I'm getting a GLA rimless 6g. I was thinking of getting an AC20 but got to thinking that I want something more quite that I think only a canister can provide. I also don't want to look at an HOB on a nice rimless. So, I need help choosing a canister filter. I'm planning on doing FW planted with co2 for a nature style aquarium (amano iwagumi). I'm on a budget because I'm a college student so I don't want to go all out crazy.. otherwise I would have just bought an ADA with all the bells and whistles.
I think I've narrowed it down to with the Finnex PX 360 or the Eheim 2211. There's only about a $20~$30 difference, with Eheim being more expensive. I don't know when or if I'll be getting glass lily pipes so in case i don't, i think i like the tubing and spray bar inlet on the Finnex. The green on the Eheim is really loud and distracting so I'm afraid if i got the Eheim I'll be forced to take the plunge on lily pipes for another $80! One thing I don't like about these canisters is that they seem to be antiquated in not incorporating a self priming feature.
I'm also interested in the Fluval 106, but i think the GPH rate would be too high for a 6g, unless I can dial down the flow. I can't determine if there's a flow control from what I'm seeing online.. This filter is appealing because i like all the newer technology incorporated in it like self priming, sound dampening, and separated media baskets.. Although I've read the Eheims are just as quiet. One thing I don't like are the black hoses... can those be switched to clear ones?
Please let me know if you have any experience with these and what you'd recommend.. Thanks!