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Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by Bassetdad » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:35 am

Hi Everybody,

I originally had planned on purchasing a 180-gallon aquarium; my LFS offered me a 220-gallon tank for the same price. I still am financially torn between the wet dry system & the canister filters for my 220-gallon tank. With the canister theory, I can afford to purchase a new Fluval FX5 now. Have my Fluval 404 running in a series with the FX5 until I could afford a second FX5.. Will the Fluval FX5 owners tell me the pro and cons of owning your canister filter? Any positive suggestions?

Thanks in advance for everybody’s advice and suggestions.

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by Dan Woodland » Sat May 09, 2009 12:24 am

Bassetdad wrote:Hi Everybody,

I originally had planned on purchasing a 180-gallon aquarium; my LFS offered me a 220-gallon tank for the same price. I still am financially torn between the wet dry system & the canister filters for my 220-gallon tank. With the canister theory, I can afford to purchase a new Fluval FX5 now. Have my Fluval 404 running in a series with the FX5 until I could afford a second FX5.. Will the Fluval FX5 owners tell me the pro and cons of owning your canister filter? Any positive suggestions?

Thanks in advance for everybody’s advice and suggestions.

Bassetdad
Curious, why use a Fluval Fx5 there are more cost effective filters... Look here for a comparison.... http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forum ... hp?t=68458

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by James Shingler » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:40 am

Hi I thought when reading that review (great one by the way I think) that both filters came out well?

"The Fluval still does a excellent job its a bit easier to set up and it does a slightly better job at mechanical filtration and and here is the big kicker .... IT IS ABOUT HALF THE PRICE OF THE EHEIM So while the Eheim is clearly the better filter here I cannot honestly say its twice as good as the Fluval... issues of reliability and longevity not withstanding. If moneys not a issue its got to be the Eheim but the Fluval is a very good filter and its attractive price is going to win it a lot of fans. As for me personally I like the Eheim better but I also have a few FX5's for tanks where I can't justify the cost.
The only real winner here is us ...we have 2 great filters to choose from that both do a great job. "

If you can not put together the money up front for the Eheim then a FX5 may be the better choice? :D
Sad really as the Eheim is clearly the greener option with a lower power consumption?

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by oshp132 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:56 am

I just set up my 220 yesterday, and started up the FX5 that came with it. I was amazed at the volume of water it pumps. I upgraded from a 125 gallon with a Rena XP3, and I am very impressed with the FX5. Cleared up the tank quickly.
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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by fiupntballr » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:17 am

my FX5 rocks!!!! I run it on my 180... just add a second biomedia canister filter for extra bio filtration!

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by smitty » Wed May 19, 2010 4:06 pm

James you are right the Eheim is the better filter. I have a couple 2260's, 3- 2217, The 2260's are 15yrs running and no problems, 2217's almost 10years running (I only replaced 1 impeller). I have never had to replace the media. The fluvals use form which will not last more than 3 years. This is my objective view considering how much I love Hagen products. Hagen makes the best HOB filters, but when it comes to canister Eheim is still the Rolls Royce of canisters. Now if I did not have the money for an Eheim than Fluval would be my next option. I currently have a fluval 404 that I am very pleased with.
150gal- Dovi's; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260
180gal- Managuense; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260; FX5
210gal- Argta,Bifsct,Fnstrtus,Maculcda,Regani,Syns,Zntus; 4 AC P.Filters; 2 AC P.Hds; Eheim 2250,2262; FX5

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by cichlid-fish » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:05 pm

I've owned a fluval fx5 for before and it is a wonderful filter. I never had any problems with it. It's very simple to maintain and it's also very powerful (900gph).

I found mine for a great price off of someone on craigslist (120 dollars) almost brand new. I got an awesome deal!

However, I would suggest going with a sump, or a wet/dry filter like you mentioned. For the price, you can build your own sump with awesome filtration for under 200 dollars. Not to mention it is great for hiding your equipment and avoiding the clutter in your display tank.
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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by zaireguy » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:54 am

I have the fx5 on my 300 gallon frontosa tank and love it

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by merc65comet202 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:28 am

I cant say enough good things about Fluval FX5 filters. I think (personally) theres no better filter. I have one on my 110 gallon one on my 125 gallon and one on my 90 gallon tanks, and they are always clean and clear. I do water changes and polishing pad changes every two weeks and they've worked great! Highly recommended.

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Re: Fluval FX5 Owners

Post by Tony M Poth » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:16 am

Fx5 imo is the best canister on the market. The amount of media it can hold is staggering. I used one on my 75 gal overstocked with african cichlids and it stayed crystal clear. Can't go wrong with this filter.

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