filstar XPs. They can't be beat for cost and availability of filter media. You can go to your local big box fish store and get the supplies.

I just got to Eheims. I haven't had them long enough to tell, but I do like the flow and the size. The scuttle-butt is that they are the best...



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You guys are the best. Thanks for the opinions.

LOL, after fooling with that media container all afternoon, I either need a blood pressure pill or a Jack Daniels.

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Rena XP's are very nice. If you can upgrade a bit, the Fluval FX5 is REALLY nice.
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Personally, the 3 best are the:
1. Eheim Classic
2. Eheim Classic
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Yeah, Eheim Classics!!!!
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I agree with the Eheims.
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I love my Eheim. <3
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well i love my XP3
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