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Old 01-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Canister vs hob filter?

I have a 46 gallon tank that currently has African cichlids in it. I am running two marineland Bio wheel 350's and thought about upgrading to a canister filter? I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on if its worth it or just a waste of time and if it is worth it what brand?
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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I can't tell you much about brands but I can tell you IMO/E that canisters are far superior. Less maintenance and they stay hidden.
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What brand do u use? I am just tired of the noise due to this tank is in my bed room and it seems like the water has tons of tiny air bubbles in the tank due to the hob returning the water the way it does just doesn't let the water look clear
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Pro aqua or sun sun I think they are called. They are just cheap eBay knock off canisters but they work really well. Ive just ordered my third one.
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Stick with reliable Name brand filters. You want one you can enjoy and use for years. My Fluval G3 came with a 3 year warranty. Also I had a little question and I Was able to call Hagen (the company who owns the Fluval brand) and get live help.
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I second the recommendation of Sun Sun (easily found under the brand name AquaTop) canisters. Excellent value for money. You can buy two or three for the price of a similar name-brand product.
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Pro aqua or sun sun I think they are called. They are just cheap eBay knock off canisters but they work really well. Ive just ordered my third one.
Do they come with spray bars?
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The AquaTop canisters come with spraybars, sometimes with a surface-skimmer attachment as well.
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Are Sun Sun filters double wall constructed?

Also does the Sun Sun have these standard features below?

Special features: (My Fluval G3 has these features)
  • AQUASTOP: Quickly disconnects hosing
  • EASY PRIME: Starts water flow without manual siphoning
  • LOCKING LEVERS: Cast zama levers for a secure seal
  • SILICON GASKET: Provides superior sealing and long term flexibility
  • CANISTER WALL: Double wall construction eliminates motor noise
Remember you get what you pay for and if your canister filter leaks, or breaks it would be a mess or if your motor stops in the middle of the night or on a weekend when your out it could mean no water flow and dead biological filtration/ dead fish. So be careful and use trusted brands. Ehiem, Fluval or Marineland for canister filters. Aqueon for HOB filters.
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Does it have a quick-disconnect for the hosing? Yes.
Does it have a priming-feature, as well as self-prime after cleaning? Yes
Does it have locking levers? Yes, 4 of them. Seem sturdy enough to me
Does it have a solid sealing gasket? Yes
Is it double walled? I don't think so, but it is silent regardless of this "feature". Barely audible with an ear right up next to it

I have yet to see any catastrophic failure reports of the AquaTops, if you have, please direct me to them for further reading.

Until mine fails, or I hear of them failing any more often than the "trusted" brands, I will have no qualm with recommending them to others over the arguably overpriced, name-brand options.
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