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RE: Flakey Fluvals

> There is nothing wrong w/ the Fluval
> Canister filter.

I agree.  :)

> I have seen most work for 10+ years with no problems.  The
> eheim professional series is the only class of eheims i rate higher than the
> Fluvals when it comes to quality and ease of maintenance.

On that, I have to disagree.  I have (as you know ;) an eheim 2217 and a
Fluval 303.  The eheim is hands down better constructed.  The motor on
the eheim is heavier, indicating larger magnets/more wire wrapping.  The
canister body is about twice as thick and more rugged.  The clips that hold
the two pieces together are metal, not plastic.  The quick disconnects are
easier to use and better built.  The electrical cord is a heavier guage.  In fact,
the only thing I can say about the fluval is the media baskets are neat.

Now, don't get me wrong, the eheim is 2-3x the price of the fluval, so you
get what you pay for.  BUT, I like my fluval.  There is nothing wrong with
it.  It performs exactly like is should.  I chose the fluval based on price, and
therefor expected a slightly lower quality device.  It is a great filter for the $,
and I would reccomend it if you can't or don't want to pay the $ for an
eheim.  If money isn't an issue or less of an issue than quality, I'd reccomend
eheim any day over fluval.