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New Filters ... Eheim? Or Other?
November 25, 2011
11:17 pm
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poshsouthernbird
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Evening All

I'm hoping there are a few on here with big tanks and big messy fish /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I'm looking for opinions on new filters for my two goldfish tanks. Tanks are Rena 600s (600 litres) and I currently have XP4 filters on them. But ... the XP4s are not as quiet as they could be and quite frankly one was on the verge of a drop kick down the garden last night. I've got an Eheim Pro 2224 external on a smaller tank and it's so quiet I have to put my hand over the outlet to convince myself it's doing anything. So, am now looking at Eheims for the other two. Does anyone have experience of the bigger Eheims? I'm currently considering the P3 2080 although the thermofilters are quite tempting. Or there's the P3e 700 but that sounds a bit technologically OTT for my needs.

Or else there's the Fluval FX5.

I want as near silent as it's possible to get (I know, I don't want much!). I don't want to be reduced to the verge of a nervous breakdown by the maintenance and I want it suitably robust for a herd of big, grotty fish who make a right mess with plants and general 'output'. And these are big fish, biggest one weighs over 1lb. So they are capable of making a big mess /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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November 26, 2011
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Not used the P3's but I had a Pro2 2028 on a 500 litre tank a few years ago - very quiet and dead easy to clean etc.

I always stayed away from the thermofilters, just another thing to go wrong on your filter.

The FX5 is a decent filter, moves more water for a similar cost as the Eheim but in my experience a bit more noisy. In terms of power consumption the Eheim is better on a watts per litre basis but not sure that it pays back?

November 26, 2011
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Hi Dave, haven't seen you around here for a while, hope all is well /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Thanks for the reply, I'm definitely leaning towards an Eheim at the moment. Am waivering on the thermofilter but on the grounds I've fried several heaters through forgetting to turn them off during water changes etc. I'm wondering if it might be worth having, not sure even I could break one! The XP4s are good but mine seem so variable on noise levels, sometimes they're ok but sometimes they rattle like nothing on earth! Maybe I've just struck unlucky. But seeing as they are all in the lounge, and competing with OH's hifi ... /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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November 27, 2011
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I would take the Eheim every day of the week as a personal preference!

More expensive but quieter, use less energy and generally a better build quality (although not as good a build quality as they used to be!).

Lifes been busy the last couple of months!

November 28, 2011
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The question should not be..

Why choose Eheim?

More...

Why choose anything other than an Eheim? /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

November 28, 2011
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Anti-Eheim comments definitely seem to be the exception to the rule /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I'll admit I bought the XP4s out of sheer laziness, umm, I mean convenience, as the tubing etc. is identical to the XP3s I had before that came with the tanks so it was just a question of swapping media, adding some more and sticking them in place of the XP3 canisters. Sadly they are not as quiet as the XP3s though ...

@ Dave - hope that's good busy and not problems busy /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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November 28, 2011
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good busy (although it doesn't always feel like it)!

Work has just exploded in the last few months and i'm all over the place right now (Glasgow one day, London the next, Coventry and Newcastle the days after that). We've been interviewing but i'm a bit picky when it comes to engineers - got a good one the other day which is why things have slowed enough for me to be on here! Could do with a couple more though!

December 18, 2011
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i just got a EHEIM PROFESSIONAL 2080 PRO 3 FILTER PLUS MEDIA SET off ebay for £140 which i thought was a bit of a bargain and its so quiet i had to check it was running a time or two

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