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Re: Question about filters

Hello everyone.  Have I got a question for you!  Even though it is not 
directly related to aquarium plants, I feel that it would still be useful for 
those of us who are involved in the aquarium hobby and aquatic horticulture.  
I was just looking through a Pet Warehouse catalog the other day, and I was 
looking through the filter section of the catalog.  I am going to buy a new 
filter for my new 38-gallon tank and I was trying to decide which kind of 
filter to buy.  I decided that a canister filter would be best for my 
purposes and I narrowed it down to two choices, but I cannot decide which one 
to get, as they both seem pretty good.  The two choices that I narrowed it 
down to are the Fluval '04 series of canister filters and the Eheim 
Professional Series of canister filters.  Both seem to be excellent filters, 
but in the Pet Warehouse catalog that I was looking through, the Eheim 
Professional Series filter that I am thinking of buying runs about $54 
dollars more than the Fluval '04 model that I am thinking of buying.  But I 
am willing to pay the extra $54 dollars for the Eheim Professional filter, IF 
it is the better filter and IF it provides better filtration for my tank.  
So, if it were left to you and it were up to you to decide, which one would 
YOU get, and which do you guys think is the better filter?  Which one would 
YOU get for your tank?  Come on now, don't be shy, I am looking for 
EVERYONE'S opinion here.  Have any of you had personal experience with any of 
these models of filters?  Have your experiences been positive or negative?  
Which do you think is the better filter?  I am looking for everyone's 
opinion, and would appreciate it if anyone who knows anything about these 
filters or has had experience with any of them contributes their opinion of 
them and shares their experiences with them.  I hope that those of you who 
know about these filters are willing to share your insight and experiences 
with them, as Hagen, (the makers of the Fluval line of filters), and Eheim, 
are two of the largest filter companies out there, and this debate might 
truly illuminate the question of who makes the better filter and which 
company makes the better products, and I'm sure that that would be useful to 
many other people besides just me in helping to decide which company's 
products to buy.  Well, here's hoping that all of you guys are willing to put 
your two cents in and share with the reat of us all of your opinions and 
experiences with these filters.  And to those of you who do contribute, 
thanks for all of your help.