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What Is Your Opinion On Canister Filters ?



What is your opinion on canister filters (or any other type; UGFs are rarely used nowadays)?

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Great at mechanical filtration. Bad at nitrification. Can be set up to be OK at denitrification (depending on the media used).

Also, most good canisters are super pricey. They're a bad choice for anyone that has a lot of tanks, or anyone that has enough time to DIY an overflow and sump.
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I just don't understand why they are so expensive. Surely plastics must be getting cheaper with the oil prices so low.
And most of them are just a plastic can with a pump inside, and a few plastic tubes.

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I advocate canisters for a reason which most, even fish lovers, find somewhat esoteric: noise...for the fish. I have long felt that providing a comfortable environment should be all encompassing. Water chem..check. Temp...check. Hardscape, hiding places, open spaces...check. Noise.........Noise? Yes, noise. Although I cant prove it scientifically, I have to imagine that living a entire life with that incessant DRONE of an impeller pump has to get annoying for them. Canisters are simply the most practical way of getting that "in-tank" noise as low as possible. Internal filters are the worst of course, followed very closely by any HOB.
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Just buy knockoffs, work just as well.
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Canister filters are a great multi use filter system for fresh or saltwater. Eheim is my favorite with many of my old customers runnning the same canister for 30 years plus without a problem. Compare that success with the current crop of throw away models from other manufacturers. Love the Thermofilter and the built in heater system. I manufactured Trickle filter or Wet Dry filters for over 20 years and I bet not many are left around...but the Eheim canisters are still humming along.
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canisters are great and well worth the money, I am talking about basic models here. the fancy models with sensors and electronics are waste of money, too many components that will break.

I would highly recommend eheim classic model to anyone.
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I like the ability to customize media right out of the box. As an added bonus, my wife can hear a bug burp at a hundred yards, so the quiet running is a great thing.
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HOB filters have a problem in open top aquariums where evaporation is high. The varying water level will break siphon on them. Plus HOBs are generally too small to hold much media.
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Can a planted tank do well without any filtration?
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I'm very happy with my marineland emperor 400 HOB. Lots of space for your own media, pretty quiet, and 400 GPH. All that for just $50!

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Can a planted tank do well without any filtration?
Quick answer, yes.
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Can a planted tank do well without any filtration?
yes, but it will do better with filtration
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I switched to a canister filter (Fluval 306) and haven't gone back, love how quiet it is, ease of changing the media compared to an internal filter or HOB filter.
Provides adequate water turnover.
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