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Hang on Back (HOB) 11 45.83%
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:35 AM   #11
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Canister all the way

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Old 12-03-2011, 01:29 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by LyndaB


I can't believe how quiet and maintenance free the canister is.
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Canisters are the way to go. I'm slowly ditching all my other filters and getting canisters. IMO/E superior to HOBs.

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:07 PM   #13
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I use both as I have several different sized tanks. But my real answer is I like what ever is affordable.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:25 PM   #14
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i have a fluval 305 canister on my 60g
an HOB on my 10g and 29g.

- looking into mini canisters so i can put one on my 10g..

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Old 12-15-2011, 04:08 PM   #15
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I love the canister, but I have only 1 on my 37-gallon tank. I have hobs on my 20 and ten gallon tanks. I want a canister for my 20-gallon but cant justify the expense right now. I wish there was a canister filter where I could chain my 5 smaller 2.5 - 5 gallon tanks.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:30 PM   #16
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I've always had HOB filters, but I would really like to try a canister next time I set up a new tank. I would have picked one up for my 30gal but it came with 2 HOB's in great shape so I just stuck with them.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #17
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I use both with sponge filters. They have they're advantages and disadvantages. I use the canister filter for water flow with the cichlids and the HOB for the gold fish tanks.
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I use both types and love my canister. It's an ehiem on my 55 and have hob on my smaller tanks, aquaclear is a nice hob, same as emporer bio wheels, don't ever get tetra filters- pure garbage they are so loud and make every other hob sound quiet as a canister and they keep binding up on me. I'm slowly swapping them out for aquaclears.
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:02 AM   #19
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I'm really surprised it's 11 - 15. There's really no comparison: canisters will always be quieter, they aren't as visible,and they don't take up space behind the tank. I think HOB's are fine for some situations, especially when money is tight, or when the visual of the top of the tank is unimportant (fishroom tanks etc.), but the primary difference is price. It's kinda like asking if a 75g or a 300g is better. Of course I'd rather have the 300, but if price is limiting, I'll go with the former. Of course, that's just my opinion

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