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One more filter Q please ;-)

Posted By: Shari <sanford@monmouth.com>
Date: Sunday, 18 January 2004, at 1:40 p.m.

Gotta get a filter for my 55g before I order my Eco-Aqualizer so i won't attribute any positive changes to it that actually are simply caused by the newer filtration.
Things I'm trying to compare are:
Noise level
Ease of cleaning
Initial cost
Maintenance cost (media replacement/parts)
Flow rate
The Penn Plax literature looks and sounds alot like the Ehiem but I don't want to go by just the advertising. Anyone with any experience with any canister filters pro/con would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to Steve, Adam, rflis1 and Leadfoot for your opinions. Ultimately, I'll have to choose something based on my own preferences, but I like to get as much info as possible before making a purchase I'll have to live with (or the fish will!) for a (hopefully) long time.
So far Eheim has the most proponents but the initial outlay is painful and the media replacements ain't cheap either.
Others recommended are the ViaAqua 750 and the Penn Plax 1000. Anyone with experience in either of these please chime in.


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