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8 years 4 months ago #31675 by Neo1
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Mike:

Good idea, especially since the filter was offline for awhile. But so far, no leakage problems.

Brian
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8 years 4 months ago #31664 by mikeg2929
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Another thing you may wish to do, as part of your maintenance is to lube the "o" rings with a non petroleum based lubricant. I think you may have received a small tube of silicon lubricant when you bought the filter. I used that and it does protect the o ring from drying out.

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8 years 4 months ago #31663 by Neo1
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I feel this thread has turned into a Mac vs. P.C. debate with me left to defend the Mac, which is ironic because I roundly hate Apple.

Although new to this forum I have been in the hobby for 30 or so years, so I have used a wide-variety of filters as most probably have. And respectfully, I have never been a fan of HOB power filters. I found them noisy, a pain to clean, and unattractive. Given the number on the shelves in the pet-stores, a lot of people must disagree with me.

As for canisters, I was never a fan of Eheim for two reasons: (1) the cost and (2) the snobbish attitude of most Eheim owners and purveyors. But once I used one, I doubt I would use anything else other than a true wet-dry system. They are virtually silent and require the least, overall maintenance of any filter I have ever owned. The 2229 wet-dry requires almost none, just a rinse of the biomedia every 6 months or so. In 5.5 years of operation, the 2128's flow rate meter only slowed once. I always cleaned it before that point; I would guess every 3-4 months or so. However, I know I could let it go much longer, and occasionally did. Oh, and I have not bought any filter media, cartridges, etc., other than a big pad of floss via mail order in 5.5 years.

But in the end it seems some of this simply comes down to personal preference and your application’s needs. For me, this tank is in my home office, so I like everything neatly stowed and out-of-sight in the cabinet. If I had a fish room with 20 tanks I am sure I would have a different opinion.

With that said, I will add this criticism in case the CEO of Eheim reads this forum. I find it unconscionable that the replacement parts for these filters are so expensive. I don’t remember what I paid for the 2128 6 years ago, but $220 for a thermostat is insane. And they want $373 for the plastic canister. At that rate, I’ll bet you’d pay $2000 to replace all the parts piecemeal. A petstore owner told me it was the Mercedes of canister filters. Well, that may be, but the replacement part costs are not Mercedes prices, they are Maybach prices. Finally, for $220 and because I am fairly certain that the old US of A is the company’s largest market, can I at least get a thermostat that reads in Fahrenheit? Vielen Dank.

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8 years 4 months ago #31659 by mikeg2929
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Now wait a minute, since when do you need to have experience with a product to review / criticize it? That's not the GCCA way!

Seriously, I think canisters serve a purpose for tanks outside of a fishroom. My preference for a large tank in a family visible area of the house is to use a wet dry. THEY CANNOT BE BEAT. If you are dealing with an undrilled tank, then a canister is probably the way to go. All hang on the back filters are unsightly, IMO.

I have had fx5 and eheim canisters. Cleaning them is still a drag. They are nitrate enablers as you routinely leave dirty pads in there for a long time, and if you have malaysian trumpet snails, and you lose power, they can be fish killers.

I ordered 6 fx5s when I opened my new fishroom in 2007. For a while you could get them insanely cheap on EBAY. I set 2 up, and tore them down within a few months and sold them all off. In a fishroom they just took up too much floor space, etc.

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8 years 4 months ago #31658 by keltonsports
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The reason I ask is because I have a friend who has two and swears by them, but I don't know if I can justify spending $300 on a filter not knowing if there will be a huge difference in effectivness....

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8 years 4 months ago - 7 years 3 weeks ago #31657 by ba
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Actually, I have never
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8 years 4 months ago #31656 by keltonsports
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Scott how do you feel about FX5s?

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8 years 4 months ago #31650 by Neo1
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Correction, I went to HD and picked up a pack of 10 O-rings for 2 bucks. So far, it appears it is running without any problems. I have it in a garbage can just in case and will test it overnight.

I should have inspected it more closely when I discovered the problem originally. I did not even consider the o-rings in the triple tap because I always had problems with the canister O-rings. Well, new experience equals new knowledge.

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8 years 4 months ago - 7 years 3 weeks ago #31649 by ba
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Sounds like
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8 years 4 months ago #31646 by Neo1
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Thanks for the responses. I knew it was a longshot.

Trilby’s does stock the thermocontrol unit for $150.00. It also appears that this problem is a design flaw because I have seen several posts on the subject. End decision, because the filter can function without the heater, I am going to take a pass on it and just stick with the submersible back-up I bought.

As for the pump head for the wet-dry, I doubt I am going to find it much cheaper than $155. But that part I could justify, because it basically gets me a brand-new filter. However, upon closer inspection, I think I may have figured out the problem. It appears I lost a very small (9mm) O-ring around the breathing tube. Found it online for $3.49.

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