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Old 03-27-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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HOB vs canister

Whitch is better for a 72 gallon saltwater tank I would love a sump but it won't fit under my stand and I'm trying to keep the weight down since I'm on the 2nd floor
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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I don't think a canister is ever a good idea. They are nitrate factories. I would go with HOB if those are your only two options

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Old 03-27-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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Canisters are superior to HOBs in every way, though the type of filtration needed for a saltwater tank is largely dependent on the type of SW tank you want to have. In tanks with live rock, I believe power heads are all you really need because nitrification occurs in the rock.
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Is there any other filtration ?
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Every other post I have read here states that canisters are no good for salt water

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Being superior does not mean they are a better choice for all application. There's nothing a HOB can do better than a canister. But, like I said, SW filtration is largely dependent on the type of SW aquarium and without knowing that it's hard to give a concise answer.
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Any pics of the stand? A small sump is better than no sump.

I wouldn't do either. If you really can't fit even a ten gallon as a sump do lots of live rock, a powerhead, and hob huge and skimmer. These would be better than a regular hob filter or canister.
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Thxs I'm doing a fowlr I'm may add few corals later.
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The biggest reason I can't have a sump is the added weight and what's hob huge?
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I think he meant fuge?

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