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Old 12-04-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Canister Filter recommendations


Hello everyone Im currently running a 36 gallon bow front and an 8 gallon fluval flora. I've got a cruddy , space hogging internal filter in the flora...to gain space id like to get a canister. Recommendations? Additionally I decided to go ahead to upgrade my aqueon hob on the 36. Let me know ...thanks!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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Asking what is a good canister is like asking what are your favorite brand of shoes.

With canisters they are pretty much all the same, some have more bells others more whistles but they all perform the same job.

The Big names out there are Fluval and Eheim, There are several others as well Rena, Magnum, Aquatop, SunSun and many others I just can't remember at the moment.
with each brand you will find people that love them and those that despise them. I personally have owned Fluval, Ehiem and SunSun over the years I had a bad experience with the Ehiem but others love them I most likely just got one the slipped past Quality Control it happens. My Fluval ran great for well over 15years I moved to a new home and it was nowhere to be found when the time came to setup my tank again. So I did some research and picked up a SunSun canister and I couldn't be happier with it. Do a little reading up on the different models watch some you tube reviews and make a determination from there you can get the Porsche of canister filters or you can get a reliable daily driver either way it will get the job done.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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Asking what is a good canister is like asking what are your favorite brand of shoes.

With canisters they are pretty much all the same, some have more bells others more whistles but they all perform the same job.

The Big names out there are Fluval and Eheim, There are several others as well Rena, Magnum, Aquatop, SunSun and many others I just can't remember at the moment.
with each brand you will find people that love them and those that despise them. I personally have owned Fluval, Ehiem and SunSun over the years I had a bad experience with the Ehiem but others love them I most likely just got one the slipped past Quality Control it happens. My Fluval ran great for well over 15years I moved to a new home and it was nowhere to be found when the time came to setup my tank again. So I did some research and picked up a SunSun canister and I couldn't be happier with it. Do a little reading up on the different models watch some you tube reviews and make a determination from there you can get the Porsche of canister filters or you can get a reliable daily driver either way it will get the job done.
Yeah that sounds sensible. Thanks for your input. I was looking more for model names that will be a good power balance for my tank sizes.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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well u need to think of price range and what your looking for, i like my fluvals over my ehimes due to poor customer service from ehime but overall both units are built great, but if an issue arrises one beats the other hands down!! i would do a 405 and use a spray bar if the flow is to much for u drill them a size larger, if cost is an issue the sunsuns are great an some have uv lights built in them which is nice!
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:34 AM   #5
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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I have run most of the canisters on the market at one point or another.
I would be happy to give you a recommendation but I need more info.

Are we just talking about the 36G?
Or do you want two canisters, one recommendation for each tank?
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
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The eheim 2215 would be good for your 36g bow front and a smaller 2213 or 2211 for your 8g. The Eheim CLASSIC series beats fluval any day in my book, and I have both. Solid german engineering.
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sunsun 302 for the 36B. aquaclear 20 for the fluval 8g.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #9
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Eheim classics all the way for sure. +1
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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I have used both the Eheim line as well as the Rena xp series. My 29 gallon high-tech is currently operating with a Rena xp1. I have the filter housing packed with bio-filtration media, there is an inline heater, and I also run a DIY inline CO2 reactor. Consequently, the flow isn't exactly the best. I supplement this with an in-tank Koralia Nano 240 (very small and easily hidden). I have had absolutely no problems with this canister filter. It runs silently, it's simple to disconnect the intake and output hoses for cleaning, and it is VERY simple to get primed and running (No air-lock issues).

As others have already mentioned, to each his own. There are many canister filter brands. Each have pros and cons. All we, your fellow TPTers, can do is make our case for why we run what we run.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:07 PM   #11
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The eheim 2215 would be good for your 36g bow front and a smaller 2213 or 2211 for your 8g. The Eheim CLASSIC series beats fluval any day in my book, and I have both. Solid german engineering.
^^^ This. My only wish is that Eheim would give up the green for black.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #12
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Go with the Eheim. U can order a Eheim 2234 for $75 PLUS FREE SHIpPING!!! @ Petsmart.com. Just ordered 1 myself last night...
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:11 PM   #13
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Eheim classics all the way for sure. +1
+1 for eheim.

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Sunsun or Fluval has my vote.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:51 AM   #15
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am using a finnex px-360 for my 6 gallon. i think its perfect for tanks 10 gallons and less. its adds a extra .53g of water which helps. only downfall to me was i didnt think it was as big. its as wide and tall as my tank
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