I'm seeing lots of different canister filters on ebay and looks like SunSun\AquaTop 302 filters and the CFS500's are in my ideal price range. Anyone have any long term experience with either? I've read a few reviews saying they are both "okay" but there wasn't any follow up saying how long they lasted or if there was any maintenance problems.
I just broke down my sump and only kept one 29g tank. That one now has a HOB filter on it, so it's time for something a little better.
i have both. the 500 was on my 55 and the sunsun is on my 20 currently.
both worked great, you can't go wrong with either.
However, I'd recommend the sunsun over the cfs500 for the simple reason that the 500, at least a 1-1.5 years ago, requires a new rubber seal that is not as thick as the stock one. it has been known to crack the connection ports on the lid. over tightening of the lid can also cause issues.
I have a Sunsun, the handles of the baskets suck and can be heck to get out. Plastic nuts over the pipes will crack, so better to replace them before using. One of mine broke, but no leaks. Pumps up water 4ft to my 110g w/o any issues.