Which Filter?

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Equipment' started by Jacobus Roux, Jul 1, 2014.

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Tetratec EX1200 or Eheim Classic 600/2217

  1. Tetratec EX1200

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  2. Eheim Classic 600/2217

    66.7%
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    Hi all,

    I need some advice on two filters, the Tetratec EX1200 and the Eheim Classic 600. Basically, which one is the best if you take the cost out of the equation?
    Here’s what I think I know so far:
    Firstly, the Eheim doesn’t have a prime mechanism, whereas the Tertratec has. This is nice, but I can live without it.
    I’m not sure which one has the largest filter media capacity, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say Tetratec?
    Also, the Tetratec has a higher stated flow rate. The thing is, the interwebs is full of people that state that’s not entirely the case. It seems as if the Tetratec may have a higher flow rate under perfect conditions, but the Eheim is basically able the filter at its rated flow rate under load, whereas the Tetratec has a greatly reduced flow rate under load…. Hence, Eheim has better flow rate?
    So,
    Tetra has priming and more filter media capacity (also like the baskets)
    Eheim has better flow rate and is said to have a higher quality build? The tubing also seems a bit nicer, but that’s probably just personal preference.
    Anyway, as I said, I would appreciate any feedback on these filters, thank you!

    PS, I'm sommer gonna add a poll for what it's worth, just because it seems fun
     
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    Personally...I run two Eheim Classic 2217's on my 190L and the other on my 100L.

    You dont need a prime button on the Eheim compared to other filters...once I connect my tubes and open the cut off valves...I turn the filter on and Bob's your uncle...all systems go...

    I've had my filters for over 6 years now (if memory serves me right...think I bought them late 2000's) haven't had a SINGLE problem...except when I broke the one release valve coz of my own stupidity.
     
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    Go eheim. You wont be sorry. Personally, I use eheim filters on every single tank I have, so I'd say use what you know.
     
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    im heading that way too.. if you can afford it, you wont be sorry..
     
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    If I could get it locally and afford it I would go eheim everything.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback guys! I was able to get the Eheim @ R300 more than the Tetratec, so I went with the Eheim. Obviously I can't compare to the Tetratec, but so far I'm pretty happy with my purchase. 17% of the reason why I got myself a canister is because I want to do DIY inline diffusion/heater. Just a side note, I've packed the filter with all the media it came with, as well as the ceramics from my two hobs; and it's running like a champ. I'm not gonna go through the effort of measuring the actual flow rate, but it's rather handsome.
     
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    How did you get to 17% ? hehe :scratch:
     
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    Bloody good filter. Wish that there was more fishy peeps around here then maybe we could also get decent stuff around here in quantity. That would leave me with a problem though I will have to start choosing between tank goodies and eating.LOL
     
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    Agree. Wish we had more product in SA at reasonable prices.
     
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    The reason once again too many tv games and too little value to the rand.
     

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