Originally Posted by rudfudge
Your probably right im running to internals atm and have never used any external filtration. I was recomended to switch to external to free some space in the tank. It just came across that external implied the canister models. My bad
I don't think your wrong, 'Externals' would be the general term for just Canisters. Filters are filters, whether they be internal, external, HOB
's. They are just put into categories for convenience.
I agree with both Artesia and Rudfudge!!. Generally when you refer to an 'External' filter most people would assume you mean a canister, which whether technically right or wrong, is the accepted term for a Canister. I guess a HOB
is also external but it saves people always asking you if you mean "HOB
I agree with Artesia that HOBs would not be considered dated. They don't seem to very popular in the British Isles but in the US, they seem to still be very popular. I could be wrong but that's the impression I get from our US members. I think the lack of choice and/or quality HOB
's in the UK/Ireland, has resulted in less popularity. I think the Fluval C range might change that opinion. I am a fan of both and personally I don't think one is better than the other. They both do the same job but just in different circumstances. Canisters are generally geared towards larger tanks, 25+g, where as HOB
's would be for anything from 5+g's upwards....