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I am in the process of doing this very thing. Replacing my 2 HOBS for 2 medium canisters. I think it's just more of a personal preference really. My HOBs have been working great, but I don't like the water fall that I get because it knocks my fish around if they pass under it and it is noisy. I liked the sound the first year, but now I hate it. I did eleviate the waterfalls for awhile by keeping the water level high enough the filter flow would just ripple across the surface, but that didn't work too good when we had an eartquake 2 weeks ago. Water was slopping out both sides of my tank and I thought fish were going to be carried right out with it!

I also like that canisters have more room for biological filtration as well as being hidden away from view ;)
 

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I find the waterfall noise rather soothing, but I can see where it could become irritating. Not sure if just upping the HOB capacity will clean things up as much as I'd like.

Can I ask which canisters you're considering? Won't be able to do anything until after Christmas, but do like to research before jumping.

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I am getting two Rena Filstar XP2's. It took me a year of reading reviews about canisters before I finally settled. There's a lot to concider and something often overlooked is what is available to you if something goes wrong and you need replacement parts. I will not have a problem with this here. Also, there hasn't been many negative reviews about leaking, broken latches, cracks ect with this brand like some of the others.
 

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Well, it's not a brand name, but we'll see how it works. I just bought an Odyssea CF500 canister filter for the tank. I will pull one of the AquaClear 50s and see how things go. BTW, I added pre-filter sponges on the intakes of the AquaClears and it made a HUGE difference in water clarity.

Just got in a shipment of 3 albino BN plecos and a HUGE mat of Java fern and Bolbitis heudoliti from here on the forum and they're adding a good note to the tank. Update pictures in a bit.

Thanks for looking!:)
Great! Sounds like things are going well for you. Looking forward to seeing your new pics :)
 
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