Canister Filter Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Cousincat, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. CousincatNew MemberMember

    What size tank would you really upgrade to a canister filter? I recently inherited a 55 gallon that I plan on setting up in the future, however I don't have a filter for it and dont know if a regular HOB Filter would suffice.
    Any help would be appreciated!
  2. OneLittleBubbleWell Known MemberMember

    40 gallon and bigger probably depending on the fish
    I would mainly use it on a 75 gallon though otherwise for my goldfish I use sponge filters and do weekly water changes
  3. CousincatNew MemberMember

    Thank you!
  4. DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    Anything OVER 40. For my 40's and less, I use HOBs. Ive even used 2 HOBs on a 55 a few times.
  5. SwampgorillaValued MemberMember

    There's no "rule" for this. Canister filters come in all sizes. If you want a larger volume of mechanical / biomedia - then a canister is the way to go.
  6. FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    I have a 55g that has two HOB running the tank. I don't think there's an official rule to this. In my opinion I think it depends on what fish you have in the tank. So if you went large cichilds in that tank I would look at getting a canister but IMO, I think 75g is when I would consider getting a canister .

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