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Ive been asked why I run two canister filters on my tank(s). I demonstrated this for my wife this weekend. I was cleaning a Marineland C-220. I had removed the impeller guard and pulled the impeller. Cleaned everything and was putting it together and snapped the impeller shaft. If I had only one filter I would have been out of luck. As it is I do have a reduced filtering capacity but with a planted tank I dont think it will be an issue. New impeller ordered and will be here by weeks end. What say you, two smaller filters or one larger canister?
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Ive been asked why I run two canister filters on my tank(s). I demonstrated this for my wife this weekend. I was cleaning a Marineland C-220. I had removed the impeller guard and pulled the impeller. Cleaned everything and was putting it together and snapped the impeller shaft. If I had only one filter I would have been out of luck. As it is I do have a reduced filtering capacity but with a planted tank I dont think it will be an issue. New impeller ordered and will be here by weeks end. What say you, two smaller filters or one larger canister?
The redundancy of two filters is nice for sure! I run two though as my cabinet is not that tall, but is wide enough for two 206 filters. Having two also allows me to have one for CO2 injection and the other for the inline heater If I could fit a larger filter I would have just the one, but keep a spare propeller + o-ring in case of such scenarios for sure.
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Space and money can be an issue. One filter for me but I have several old filters laying around that I can throw on a tank in a pinch if the main filter on a tank goes down.
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Space and money can be an issue. One filter for me but I have several old filters laying around that I can throw on a tank in a pinch if the main filter on a tank goes down.
My strategy as well. As long as I can transfer media from the old filter into the backup, I'm ready to go. This does not protect against incidents of bacteria culture death, but I have a hard time imagining events that might cause the death of a bacteria culture that would not effect both filters installed on a tank.
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