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Filter suggestions for 40b

I just picked up a 40b, not sure what I am going to put in it yet, it will be low tech planted.


I was thinking for the filter to go with a canister.


What do you guys suggest, I was thinking one of the new Fluval Canister filters such as the 407.


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I use a SunSun 303b on my 40 breeder and it's been great. I would say realistically the 307 would be sufficient for a 40 breeder, but the 407 wouldn't hurt either.


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Fx4 is top of the line.
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Do you have a budget in mind that you'd like to stick to? That'll help with different levels of recommendations.
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Eheim 2217. Had the Fx4 and it leaked. It felt cheap compared to Eheim.
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Fluval are always advancing their products. Eheim 2217 is on sale for $187 right now. If you choose to buy, but I still do research between the 2. If you care for cost efficient on electricity, any fx canister will beat its competitors.
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I just picked up a 40b, not sure what I am going to put in it yet, it will be low tech planted.


I was thinking for the filter to go with a canister.


What do you guys suggest, I was thinking one of the new Fluval Canister filters such as the 407.


Thanks
Canister filter is a good way to go. I am currently running this fellow on my 40b quarantine tank. Cheapest option out there and does a great job for that tank. If you shop around you will notice its the same filter as the sunsun. Just cheaper and with built in UV.

I haven't handled the fluvals but my understanding is their fit and finish is better, but you pay for it /shrug just depends on where your budget is.
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I have the 307 on my 40B. Built a custom spray bar and suction, and changed out the ribbed lines. Does good so far (knock on wood). Media is easy to cut out of sheets of foam and what not (no complicated cuts or holes to make). In my case the flow is plenty but that could be debated I guess.

Got it 20% or 25% off preorder online from one of the "PET" store chains.

I previously had a Aquaclear 110 on it which also did a good job.


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I'm running dual Fluval 207's on my 40B with two spray bars. One bar is pointed down the back wall and the other on the side going across the top. It seems to be working great so far. For a single filter I would go with either the Eheim 2217 or Fluval 307.
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It depends on the fish, but fx4 is a really nice filter I hear. I have a Penn Plax filter and it gets the job done but when you open the top, water spills out. The first time I did maintenance I forgot to close the water lines and made a huge mess lol. Other than than the little bit of water coming out, it is a great filter.

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I'm currently running a Marineland Magnaflow 220 on my 45 gallon. It's working pretty well, though I had some issues with burping, but I think that was caused by the stainless steel inflow pipe w/ surface skimmer. I replaced the ss pipes with a lilly glass set last weekend and so far so good.

I'd love to try the Oase Biomaster Thermo. The prefilter thing looks super easy to do maintenance on, but Oase is pricey and I'm not there yet. Maybe when I upgrade to a bigger tank.
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407 would be great you just need to split output to 2 returns so each return is a gentler plant tank friendly flow and covers the whole footprint of tank with a evenly distributed current and no dead spots.

Throughput of 407 is roughly 245gph, split that in 2 and you’ve got a couple 120gph+ outputs, one to cover back half of 18” tank other to blow around front wall.
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I love my Marineland Magnum 350s. I bought my 1st one in 92, and the 2nd in maybe 98 and they both still work fine. Of course you'd have to find one used, but they are well built and parts are still obtainable.

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Cobalt EXT. I’ve got them on two 40 breeders. Easiest canister to clean, in my experience.
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I had an ehiem and aquaclear on my 40B before I moved; but for my recent tanks I've been using corner mittenburg filters and been extremely happy with them - i stick the heater in the corner where it isn't visible and they've been quite effective (cavet oldest tank with one is only 2 months old). I picked them up here:
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as for the aquaclear 70 and eheim 2217 - well i used both because i had the hob first and then picked up the canister - not that happy with the aquaclear even if it is well reviewed - it just doesn't seem that great - the flow is strong but the media is quite small - less than a decent sponge filter. The eheim works well but it is expensive and a pia to clean (i tend to clean mine about once every 4 or 5 months).


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