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Talking I dont EVER want an Eheim! The Filstar PIMP club!!!!

So i heard all this "hype" about the Eheim line of canister filters and almost gave in to getting the Eheim Ecco model but thankfully i did not... I went and got me a Filstar XP 2 for my 29 gallon aquarium, and i am left wondering.. how the hell can an Eheim really be that much better anyways? I have heard people say things about how the Filstar line of canister filters make noise where Eheims dont, yet i have turned off everything in my living room and got down with my ear right by my XP2 and i can barely hear anything at all! These filters are about as silent as you can get! I think my UV filter makes more noise! To add to it, my water has never been so clear before, its just absolutely amazingly clear, has absolutely no smell, and my plants seem to be pearling much much more than they used to. Also, i have noticed that the XP2 had everything i needed with it, it even had a spraybar! I thought that the filter would take me about an hour or longer to get together and working... it took me 5 minutes! And i had no leaks what so ever! The priming was so easy, all i had to do is poor a small glass of water into the tube through the syphon intake and then screw the little lid thingy back on, flip the switch down, and i was good to go! You cant get much more easier than that! Then if you have to clean the filter you just flip the switch up and it totally shuts the water off so i can just disconnect the assembly at the top and pick the filter up and do your cleaning. I am just so extremely happy with this filter, its a great little filter and it does its job very very well and it only put me out 80 dollars and that is including the shipping! This product is DEFINATELY recommended!!!!
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post #2 of 738 (permalink) Old 05-01-2005, 09:22 PM
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Different ppl have different degrees of sensibility towards noise. Some swear Filstars are silent, others insist they are some noisy buggers. It just depends

Thanks for the excited review, you bought a good filter
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I got 2-xp3s and I love these filters too! I say we start a Filstar PIMP club.

I'm so tired of these Eheim pimps trashing everything that aint an Eheim. Morinfen You can be pimp #1 and I'll be pimp #2. Even though everybody knows, me, buck and rex are the original Filstar pimps, you can be #1 since you got me all fired up to stsrt ThePimpClub.

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The priming was so easy, all i had to do is poor a small glass of water into the tube through the syphon intake and then screw the little lid thingy back on, flip the switch down, and i was good to go!
I know most folks say their Eheim's easy to prime, but priming my 2026 gives me a hard workout every time. I HATE priming that sucker.
Hmm, maybe I will look at the Filstars next time I browse thru my fishwish books.

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I know most folks say their Eheim's easy to prime, but priming my 2026 gives me a hard workout every time. I HATE priming that sucker.
I'll guess that you start it before the tank is filled up all the way. The primer can only move the water about 4 inches so trying when the tank level is more than 4 inches from the edge is a waste of time. If that isn't it, then you probably have a loop in the line that has an air bubble in it.

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From personal experience... fill the durned canister up before buttoning up the lid. That way you only have the hoses to fill. Now...as to hoses... I haven't owned a Filstar, though they seem to be easy to find locally (wonder why?) so I have no idea about how the intakes and outlets are but... the only way I could get my fluval primed was to dunk the entire hose in the tank and even then, I usually ended up with an airbubble at the elbow. I've never had any problems getting the hoses primed with the 2026.

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I've had my XP3 for around a year now. It has been a good, efficient, cost-effective filter. But, in all honesty, I wish mine were a bit quieter. My house in Florida is a very open floor plan, and in the evenings when I'm getting ready for bed, I can hear the humming for a couple rooms away. I've tried wrapping a towel around it, and it does sit inside a closed stand (on the front anyway). But, it has got a hum....and I'm not the most sensitive hearer in the world...though perhaps that is a frequency I'm sensitive to?!?

I still recommend the Rena, but at times I think about trying an Eheim to see if it'll be quieter. I wonder if I could order a new impeller or such to see if it might quiet it down some??

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So it is started! The filstar pimp club and the canister pimp wars hahahaha. Im filstar pimp #1!!! W00t! As far as filstar noise, i just cant understand this filter having noise! I have it on a flat hard surface enclosed to where if it had any noise to it, it seems it would vibrate and enhance the noise, but like i said... no noise!! Hehehe....

So the Filstar Pimpdom begin....
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Here it is.... w00t

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Aaaaa, the joys of discovering a Cannister Filter .
Answering consumer demands manufacturers have gotten really good lately in regards to the noise of cannisters. To hear my newly acquired Fluval 104 I have to open the stand door and actually stick my head IN the stand.
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The war!? I guess I have to pick a side!

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Eheim Eheim Eheim! Yeah, Eheim Eheim Eheim... someones jealous.....
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post #13 of 738 (permalink) Old 05-02-2005, 10:30 AM
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I owned two Filstars... one Xp3 and one Xp1, both works perfectly for me. Noise is definately bareable. I tried many times to buy an Eheim yet can never find a good reason to pay for the premium. That why I drives an Infiniti instead of BMW. Go Rena, Go Filstar
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I know lots of satisfied people driving Yugo’s too. Glad you are happy.

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Guess that makes me Filstar Pimp #3. I love my XP2.

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