JBL Canister Review
So last week I spent several hours picking out a new canister filter for my new 125L tank. I was torn between the Fluval 206 and the Tetratec EX700. I have previously used Fluval and Tetra canisters and found them reasonably okay products. I have found dis-advantages to both though. My Fluval was noisy and didn't have carry handles. The Tetratec used plastic pipes which went a weird glowing-white colour after a few months, and the spray bar is c**p.
Anyway, I eventually picked out the Fluval 206, mainly due to the price of £62, and that I didn't like Tetra's pipe work. I went to the shop to collect it and got side-tracked after seeing they stocked the JBL filters.
JBL is a German brand which isn't really very popular in the UK, only a handful of shops stock JBL products. My like for JBL started a while back when I was looking for a decent testing kit. I ended up choosing the JBL NH4 testing kit because it would read down to 0.05 compared to API's which started at 0.25. Being impressed with that I ended up purchasing the NO2, NO3, PO4, O2, GH, and KH testing kits. All of which have been excellent. From there I went on to purchase JBL filter media, food, water conditioner, etc... All of which have been top quality.
So when I saw the JBL filter in store, which I didn't even know they sell in the UK, I dropped the Fluval and ended up purchasing the JBL CristalProfi e701 for £82, which turned out to be much better value for money.
Most filters come with ceramic bio rings, or plastic bio balls. I was impressed that JBL had included the ceramic rings, plus a box of MicroMec balls worth £13. For those that don't know MicroMec is similar to Seachem Matrix. On top of that, the filter also came with a JBL 300W heater (which looks majorly high-tec) worth £22. So when you take off the cost of the heater and MicroMec which I was going to purchase anyway, the filter cost me £47. That's a bargain!
I know from experience the Tetra EX filters are virtually silent. I am pleased to say the JBL filter is equally as silent, possibly even quieter. There are three different output options available, a spray bar, an output nozzle similar to Fluval's, or just piped straight into the tank. They also include various connectors for piping around stuff.
So far, I am very impressed! It certainly rates better than Fluval and Tetra.
Fluval 125L (Est Apr 2013)
4 Convict Cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciata)
2 Gold Angels (Pterophyllum leopoldi)