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    I understand they need water in them its just my magnum 350 only needs 50% of the canister full to start and it is easy to work the air out by starting and stopping a couple times where as my fluval 405 has to be 100% full for water to even reach the pump.

    BTW thank you for helping me understand this I really do appreciate you sharing your experience and opinions
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    My FX5 runs like a champ. I went about 3 years without cleanly on a fully stocked cichlid tank. The filter must be 8 years old now. Incredible filter


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    I too appreciate everyone's comments and suggestions.

    Personally, I was just looking for an alternative to the Rena XP since they are on backorder (been out of the hobby for a few years and was curious if something had come onto the market which was better). I love the simplicity of the XP, the functionality, the reliability, etc. I have owned maybe 5 or 6 over the years and never had any problems from any of them (minus one with an o-ring issue which was ultimately my fault).

    I talked to my wife and think I am just going to wait for the XP to arrive (dang it), and buy a cheap HOB filter in the mean time (it'll act as a backup later also).

    FX4/5/6 look nice, but price is a turn-off. The Eheim seams like a resealable substitution. The JBJ seems like an Eheim knockoff. AquaTop seems a little iffy (one I was looking at has a built in UV light). Magnum 350 looks decent enough, but LOVE clear media holders (some complaint with the FX series & fluval filters).
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    yeah I love how with a quick look I can tell if the fiberfill needs changing in my magnum 350
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    Fx5/6 in my mind
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    Thanks for the detailed breakdown of pros/cons of the canister filters! It's always good to have updated info.
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    I agree, looking at going the canister route on my next setup. Thanks



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    I actually have on my list to create some reviews of the different filters.

    I have 2262, 2213, FX4 all sitting here and an empty 55g tank that I can do some stuff with...

    All that being said, in the past 4-5 years filters have improved quite a bit.
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    Yes, most definitely do some side-by-side reviews if you can!!! If you need some other filters to add into the review let me know (some of the cheaper chinese knockoffs?) and we can work something out to get the filters then maybe to a dfwfishbox.com giveaway .

    Might try some "in tank canisters" also if we can.

    My guess, you would just do water quality measurements, then list the pro's and con's over a given length of time?
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