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Filters!!!!

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by travdawg, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. travdawg

    travdawg Guru Class Expert

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    New question for you old timers!

    I am lookin at filters, the big 3 seem to be Eheim, Filstar, & Fluval. Form personal acounts, & reviews... it seems that the Fluval is out the window. So that brings it down to the Mercedes of Eheim, & the more economical Filstar. To me, the Rena Filstar XP 3 seems to give the best bang for the buck... However, I was wondering if any of you have had any experience with the Penn Plax Cascade Canisters??? They look nice, but I have been unable to find any opinions on them anywhere...

    If you all have an opinion to share in regards to any of these filters, please post them!!! I would love to reach a higher level of enlightenment before I commit to a purchase!!!

    *meditates on filters*

    OMMMM OMMMM OMMMM
     
  2. chubasco

    chubasco Guru Class Expert

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    Re: Filters!!!!

    Travdawg, check out Via Aqua filters, too....aaahhhhrroooffff

    Bill
     
  3. Ian H

    Ian H Guru Class Expert

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    Re: Filters!!!!

    There are many pretenders but only one Eheim (range). Quiet, efficient and long lived. I can't exactly remember how long ago I bought my 2213 original but it's at least 20 years. I've never replaced any part except the media. Still going very strong. If I ever need another filter you would have to produce a very convincing argument to make me stray from Eheim, even if it was twice the pretenders price.

    Old timer signing off now to have a nap.

    Ian
     
  4. m lemay

    m lemay Prolific Poster

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    Re: Filters!!!!

    IMO the Filstars are the best filters in thier price range. If money is no object then get an Ehiem.


    Marcel
     
  5. Laith

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    Re: Filters!!!!

    Eheim... Eheim... Eheim...

    Need I say more? :D
     
  6. fishface

    fishface Guest

    Re: Filters!!!!

    got 2 xp1's and an xp3 and nary a problem...great econonomics tons of media space!
     
  7. Tom Barr

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    Re: Filters!!!!

    I have Via Aqua's, no issues.
    I do not like the Fluvals.
    Ehiems are good.
    ADA has some 380-500$ canisters:)
    There are other things when you get into these price ranges(Ehiems).

    I like sumps for larger tanks, canisters for 75gal or less.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  8. BIGFOOTRoger

    BIGFOOTRoger Junior Poster

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    I concur.............2 -----XP3 's ,CO2, T5 HO 4 X 54W.Fluorite, Setting in 18W UV soon.

    Ease of use,Large Media Area, Good Flowrate, Self priming !

    Roger
    East Lansing , Michigan

    Of Course .......Got my 2---XP3's on two deals ................One for $80 and One for $50............Hard to beat.
     
  9. BIGFOOTRoger

    BIGFOOTRoger Junior Poster

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    ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    namaste
    baba nam kevalam
     
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