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Fluval FX5 vs. Ehiem 2660 vs ??

Hello folks. Post number 1.

Seems the thought is that with a planted discus tank a cannister filter is the way to go.

Looking at the new FX5 or the Ehiem 2660 or ??

Both have features that I consider important. And some that I question.

The FX5 has a water change valve but that would not be hard to rig up on a Ehiem return line with a couple ball valves and a tee. The Ehiem has a larger intake hose diameter.

The Ehiem has a choice of media. What would you folks sugguest for media for a planted Discus thank ?

Given a choice what would you purchase ? Perhaps there is another brand I am overlooking ?

Still learning with a long way to go.

Thanks for your time and paitence.

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The FX5 seems like a beast of a filter (in a good way). On the other hand the Eheim is more tested in terms of reliability and potential problems. I'd personally get the FX5, but thats kind of an uneducated opinion. What size tank is it for? That may help to know.

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2660 vs the FX5

Thanks for the help.
I corrected a typo in the Eh. model number 2660 not 2600.

The tank is going to be in the 125-150 range. Planted discus tank.
CO2 injected

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What is a Eheim 2660? I did a Google search and found nothing on that model. The new, big Eheim is the 2080. I think that would be the comparable model to the FX5. There's still a large cost difference as the Fluval can be found for around $240 while the Eheim is closer to $400.

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When setting up a ginormous (yeah it's a word) CO2 injected planted discus tank is price even a consideration? if it isn't, go Eheim. If it is, take the FX5. It might be easier, though, to use 2 seperate canister filters on either side of the tank to lessen dead spots and generally provide even filtration.

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I think maybe you're actually talking about the Eheim 2260 (http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...1=2885;pcid2=). Looks like a winner. I just purchased the 2213 and I couldn't be happier. The quietest filter I've ever had. To top it off people have had Eheim classics running for decades without issue.

Don't know much about Fluval except I heard of a lot of problems with the x04 series (404, etc.). Don't know if the new models have been better received or not.

Many people like Filstars, so you may want to give them a look as well.

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The high flow rate of an FX5/Eheim 2080 will not be a problem for the Discus?

I am running a 2028 and an XP3 in my 125 and when the silver dollars were small, they were having trouble swimming in certain parts of the tank. Aren't Discus slow water fish? Would the high flow rate not stress them out?
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My question would be:

Is the Fluval FX5 a bypass filter like the X04 series?
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We have them at work (small town lfs) and they're sweet(FX5's) soon I get to get one set up and play with and I'll get back to you..
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I read somewhere on another forum of someone having a problem using the FX5 to try and run their CO2 reactor. Seems in the directions for this filter it expressly warns against any loops in the filter tubing. The guy in question was trying to use an AM 1000 reactor which has input on top and outflow on the bottom. This created a loop, and he reported the filter would not work.

Now, I personally don't understand why the loop in the outflow line would cause a problem for this horse of a filter, but it seems it did.

Here's the thread. Problem is down at the bottom.
http://www.plantgeek.net/forum/viewt...&highlight=fx5
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I just filled my 125 and bought an FX5 for it. it is a beast. wider and about as tall as a 5 gallon bucket. It holds 5.25gallons of media. It fired right up with out a problem and is probably the quietest canister filter I have seen & I have used them all for the most part.

Being it is the only means of filtration and current in the tank It is circulating the water very nicely without blowing everything out.

It also automatically turns off 4 minutes after it is plugged in and then turns itself back on 2 minutes after that to purge any trapped air.

It has theree trays that lift out easily for maint. You can also hook a hose to the bottom of the filter and drain it easily to back flush the canister between cleanings.

It comes with a spare hose connector idenitcal to the ones that are in use all the time that you can attatch a spare hose to for switching out with the out hose that returns water to the tank to pump water out of the tank for speedy water changes. This feature is cool. It has been running for about 4 hours now and 75% of the cloudyness caused by poorly rinsed substrate has already been removed from the water. I half assed rinsed the substrate to see just how efficient this filter is. I was impressed.

I think it is a winner so far.

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What is a Eheim 2660? I did a Google search and found nothing on that model. The new, big Eheim is the 2080. I think that would be the comparable model to the FX5. There's still a large cost difference as the Fluval can be found for around $240 while the Eheim is closer to $400.

$315 ...its actually on sale at Dr FosterSmiths right now!

For the record I am running an Eheim Pro3 (2080) and a 2229 Wet/Dry in a 90g filled with Discus. I use spraybars.

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My question would be is the fluval still going to be working 6 months from now.

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Personally I have owned a total of 6 Fluval Canister filters and have never had a problem with a single one. Plus it does have a 3 yr warrentee

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$315 ...its actually on sale at Dr FosterSmiths right now!

For the record I am running an Eheim Pro3 (2080) and a 2229 Wet/Dry in a 90g filled with Discus. I use spraybars.
While the Pro3 is the newest large eheim canister and can be seen as the competitor to the fx5, I say the classic 2260 is more in line with the fx5. the eheim 2260 has all the features that the fx5 has minus the microchip that synchronizes the pump.

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