which filter?

Discussion in 'Filters, Filtration and Pumps' started by Nelson, 18 Mar 2009.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi all,
    looking at buying a new filter.i see a lot of people use the ex1200.just wondering if you would recommend it or something else.tank is 215 litres.no koralia yet.soon.
    thanks
    neil
    ps.budget is about £100 max
     
  2. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    The tetra tec ex1200 is the only filter i have tried and have been using it for 2 years now, overall its a good filter - easy to clean - easy to prime and good flow.

    And cheap :) which helps, would love to get a Eheim 2078 but they cost £150+ . Would like compare the eheim and tetra tec to see any differance in flow over time.

    However
    Had this very same problem myself and contacted Tretra tec and they had a new part out in three days :D so customer service is great. :D

    Hope this helps

    Mark
     
  3. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

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    I have use a 1200 for the last 12 months - the only issue I have had is "leaks". Just bought an Eheim 2080 - flow rate of 1700 lph, the other unit I was considering was a Fuval FX5 - flow rate of 2400 lph, but its a monster and would not fit in my cupboard. My tank is 217 litres so you could say that I am a little under powered - ideally I should have a turn over of water 2170lph - 10x the volume of the tank, I can add a seperate power head to assist in the flow if I require.

    Paul.
     
  4. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi,
    a bit concerned about leaks when i'm at work all day!. :rolleyes: flyfisherman,they cost way to much for me :(
    thanks
    neil
     
  5. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

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    Neil

    Have a look on ebay:

    2x fx5 - one on a bid and it new - 15 Hrs left - current bid £62.50 + 9.75 postage, the other buy it now @ £115.00 + 17.00 poatage.

    1 x eheim 2080 current bid £26.00 - used - 1day 23 hrs left - no media

    regards

    paul.
     
  6. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi paul,
    going for a look now
    thanks
    neil
     
  7. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

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    Neil

    Any more info.

    Paul.
     
  8. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I have a JBL Cristal Profie e1500 which gives a rated output of 1500 lph.
    It's quiet and smaller than others with the same rated output.
    Worth a look as they're less than £100.
     
  9. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi,
    outbid on the fluval.bid this morning before work.on the road most of the day so no access to a computer.need one quite quick as mine is dying from old age :D .
    thanks
    neil

    clark,where did you get one for £100
     
  10. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Mine cost me about £125 from AquaEssentials as a special order. I've just had a look and they seem to have gone up in price to £150. I did see them a few months back for less than £100. As they're not really imported into the UK much, I guess the price will reflect that from time to time.
     
  11. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi,
    you got my hopes up then clark :( .will keep looking.still watching ebay paul
    neil
     
  12. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    Neil

    one on ebay again - current bid 64.17 + 15.00 p&p with 3 days left or the eheim 2080 is still there 1day & 1 hrs left, the best place for media is Ultimate aquatic 01334 656699 @ 56.95 which inc. p&p - mine arrived this morning, order last Thursday, delivered to them on Tuesday and arrived today.

    Regards
    Paul.
     
  13. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi paul,
    still watching the eheim :D .have to see tomorrow ;) will keep an eye on the other one if not.
    thanks again for you help
    neil

    ps,read a review on the fx5.the person had 6 in 2006 and only had one left working as of march 2008 :rolleyes:
     
  14. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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  15. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    neil

    Its a copy of a Tetratec external - get yourselve a pic of a 1200 and a pic of the other and compare them - they are identical, it will be the internal that will be different ie the UV light.

    The ehiem is the one you want - mine will be up and running this aft - combination of new media / old media. There are plenty of new 2080 available at crazy money. I placed an order form a firm in south devon - 5 weeks later no filter, managed to get a refund, placed an order with Ulimate aquatic - here within a week. My advise would be if you see one and its cheap enough - nab it.

    Paul.
     
  16. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi,
    i'd love one but really can't afford it.the one on ebay is now £67 with 3 hours to go :(
    neil
    went for £132+p&p+you had to get media.too rich for me
     
  17. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Just be careful when shopping at the minute. There are a few places I wouldn't trust even though they're rock bottom prices.

    The rule of thumb is... "if it's cheap, it's cheap for a reason"
    And I think there's the other one from Graeme/George/Dan "buy cheap, buy twice"
     
  18. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    Neil

    With reference to the above and my statement regarding if its cheep nab it was referencing a Eheim 2080 not any other filter.

    Paul.
     
  19. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi,
    i knew what you meant paul,and i think we all know what places clark is talking about!.also don't buy the ebay one.
    anyway i need one pretty quick and can't afford the eheim i want so will probably get a jbl e1500 i've seen on a dutch site
    http://www.seame.com/int/
    thanks again guys
    neil

    i'll get a koralia when i can afford it
     
  20. mick555

    mick555 Newly Registered

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    go for eheim. cant beat german engineering. i now have the big eheim electronic and it is the bees knees.
     

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