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I found where I can get an Eheim Classic for a decent price (affordable for me, at least). The tubing and spray bar -in fact all the plastic fittings- are green. Don't they make one with clear tubing? Is it really noticeable when in the tank? I'm hoping it won't stand out a lot against a black background...
Get a can of Krylon Fusion and spray all the hard plastic black . Grab the Eheim , they run quiet and last forever .
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I set up a Sunsun hw302 last weekend . 50$ shipped and its dead silent
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Yeah Sunsuns are dead silent.

Also have a Hydor pro 600 that is really nice. Fun fact about Hydors, they are rated with media inside, so the gph listed is actually what you get. Unlike most canisters which are rated empty and you can count on about 50-60% of the gph listed.
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^ same with ehiem. For me I have no problem spending a little extra on what is probably the most important piece of equipment for the tank. OP type into the search bar cannister recommendations for my....... I willing to bet you will see this same discussion over and over even on multiple forums. It seems that if your willing to go budget filter Sunsun is the most popular if your wanting a dependable track record Eheim, and the new guy on the block is Hydor.


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I was just asking about the products- that's allowed, right?
The Rena is quiet and easy to shut down and re-start after cleaning.
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Yeah Sunsuns are dead silent.

Also have a Hydor pro 600 that is really nice. Fun fact about Hydors, they are rated with media inside, so the gph listed is actually what you get. Unlike most canisters which are rated empty and you can count on about 50-60% of the gph listed.
I have the Hydor Pro 350 on a 60 gallon tank. The out-flow is almost too much for the tank running 48" across using the spray bar that came with it. I did enlarge the spray bar holes a bit to help with the flow and to also eliminate a "whistling" sound I was hearing. After that simple modification I'm extremely happy with it, especially for the price. Also, their custom service has been excellent.

With all of that being said, it doesn't sound like you can go wrong with an Eheim either from everything I've read.
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I'd vote for an Eheim 2217, as other have suggested, or a Cobalt EXT, which is cheaper and would be great for a 38 gallon tank. Both are dead quiet.
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I have the Hydor 350 for about three months now. Super quiet. Good? I'll answer that next year at this time, when I can rate reliability. So far no problems, and doing a good job of filtering. As a plus, the flow rates are rated with media loaded, where most(all?) others are rated empty. I have it on a 75, and have the output throttled down to about half, and it's still a strong current.


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Ok, thanks much that's exactly the kind of input I needed.. Further search there's another store nearby has the Eheim Professional4 + 250 it's rated for 32-65 gal so I'm assuming that sufficient for my tank?

I'm hoping I can just move into the canister the filter media I currently have in my HOB, and use the other fittings that came w/my sponge prefilter to somehow use that still as well.
Trying not to add to the "buy this, buy that", but I can tell you I own the Eheim Professional 4+ model 350. Have it on my 75g heavily planted tank. The Pros: it is very quiet and the flow output is basically what is stated by the mfg. It is not a huge amount of flow, but it certainly gets the job done. The course filter at the top does load up fairly quickly for me - have to clean it out every 3 weeks. The media in the 3 trays could be cleaned every 6 weeks likely. The filter comes with some of the best bio media available (in my opinion) so that is something to consider. The Cons: The priming button placement sucks. The only up side to that is you may only need to use it the first time you set it up.

Hope this doesn't mess up your decision making too much.


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Thank you everyone- very helpful feedback.
Lots of solid recommendations for the Eheim I see.


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Even the cheapo Chinese stuff are mainly pretty quiet. If it's noisy, it's usually an unbalanced impeller or too much resistance at the outflow caused by spray bars or outflow being narrower than intake. In Malaysia where I am, the Eheims vs. the cheapo Chinese is a no-brainer since the price difference is like around 3x so I went Chinese. I've had two Fluvals before so I can see where the corners were cut but as long as I see dirt going into the intake and not coming back through the outflow, I'm cool with that.

If you have a noisy filter, regardless of whether it's a canister, powerhead driven or hanger, try removing the impeller and cleaning it. Sometimes, it could be that it's gone unbalanced due to uneven wear / damage from substrate or that the metal / ceramic rod is not seated properly. It's amazing what a simple wiggle can do sometimes.
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I found where I can get an Eheim Classic for a decent price (affordable for me, at least). The tubing and spray bar -in fact all the plastic fittings- are green. Don't they make one with clear tubing? Is it really noticeable when in the tank? I'm hoping it won't stand out a lot against a black background...

I have had several Eheim 2217 over the years. Never experienced an issue with them and they are very silent. You can't go wrong with Eheim classic series.



As far as the green plastic fittings go, you can replace them by these sets:


https://eheim.com/en_GB/aquatics/acc...sset-1-4004300


https://eheim.com/en_GB/complement/a...sset-2-4004310

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I'm running a Fluval 407 on my 40 breeder and love it. Upgraded from a SunSun 303b which was honestly still a good filter. But I needed a little more umph for my reactor.

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