View Full Version : Best canister filter?

04/12/2010, 05:32 PM
I have never used a canister filter, recently set up a 40g octagon that the design of the stand is going to prevent the use of a sump. What are the best canisters out there? This tank is going to be FOWLR for now if any corals are ever introduced it will only be mushrooms.

04/12/2010, 06:54 PM
Eheim classics are great. Fairly low priced, and fantastic reliability.

04/12/2010, 09:46 PM
As far as the best the hagen fluval G-series looks pretty sweet. I haven't tired it, but I'am using a fluval 305 on a 50 gallon and it has treated me pretty good. Most of the canister filter are pretty much the same. The biggest thing with canister filters is cleaning them often or they become nitrate factories. I normally clean mine once a week or so.

04/12/2010, 10:14 PM
Eheim all the way!! I have several of their ecco series that have been great for years.

04/13/2010, 07:54 AM
+1 fuval 305 i have one on my 40 breeder any my water is crystal clear the key is to clean them often i clean mine when i do my water change every two weeks

04/13/2010, 07:55 AM
rena xp3 is a great filter too

04/13/2010, 08:26 AM
Eheim +1. I have used fluvals in the past and Eheims are far superior. They are easier to open, have more capacity and are quieter; you can't go wrong with them.

04/13/2010, 01:04 PM
I have used a rena filstar xp2 and an eheim Ecco series. They both are quiet, reliable, and have plenty of room for media. However, I would still rather run a couple of TLF reactors in lieu of the xp2 that I'm currently using. The XP2 takes up some room under my tank and I don't like the feed and return hoses running up to my tank.
My advice, if you have a sump, don't waste money on canister filters, by a media reactor and be done with it. If you have canister filters already lying around, then they are a workable solution as long as you clean frequently. Even after 1 week of use, I cringe when I clean the damn thing. I need to break down and get the media reactors.