I am in the process of putting together my very first tank. A 55 gallon community freshwater with live plants and low to mid lighting. I have decided on my fish and a few of the plants and am now looking at filtration.
I have been advised that a canister filter would be good for my situation. However, I don't have the budget for a high dollar Eheim unit. therefore, I am here asking you. What is the best canister filter for under $80? I realize that this is based very much on opinions. But opinions is all I can base this decision on really.
Here are links to the 4 in the poll above (all at Big Als):
Penn Plax Cascade 1000 Canister Filter
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals RENA Filstar XP 2 Canister Filter
Marineland H.O.T. Magnum - 250 G.P.H.
Marineland Magnum 350 Micron Filter
If you know of another, by all means, let me know. I need to come to some sort of conclusion on a filter fairly soon.
Thanks for any and all input!