Originally Posted by brandonv26
I am just wondering if canister filters are really worth all the hype. I am going to be setting up a 55 gallon mbuna malawai cichlid tank and I am wondering if its really worth the extra money to get a canister filter or if I could get away with just using a couple of HOB
For large tanks like 75gal and above I see a positive value to Canister Filters. Leaking is a downside which is one reason why I had to stop using my Fluval 404. It's the nature of the beast since gravity along with suction pulls water downward.
Now in my opinion it's 75gal -90gal tanks that's where the line blurs between which is best. HOB
's like the AC
-110 can easily handle a 75gal, but so can a Fluval 406 Smaller tanks like a 55 and HOB
's like an AC
-70 can do the job.
Once you get into the 100gal range, you get above the filtration capacity of most LFS
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