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Fluval Vs Eheim


Mr. TD

We use both products for canister filters. The Fluval is a 304 and the Ehiem is a 2026 Pro. They are similar in size, but the Ehiem has a higher flow rate.

We like the Ehiem better for several reasons.

The Release mechanism for the tubes is much easier to use on the Ehiem.

The Priming mechanism on the Ehiem is a large (about 4 inches wide) button that you can press down with both hands to prime, whereas the Fluval has a very thin plunger you must repeatedly plung to prime the unit.

The tubing in the Ehiem is normal Green tubing. I believe the green color inhibits algae from growing inside.

The Fluvals tubing is a corrugated opaque plastic. It kinks easily and you must use brackets where you want the tube to bend, or it will kink. Since the corrugations hold air, it is also more difficult to prime.

I give this one to Ehiem, hands down.

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I can't compare directly because I have never had the pleasure of owning an Eheim filter (I merely stare covetously at them in the store and wish I had enough money for one!) but I must say, I run the Fluval internal filters and they are very good indeed. Highly efficient, lots of aeration as well as filtration, dead simple to clean and never ever seem to break down. Plus they are very cheap - always a consideration! :)

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I'm using a Eheim 2213 and I must say it is so quiet that you can forget that it was there. It is also the most energy efficient one I can find on the market.

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hi i own a fluval 304 and its great i've never have had a problem with it, it keeps the water in top condition and crystal clear !! :) im planing to replace the filter in one of my other and i'm going to get a fluvel 404 !! B)

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I was wondering about that, now i know from the the sounds of it fluvals aren't so bad I'll make sure to try and get one for my future 33 gallon aquarium :D

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i hope yours turns out to be as good as mine :D , i'm not saying that tintdudes wrong by any means especisly as i have never had a eheim so cant compare but 4 the money i'm more then happy :D

(he's right about the primer though theres a knack about !!)

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Don't get me wrong but The Fluval just lacks the few things that I agree with TD with. The hoses shouldn't be made out of Vacuum like hoses and the primer well I think that could be improved :D

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Is there an Eheim cannister on the market that has a better than 277 gph flow rate? I love my Eheims ( 251gph and 277gph), I just wish they had more UMPH!. I have limited over-the-back room on a tank I am eying, but need at least 600 gph to work with this tank.

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I havent seen one with that high of a rate, but with my 36 gal tank I have the Eheim and the Pegiun in the back and its making my tank so clear :D

What size do you have?

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I was wondering about that, now i know from the the sounds of it fluvals aren't so bad I'll make sure to try and get one for my future 33 gallon aquarium :D

i think Fluval is the best bang for the buck. you compromise nothing really important when you buy a Fluval. i have 304's on my 40gal tropical and on my 46gal goldie. they are quiet, dependable, easily cleaned and maintained, have great versitility on media choices, etc. the one thing i would recommend is not packing floss too tightly in the lower basket because you will get blow by. blow by is another nice feature if only by accident. keeps the beast from self-destructing and believe me, you know when it is happening. clean the booger once a month, twice a month if you are anal and it's all good.

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