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Help me choose a canister

I really like the Fluval 406 new design but had one about 15 years ago that I hated because I could never get it primed and it was hard to close. From what I've read about the Fluval, those issues have been resolved.

A lot of people like the Eheim but I don't like the design. It looks like it would be top heavy and not easy to close.

I love the design of the SunSun but I've read here that a lot of people think it's cheaply built.

Any other suggestions?

This is going on a 75 gallon tank.
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I wouldn't recommend the sunsun.
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I really like the Fluval 406 new design but had one about 15 years ago that I hated because I could never get it primed and it was hard to close. From what I've read about the Fluval, those issues have been resolved.

A lot of people like the Eheim but I don't like the design. It looks like it would be top heavy and not easy to close.

I love the design of the SunSun but I've read here that a lot of people think it's cheaply built.

Any other suggestions?

This is going on a 75 gallon tank.
I use a eheim classic for 2 years and I like the design of it but you don't wanna do much maintance on it. it more like a vacuumed canisters once it seal tight, don' open it alot

If you like doing a lot of maintance, washing the media and all, then the fluval would be your way to go...easy open, easy prime and cleaning

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I thought that Eheims looked top heavy too, until I filled a 2213 with water and remembered that H2O is extremely dense. I now think of it as bottom heavy, no issues with closing it either.
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My ehiem 2215 - no chance for bypass, water in the bottom, out the top. Never had a problem sealing the lid or getting on or off. Super quiet, never hear it. The media (in my case anyway) isn't compartmentalized so eventually it just all mixed together. I don't really care, it's all bio media anyway. The stock hoses are great.

Several of my Fluvals (206, 205, 304) I find these harder to prime especially if I've left the canister empty. That little priming button also breaks The media compartments are nice, but I'm never sure if the water is going all the way through the filter. Sometimes my bottom media looks way too clean. The aquastop valves are nice but the stock hoses are junk. The first thing I do is change them over to ehiem hoses lol. Also super quiet. If I don't keep the rubber ring on the lid lubed I find the filter may leak, it's happened on a couple of them. Sometimes when it's on, sometimes when I shut it off. It stops leaking, but it worries me nonetheless.

Oh, I've also never bought a brand new filter!!! Fluval's used are easier to find, which may say something about ehiem's longevity.
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My eheim's been running constantly for over 5 years now.
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Yeah my Eheim 2215 has been running for 4 years non stop and I've never had a problem. I back flush it every week when I do my water change. Only have to clean it every few months. Highly recommended.
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How do you back flush it? You don't have to unhook it from the tank to do this?
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I have a AquaTop it's a good filter Iv never had a leak on it thay are quit and have big media trys it's been runing for over a year.
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How do you back flush it? You don't have to unhook it from the tank to do this?
You have to unhook from the tank. Open the lid, poor water through the top and let it drain out the bottom. Flushes out some of the gunge so you don't have to do a complete canister clean for like 6 months!
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No I actually just detach the intake hose and open the valve attached to the bottom hose into a 5 gallon bucket. The siphon pulls the water through the spraybar and flushes the canister from top to bottom and empties into the bucket. Works like a charm and keeps my canister super clean
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No I actually just detach the intake hose and open the valve attached to the bottom hose into a 5 gallon bucket. The siphon pulls the water through the spraybar and flushes the canister from top to bottom and empties into the bucket. Works like a charm and keeps my canister super clean
Genius!!! And a water change!!
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Absolutely! Wouldn't do it any other way
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No I actually just detach the intake hose and open the valve attached to the bottom hose into a 5 gallon bucket. The siphon pulls the water through the spraybar and flushes the canister from top to bottom and empties into the bucket. Works like a charm and keeps my canister super clean
I just did this today ,by accident though.....I was fiddling with my 2211 in/out
placement ,unhooked the out and syphoning started to happen.Luckily I had a bucket nearby ....then I lowered the spraybar to suck more water until the desired level.Refilled withe fresh and voila!water change!I can't believe I stumbled over this thread a few hrs later...

Can't come to work today ,Boss......I've got Bolbitis...
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if money is not an issue i would go eheim.. i have a 2217 and its been going off and on for 15+ years.. i havent had to change anything but hoses and an o-ring once

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