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    Thumbs up Product Review: Marineland Emperor Power Filter

    Company Marineland

    Model Emperor 400BD

    Link to product description http://www.marineland.com/sites/Marineland/products/productdetail.aspx?id=2054&cid=2011&mid=3226

    Price range 45.00 to 60.00

    Pros Comes with 2 custom media baskets in addition to the cartridges, runs pretty quiet.

    Cons Starting full water flow is often a pain when setting up or after large water changes. Cartridges are expensive, but Drs. Foster and Smith sell a nice replacement called Bio3 that is very affordable, especially when you buy the 24 pack.

    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    ****

    How long have you used the product?
    2 years

    Build quality and value for your money.
    I haven't had to replace any parts on this thing since I got it 2 years ago, which before that it was used in someone else's tank for quite some time. I've had many filters over the years, and this is the only one I can say that about. The Bio3 replacement cartridges make this thing run like a beauty, though even with the brand name cartridges, it's a pretty nice setup. I use this on my 38 gallon with high waste fish, and still only have to change the media every 6 weeks. Never had an ammonia spike with this filter, or ugly dirty water, and that was even including when I was poor and couldn't replace my cartridges for 4 months! That's what I call dependable!
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    Company Marineland

    Model Emperor 400. Emperor 280

    Link to product description http://www.marineland.com/sites/Mari...=2011&mid=3226

    Price range $30.00 to $60.00

    Pros Both models have a significant amount of room for media. Each compartment has two slide-in slots for a drop-in cartridge, and a plastic slide-in box for chemical or mechanical media, plus the bio-wheel for biological filtration. The newer models also come with a strainer extension that has a mid-level intake screen.

    ConsLike most power filters, buying the replacement cartridges gets expensive. I tend to use lava rock for biomedia and filter floss for mechanical media in my power filters, so this isn't as much of an issue for me. They can be difficult to restart after a large water change (if the tank water level gets low enough that it breaks the siphon in the intake tube) - this is easily fixed by pouring a cup of water into the back of the filter, however it should be noted that its not quite as easy as plug it back in and forget it. Also, if you are extremely sensitive to trickling water noises, the biowheels can also be a downside as they do make some noise.

    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****

    How long have you used the product?
    I have several, the oldest being almost 10 years now.

    Build quality and value for your money.
    I like these filters a lot. The biowheel noise doesn't bother me, and I skirt the expensive media replacement as noted above. They have proven themselves to be quite dependable. I have historically tended to buy these over Aquaclear filters as I have always found the comparable AC filters to be more expensive. I would say they are a great value and very dependable.

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    Marineland Emperor 400

    Own 2 for 2 years

    Pros: Gph, large media area, included media baskets. Relatively quiet for design and volume of water. Spray bars cause the bio-wheels to rotate rather than volume in spillway. Able to use alternate medias rather than the manufacturer cartridge.

    Cons: trying to restart after water changes and clean-outs is time consuming and can be frustrating. Filter catridge costs. Mine have never failed to restart after popwer outage.

    Recommendation: Good value for the money.
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    Company Marineland

    Model Emperor 400. Emperor 280

    Link to product description http://www.marineland.com/sites/Mari...=2011&mid=3226

    Price range $30.00 to $60.00

    Pros 100% agree with above I have the 280 on my 50 gal with a UGF and have no filtration issues

    Cons slight noise from biowheel

    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    5 star

    How long have you used the product?
    I have several years now.

    Build quality and value for your money.
    Top of the line filter
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    Pros
    don't have to worry about motors leaking (like some other filters) has extra chambers for media, easy to change media, long lasting
    Cons
    can be noisy (although no where near as loud as my protein skimmers, but they can keep you up at night if you are a light sleeper and it is in your bedroom). A couple of mine will not restart after the power goes out (2 of the 6 I have have this issue, don't know why).
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    4
    How long have you used the product?
    7-10 yrs (I have 3 280s and 3 400s bought over the course of 3 yrs)
    Build quality and value for your money.
    good
    Other comments
    even with the start up problem with the two I still think these are some of the best hob filters I have used (I've had lots of different ones).



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