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Old 01-26-2005, 12:39 AM   #1
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Canister Filter for 20 Gal?

I might be getting a 20 Gal tank. Are there any canister filters that would work on a 20 gal tank that wouldn't totally overpower the tank? I would love to be able to do a canister instead of a HOB.
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i run a hot magnum on my 20 i know it is stil a kinda HOB canister hybrid, but i love it. anyway if u want a true canister might look into a magnum 220
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:10 AM   #3
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Ok. Thanks I will take a look at the 220. I am definately looking for a "true" canister so I am not really interested in the HOT Magnum.

What about the the lower end of the other filters out there such as Filstar XP1, Fluval 104, or Eheim 2213? Does anyone think these would work or just be too much current in a little tank?

I also saw this one:Hydor Prime 10. I have not heard anything about it or seen in mentioned anywhere so I am a little leary. If anyone has any information about it please pass it along.

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I have an XP1 for the 22 gallon that I've got...I'll likely be setting it up next week some time, so unfortunately I don't have any experience with it yet, but I'll certainly let you know!
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You could go with an Eheim Ecco Comfort 2232. Its rated for up to 35 gallons. Irun a 2234 on my 46 plus a ac 300 for water movement. I believe the Eheims are rated as a lower gph than Filstar or Fluval but they are still an excellent filter.Check out the filter here:

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=2885;pcid2=
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i love my Eheim 2213 ... awesome filter! Best one i have used so far with the HOT magnum pro in a close second!
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Sara - Thanks but I might buy something before then. I am anxious to get the 20 set up while I have the SAF (spousal approval factor) going for me.
penpitt - I had read somewhere that the ecco's didn't live up to Eheim standards (mainly noise & quality) and that people who previously owned other Eheim filters didn't particularly care for them. This was the main reason I did not list them earlier. It sounds like you are happy with yours so maybe I will take a look at these closer.
SerLunchbox - Do you think the 2213 would be too much on a 20 gal?

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Greenfish: no. Point the spray bar TOWARDS the wall and it greatly reduces the amount of water pressure geing passed. Look at my filters on the 50 gallon. I am turning my tank over 8-10 times every hour ... my rule of thumb is that you can never have enough filteration.
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Greenfish: no. Point the spray bar TOWARDS the wall and it greatly reduces the amount of water pressure geing passed. Look at my filters on the 50 gallon. I am turning my tank over 8-10 times every hour ... my rule of thumb is that you can never have enough filteration.
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Sara - Thanks but I might buy something before then. I am anxious to get the 20 set up while I have the SAF (spousal approval factor) going for me.
Well, then, I'll be looking to you for your experience if you'll be setting up before me, greenfish. Looks like you started the thread to get opinions for yourself, but you may end up finishing it by passing your experience along
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