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cdiienno32
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PostPosted: 2010.10.03(Sun)7:22    Post subject: Best canister filter? Reply with quote

I'm on the fence about what canister filter to purchase. I already have a RENA xp3 on one of my tanks, but I don't think I'll get another one. I was looking at the fluval fx5...anyone recommend this brand or any other brands? Thanks
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2010.10.03(Sun)11:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eheim is always an excellent brand to go with.
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PostPosted: 2010.10.04(Mon)1:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darkblade48 wrote:
Eheim is always an excellent brand to go with.

I agree.

You could go with another rena, or a fluval but Eheim is one of the best.
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PostPosted: 2010.10.04(Mon)9:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do hear great things about Eheim.

Personally I've only had two Fluval canisters (I'm still using both) and I love them. Very easy to maintain, lots of room for media and very quiet - actually too quiet since one accidentally had the cord pulled out of the socket and wasn't even running. I check my tanks many times a day to make sure everything is good and realized there was no water movement. I would have never known if I didn't do the visual inspection regularly.
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PostPosted: 2010.10.05(Tue)6:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my PennPlax 1000 (up to 100 gal 265gph)

Big baskets for media, for less $$$$.
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PostPosted: 2010.10.06(Wed)2:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only had my cascade 700 for a short while but it is silent, the water is crystal (even during and after the black water incident) and if you set it up right creates an excellent current and has great aeration
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2010.10.07(Thu)6:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

FrogSplash wrote:
I've only had my cascade 700


And Cascade and PennPlax are the same company
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PostPosted: 2010.10.16(Sat)11:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the cascade canisters, quiet simple and easy to clean without worrying with a bunch of funky parts.

I HATE fluvals, pain in the neck to clean, never prime right, and noisy! I will never buy another fluval again!
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PostPosted: 2010.10.16(Sat)18:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had a problem with a Fluval and they are very easy to prime if you keep the hoses long.
I had one Eheim & never again.
I had an Aquapro ( the UK branding of Cascade) which only lasted 5 years and spares are not available.

I'll stick with Fluvals.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.15(Mon)11:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run a new Fluval 405 and disagree completely with Fern. Easy to maintain, the prime works great and means you don't have to carry a canister full of water back to the tank. Adjustable water flow, the hoses detach with one flip of a lever. Lots of room and options for filter media storage.

I used to have an older MarineLand Magnum, and that thing was horrid to work with. Always had to keep a mop on hand, as water would definitely end up all over the place as I wrangled that piece of junk.
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