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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-08-2013, 06:59 AM
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I just switched from a Fluval C4 HOB filter to a canister and I already like it better. Absolutely no noise I can hear (it's a bedroom tank), the flow is better throughout the tank and it looks less cluttered inside. Plus, the room for customization is nice!
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post #32 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-08-2013, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Which one did you get? I like Ehiem , but Fluvals are good as well. I find the Fluvals have better flow. The down side to canisters are that they are harder to clean & a lot of folks put off cleaning them because they are more involved.
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post #33 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-08-2013, 07:26 AM
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Which one did you get? I like Ehiem , but Fluvals are good as well. I find the Fluvals have better flow. The down side to canisters are that they are harder to clean & a lot of folks put off cleaning them because they are more involved.
I went the cheap way with the sunsun due to the UV sterilizer integrated with it also. Everything feels extremely sturdy besides the handles on the media baskets and the plastics for intake/output.

Honestly, I think the canister will be easier than the HOB. I had to take the HOB off the back and take it apart piece by piece to clean it if it got really messy. The canister I just close the tubing, disconnect intake/output from filter and open it up.
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post #34 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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I really feel any canister if cleaned properly will be much more involved than a HOB filter. Between the long tubing that needs to be cleaned with a long wire brush not to mention the head, & fittings should be cleaned along with the impella , media baskets sponges , there is just way more work & surface area to clean & be concerned about killing your beneficial bacteria.
I would say it takes me 3-4 times longer to clean a canister. Especially trying to make the bacteria stay alive. I watch the temperature , & aeration while cleaning the filter which you would need to do with HOB filters anyway.
The HOB filter would get the edge in ease of cleaning compared to canisters. But thats the least of the concerns to me .
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