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Old 03-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Best type of filter for planted tank?


Hi, I have a 46g moderately planted tank. I have been keeping planted tanks for about 6 years now. I am currently using HOB Bio-wheel filtration only. I don't use any type of CO2 system. Only CO2 added is from fish and liquid carbon supplementation (Seachem's Flourish Excel), as well as trace mineral supplementation.

I have read that the surface agitation from the HOB filters can cause an off-gas of CO2 in the tank, decreasing the CO2 levels in the water.

What are your thoughts on the best type of filters for planted tanks with fish? I am looking for a relatively low-maintenance device with low upkeep cost.

I am particularly interested in thoughts on the canister filtration system. Anyone using Marineland's HOT Magnum Canister Filter?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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eHeim 2217 for your tank is probabaly a response many will give you. I have the smaller 2213 and its the best. Generally speaking eheim is the way to go imo.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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Canisters are awesome for low maintenance and are generally quieter to boot. No to mention the versatility in media you can use. I have my first eheim on the way. A 2213 for my fluval ebi. I've been running a sunsun 302 for over a year now on my 29 gallon and it has been great and was very inexpensive.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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Most of us go with canisters, especially when we are talking about tanks under about 100 gallons or so.

Everyone has their own opinion. I have yet to use a sump but it seems like a lot of people are able to run quite a bit more CO2 because of how much oxygen it adds to the water.

HOB filters are fine for me. The caveat with CO2 is you need to top off a lot or your CO2 levels will not stay consistent. You all will off gas CO2 but you reap the benefit or more oxygen in the water. I actually find I do better with a HOB in terms of fish, though I don't use them anymore, plants do about the same. Maintance is much higher though, I find I had to clean them every 2 weeks to a month.

Canisters are what I use but I am not sure they are my favorite. What I like about them is maintenance is less often. However, what I don't like about them is when you have issues with them, you don't really notice until it's problematic. I may get a random leak hear and their but its so rare I don't really think to check. By the time I catch it, it has been going on for some time. I am learning over time (5 years) how to catch things more quickly by listening to odd sounds but only now am I catching things fairly quickly.

I also have chronic surface scum in one tank, I can get it to go away but it will just come back one day and really badly. That is only on 1 tank, I don't know why. I thought it may be what is on my hands or something but it only happens in one tank, I had 3 with canisters at one time, only one had the issue.

I am on the fence about reliability of canister filters vs. other options. 1 has been ultra reliable. One has been more reliable than my HOB. One has had it's problems over the years. Maybe I just got one bad one.

I don't want to say canisters are bad, most of us use them and I have been using them exclusively on my tanks for a long time. I sometimes question going back to a HOB but they are ugly and take a lot of maintenance. That's why I am think sump next, kind of has the benifits of both a canister and a HOB in one, with added filtration and more water volume.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 PM   #5
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Wet/Dry is my favorite.
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I use wet/drys on all my tanks and all my client's tanks. Sometimes they have a post canister micron filter.

I even use one on my ADA 60p, a 17 gallon tank.
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Anyone using Marineland's HOT Magnum Canister Filter?
I use a HOT Magnum but only as a micron filter to polish up the water after a re-scape or somethng. The HOT does not have a large media basket and isn't as versatile as a Fluval or and Eheim. They are great micron filters but as far as a primary canister there are many better options. I have owned and used the following and would recommend any of these brands: Eheim, Fluval or Rena Filstar.

Other common brands are Marineland, Penn Plax, Aquatop, and Sun Sun.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:40 AM   #8
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I use wet/drys on all my tanks and all my client's tanks. Sometimes they have a post canister micron filter.

I even use one on my ADA 60p, a 17 gallon tank.
Pics or it didn't happen. Wet dry, really? Come on man.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:32 PM   #9
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Pics or it didn't happen. Wet dry, really? Come on man.
I assume you're trolling? You mean like this one?



Tom's discussed the merits of wet/dry extensively in his threads.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #10
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Pics or it didn't happen. Wet dry, really? Come on man.
lol. Wet dry add more oxygen than canister so allows higher CO2 levels and fish are less stressed.
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