This isn't your typical HOB
vs canister question, so sit tight
I currently have 2 Penguin 200's on my 56 gallon FW
tank. One of them has the "standard" filter media for the filter plus a 50 micron Coralife polishing cloth. The other has the "standard" media plus 2 Purigen pouches. Both obviously have the BioWheel. My water is crystal clear.
I'm considering replacing them with pair of Fluval C4 HOBs, or maybe a 406 canister. The pair of HOBs would have the flow rate closest to what I currently have. What I'm wondering is if it's worth it to even replace my HOBs with the Fluvals ("if it ain't broke..."), and if so, if sticking with the HOBs is the "best" path forward. My other concern is whether my Purigen pouches will be able to fit in the Fluval HOBs.
For the canister, it doesn't have quite the same flow rate as my 2 HOBs, and much less than the 2 C4s combined. From a filter media standpoint, it appears to be able to hold the same, if not more, than what I currently use.
Any input is appreciated. It might be 6 of one, half dozen of another, and 3+3 for what I'm currently running
I'm not sure I'm even going to do this, since what I have is working just fine; it's more of an exploratory thing right now, so that in the event I need to replace a filter, I have my ducks in a row.