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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2005, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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so many filters so little time......

Hello all
well I suppose I'll need a filter for my 55 gal tank, I've been looking around and I have a few I would like to bounce off of ya to see what you all feel is best, cost Vs value is also something I'm looking at, anyway the filters I have been looking at so fare are
Fluval 304, Eheim Classic EH2215 and the Rena Filstar xP3
I have noticed that some just use filter pads rather than a media ? and from what I can tell, and I know I'll be wrong from some stand point or another, but it seems to me a lot of the filters I'm seeing all work in the same way, so outside the price tag what am I missing from one brand to another really.
And if I didnt mention a filter you feel would be better what would it be ?
I'm sure at some point in time I'll up-grade to a better filter knowing me, but at this time I'm looking for a filter that will do a good job thats not going to cost me $300.
thanks again- James
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2005, 07:27 AM
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I can start you off-

If you want a silent filter- eheim all the way.
If you want best bang for the buck- xp3.

I run a xp3 on my 55gal tank and love it. I run filter floss in all the compartments. I clean it out every 2 months. All i really use it for is mechanical filtration. I leave the bio part to the palnts
The xp3 does have a slight humming noise to it. Basically sounds like a computer with its fan.


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Id go with a Ehiem Pro, not the Pro 2 (as its quieter, and runs better IMO). And get the thermo version, the big three basket Mofo. That will sort your filtering needs for the next 20 years.
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I'm happy with my Fluval 304 in a 55G. It has a decent flow rate and is virtually silent; I do not know how it compares to others noise wise but I cannot immagine how much more quiet a tank filter can get. It sports 3 baskets and a foam pad bracket. I use ceramic disks in one (physical filtration), peat moss in two (have hard water out of the tap) and bio media in 3.

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I guess that just about covers the options . So, do you have your mind made up now?

FWIW, I was thinking along the same lines as Marc.
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well I think I'm going to go with the Filstar xP3 , from the reading I just did seems to be an easier filter to maintain and has less problems than the Fluval
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I run a jebo 828 and am very satisfied with it, it runs quiet and has 4 baskets for media. Plus for the price $50-$75 on ebay it is hard to beat. If you look in specific aspects -->equipment and search for Jebo there is a really thourogh review of it.
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