(Posted on 7/10/12)
Comments: This is a complete kit. With enough options to satisfy most installations.
wonderful sturdy design and easily maintained.
like a timex
(Posted on 6/28/09)
Comments: The one i have, has been running for almost 18 years now.
Good at what it does
(Posted on 9/18/09)
Comments: I have three or four of these and have been using them for about eight years. What you get for the money is a mechanical filter with a media reservoir and a diatom filter. The diatom filter isn't supposed to be used all the time, if you have a problem like that then kill them with a UV sterilizer.
How anyone could have a problem priming one of these is beyond me. Read the instructions. Fill the filter with water to the fill line then slap the top on, attach the lines and switch it on. The pump is at the bottom, so given that you remembered to put water in the filter before you reinstalled it you can't need to prime the pump. I just set one of these up that has been sitting for five years. I added carbon, put the filter sleeve on the canister, filled it with water, put the top on, attached the lines and switched it on. Two seconds later the water was blasting out of the pipe. It took two days to purge the bubbles though, I shouldn't have been lazy.
For use as a mechanical that I change often I prefer this. For biological filtration I have Eheim 2227 and an acrylic sump full of bio-balls on another tank. The Eheim is way harder to start than this. I had a Fluval 304 that I gave away, that was also hard to start and was noisy until all the air found its way out.
(Posted on 6/12/09)
Comments: At first, I could not get it the pump to prime and I followed the directions completely. Then I decided to start it the same way I did my old pump (by filling the canister with water first then turning it on). This makes the priming process easier. Once I filled the canister with water from the sink, it started immediately.
The pump works great now and is quiet as a mouse. I would recommend this to all my fish loving friends.
Better Than Average
(Posted on 10/8/08)
Comments: I had this filter with bio wheels set up on a 75 gallon fish only saltwater tank for about 4 years.
This filter worked well on both filtering and polishing. The only drawback to this filter that I can see over what is available today:
1: Only one filter tray for media/carbon
2: It is a bit hard to get primed, but once you get the flow started it purrs like a kitten.
3: It is a bit tough getting the hang of installing the lid after servicing the unit. (after you do it a time or two you will get the hang of it) (do yourself a favor and put a towel under the filter the first time you change the media)
I have just purchased a 55 gallon tank and I am planning to set it up with a Fluval (never had one so I am gonna give it a shot. I will post a review on the new filter as soon as I have it up and running )
That being said I would purchase another of these filters.