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Old 04-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Best Canister filter

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I was wondering if you folks could recommend a canister for my new 55 gal
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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There's a few manufacturers that make good canisters....... I'm partial to Fluval and Eheim myself, but whatever you choose, I recommend getting one that's a size up from what you need.
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So with a 55 gal.the fluval 406? I see the 306 is rated for 70 gal. And i have a 55
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You'll be OK with a 3 series, but personally I'd run a 4 series..... I'm a firm believer in "there is no such thing as over-filtration" on a FW tank. For example, I run a 404 on my 29g. And, as the filter ages, and gunk collects in-between cleanings, you'll find that the flow will slow down a bit.....
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Everyone has their own opinion on which is the best, but eheim and fluval are the big dogs in the race. I myself run a fluval 306 on my 20 gallon. As phranque mentioned you should be fine with the 306 as well, but that depends on your bio load. You'll quickly find out that most of the 55g owners here run the 405/406.
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If you want the best it's the eheim pros
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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Well due to the price its more then likely going to be the 406 from fluval...what are your folks thoughts on the chemical media use or dont use as I have read conflicting posts saying just use the biomax and thats all I am using now in my cycleing process on this tank in a aquaclear 300 .....going to use this with the 406.

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Yea just stick with the bio media. When you do get the filter get yourself a bag of polyfill and put it in the last tray instead of the carbon. It's the same stuff they make polishing pads out of at 10% of the price.
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I don't think eheim filters are that expenecive

A eheim will last you 10 years + without much maintenance

I have a eheim internal filter that has been running 24/7 for over 25 years and it still has the same impeller

The title did say the best not the best budget filter

I don't know many fluvals that have lasted past 5 years without having to replace something

The fx5 is total rubbish

Watch the fluval fanboys jump in and tell us how great they are and they have never had problems
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With the 406, you'll have a tall set of vertical course sponges that the water passes through first, then the water goes up through 4 trays to the top & back to the tank. I keep polyfill in the bottom two trays for finer mechanical filtration, and biomax in the top two. Every month at cleaing time, I'll toss the top tray of poly, move the bottom tray of poly up one space, and put fresh poly in the bottom one. Never throw it all away.... even though the poly is mostly mechanical, you'll still get beneficial bacteria growth there, so just rotate it. If I ever need to dose medication, I'll pull the top tray of poly and run carbon in that for a few days to get rid of the meds (in addition to a water change).
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