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in defense of Fluvals?

In a message dated 99-02-18 03:52:58 EST, erik leung wrioe:

<< It is unfortunate and surprising that such blantant condemnation of 
 equipment which many hobbyists use with relatively few qualms appears on 
 this list. Few filters exist which are completely foolproof in design; 
 the Fluval canisters are no exception. However, these filters are quite 
 far from the disaster that Mr. Purchase portrays them to be, and are 
 completely workable and serviceable. Many hobbyists have used this 
 canister line for _years_ without incident. 
 The Eheim products are excellent in design and durability, but it is 
 important to note that not every hobbyist has the funds to purchase such 
 filters, especially when multiple tanks are involved. When one considers 
 the flexibility, capacity and reliability of the Fluval, it becomes 
 quite clear that they are an excellent alternative. I function on a 
 student budget, and have not found a reason to move to more expensive 
 counterparts. The assertion that these filters are of an extremely 
 subpar quality is unfounded.  >>

sorry, erik, but what do you mean by your last sentence?  i have a Fluval and
and Eheim, i speak from my own experience that the Fluval is a pain in the
neck to work with.  the clamps that hold the top to the canister are plastic
and easily breakable, the double valves are very hard to unscrew and screw
back together, many times the filter will leak after you start it because the
o-ring doesn't seal it properly.  as i have written before, when i first
bought it, i thought it had advantages over the Eheim but after using them
both for many years, i now recommend the Eheim.  your experience may be
different but that doesn't mean ours are not true.  i have heard other folks
that like Fluvals, maybe they are just more dextrous than i am.  but more
people that i have heard like the Eheims better.

as for living within budget, there's nothing wrong with getting a powerfilter,
especially one with a combination bio-wheel.  they are much cheaper than a
canister.  a canister is not necessarily a better filter, it just depends on
the individual's taste and experience.

tsuh yang chen, nyc