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  • #300374

    glu
    Participant

    Hi!

    I am going to set up a new tank – 180 liter. I am undecided as to which external filter to get…

    1. tetratec ex 1200 (costs 122 euro)

    2. eheim ecco pro 300 (costs 92 euro)

    3. eheim pro 3 2071 (costs 129 euro)

    I want the filter to be silent (as much as possible), easy to maintain…
    I have juwel tank and don’t want to drill any holes in the tank cover (like I would have to with fluval).
    would also be great if it didn’t consume too much electricity.

    THX

    #315160

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    My only relative experience is with the Eheim classic line. I have a 2217 and it is silent! I would highly recommend it. The pro 3 is quite a filter but I don’t trust the computerized controls etc., too complicated and if it fails you’re out of luck. I like the simplicity of the classics.

    #315164

    Matt
    Keymaster

    All I´ll add is that imo with the Tetra filters you get more for your money.

    #315167

    Bluedave
    Participant

    Eheim are better build quality – imo you get what you pay for Matt. Would say that they are quieter than the tetra filters as well. But your right, you can get a bit more for your money with tetra and theres nothing wrong with them as filters – look at it as Eheim = Mercedes, tetra = ford mondeo! lol

    #315169

    andrew
    Participant

    Agree with what’s being said here. Personally, I prefer the Eheims but nothing wrong with the Tetras either.

    #315174

    dunc
    Keymaster

    In my experience Eheims are solid but overpriced. I’ve used Tetratec external filters for the past 4 years and they’re great.

    #315176

    ncnc
    Participant

    i like the tetratec ex1200 as well (especially as i only paid £60 delivered for it 18 months ago), happy with the rena xp4 ive got as well. make sure you buy good media whichever filter you use – seachem or eheim as it makes a big difference to stocking levels and stability. the only ehein i have had (a pro 3) started leaking and i got no support from eheim what so ever but the build quality is good on most of their filters, although if you dont mistreat other makes they should last.

    #315191

    Phill Austen
    Participant

    I find the Tetra filters are definately good value, have bags of room for media and are adequately quiet. However I find the connectors supplied to get the pipes over the edge of the aquarium absolutely dire! They are constructed of two components joined (inadequately in my example) by a solvent adhesive (applying more adhesive cured the leaks) but why did they design? them with two right angle turns? Replacing them with Eheim items (smooth curve) significantly improves the flow volume (and the Eheim items don’t leak?) I ask myself why would a manufacturer want to produce a good design and equip it with external components that compromise the performance?

    #315206

    andrew
    Participant

    I guess this is where you start to see the trade offs that justify the lower price point for the unit as a whole.

    #315320

    glu
    Participant

    so I am now thinking of buying eheim pro 3 – but I don’t know if I should buy the 2073 instead of 2071…It is only 30 euro in price difference….What do you think?

    also what is the difference between eheim pro 2 and 3? I am thinking ob buying the non electronic version anyway (pro 3)

    I was thinking tetra but than there is not much price difference between the ehim and tetra and people sadi that even if I buy the tetra that it would be better to use eheim filter media so would have to buy it seperately which would be expensive anyway…
    Cause those prices as listed above are for filters with media included…

    well, will certainly let you know which filter I decide to get…

    #315321

    Bluedave
    Participant

    Hi Glu,

    I’d go for the 2073 if it was me for that price difference – it’s got a bigger filter capacity and a larger turnover as well as a better head for taller aquariums – you can never overfilter in my opinion. Just make sure it will fit in your cabinet as they are slightly taller I think.

    The difference betwen the pro 2 and 3 is really that the pro 3 is just a newer version – i’ve not used one but apparently they are more efficent (less power for more output) and quieter, they are also supposed to be easier to prime. I had a pro 2 on a big old tank and had no problems, so if you get a cheap deal on one i’d go for it.

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