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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-26-2007, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Battle of the Canister Filters

I'm in the market for a new Canister Filter for a 75 gal (replacing a Emperor 400 hang-on). What brand should I go with and why?

Marineland - C360
Rena - FilStar - XP2 OR XP3
Magnum 350 PRO
Hagen - Fluval 305 OR 405
Eheim - Pro II 2026

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I currently have two xp's and one fluval. They both work good for me. i like the primer on the fluval more then the funal method for the xp but i think the xp are easy to clean out and ensure they are sealed. Never had leak with xp but with fluval if it isnt sealed perfectly i have had small drips.

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I have an Ehiem classic, Rena XP1 and a Fluval 305

My favorite is the Rena, easy to clean, prime, good flow, quiet, second is the Fluval, and last the ehiem. The ehiem is a PITA to clean and prime, it is also the loudest, esp after cleaning, maybe I need to replace the impeller or something.


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Thanks, thats great info. Do you prefer the large media baskets in the XP's or the Fluvals?

Hopefully I hear from somebody with the new stainless steel Marineland, or the Pro II
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The classic Eheim can be a PITA, as BigStick said, but the ProII is a MUCH better design. I have a 2028 on my 110, and two 46 gallon setups, each with a 2026. I love it - easy disconnects, completely silent, easy to clean and maintain, etc. The flow can be adjusted back so that it isn't overkill for the tank too, so it works out ok with the 46 gallon. I got a deal through Big Al's where they sent me the premium filter media AND the special intake/spraybar add-ons when they were doing a big sale. WOW. NICE.


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XP2 isn't enough flow for a 75g by a long shot, make sure you do an XP3.

I have 2 XP1's, and XP2, and an Eheim 2215.

All silent, the Renas are easier to clean than the older style Eheim, but can't complain about any of them.
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Great link Raul-7!


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I second that, great link Raul-7. I'll spend hours there.
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I am currently using a Marineland C series, ans well as a Fluval 205. They both have pros and cons.

Marineland. LOVE IT! PRO: Looks good, silent, well built.
CON: Outlet leaves much to be desired. Easy fix. Adding a spray bar.

Fluval. Good for the $$$ PRO: Runs like a champ, no problems.
CON: Ribbed tubes. Just not diggen 'em.


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I only have one Rena XP3, but it is quiet, good flow, and large baskets.

Easy to clean, easy disconnects.

I woke up one morning and realized my living room turned into a fish store!!! HELP!!!!
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i have an XP3 on my 60 and ditto what Khandurian said.
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I'm definitely leaning towards the XP3.
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I have one of the new marinelands also... as with theinjected1, the only complaint I have is the outlet into the tank.
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I've only ever used Eheim Classic canister filters, but I've no reason to want to try anything else. They're not very hard to prime; Rex's site has a link to an article that details easy ways of cleaning them every ~6 months, and they're quiet, quiet, quiet.
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