HOB or Canister?


If you had a tank between 75 - 125 gallons, which filter would you get?

  1. Hang On Back

  2. Canister

  1. Isabella

    Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    If you could have a tank as large as at least 75 galllons, up to 125 gallons, which filter would you get and why? Would you get more than one of the same kind?
  2. d

    dahly Valued Member Member

    I like the ease of cleaning and non existant monthly added cost of my Aqua Clear HOB's. Cleaning is a breeze and with their low cost at purchase, I can get two and get the 10x filtering capacity recommended for less than one cannister filter.
  3. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    With I like Aquaclears very much, the rena Filstar cannister filters push a great deal more water thru a larger amount of media.

    Thats the way I would go for bigger tanks.


  4. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    I really like my HOB filters, for their ease of cleaning.
  5. G

    Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    I personally hate HOB filters but still use them on some of my tanks. Canister filters are my favorite filters.
  6. OP

    Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    Thank you for the replies :)

  7. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    canisters are too expensive for me right now so i just use hob
  8. J

    Jason Well Known Member Member

    I'm gettin a canister for my new tank
  9. 0morrokh

    0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

    HOB filters are cheaper and easier, but due to their design are much less efficient. So, if I had enough money (which I probably wouldn't ;)), I would go with a canister.
  10. C

    COBettaCouple Fishlore Legend Member

    2 HOBs, each rated for that tank capacity, one on each side.
  11. darkwolf29a

    darkwolf29a Valued Member Member

    Both. :D

    But, then...I have a 75 gallon, with an Oscar in it, and I use the cannister for biofilteration and the HOB as the water polisher. ;)
  12. Sabi

    Sabi Well Known Member Member

  13. Tayful

    Tayful Valued Member Member

    Canister all the way, I have a 70g and that's what I'm using. :)
  14. h

    hockeyref88 Well Known Member Member

    I have canisters on all of mine and love them. If cost is an issue I can understand not using one, but only for that reason.

  15. sirdarksol

    sirdarksol Fishlore Legend Member

    I answered "Canister" but it kind of depends on the range. I have a 90g with a HOB, but it also is understocked, has a lot of plants, and has a refugium with lucky bamboo to provide extra biological filtration and to draw nitrates from the water. If I were to only have one kind of filter on a larger tank than that, it would be a canister.
  16. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Well Known Member Member

    I prefer a canister filter. I use the Fluval 405 on my 100gal tank and love it. Really quiet, easy to use, and has a great biological filter on it. Plus I think the tank looks much cleaner having the filter under it hidden in the stand and only 2 pipes hanging on the back vs. a large filter system itself hanking on the tank.
  17. MousePotato

    MousePotato Well Known Member Member

    I agree with Tumbleweed. Plus, my HOB does make such a mess on the wall, the lights, me, when I get too close... They are easier to clean, but they also need cleaning more often.
  18. CoryMac

    CoryMac Valued Member Member

    Canister & HOB together the more the better;)
  19. agabr123

    agabr123 Fishlore VIP Member

    canister! if they made canisters small and cheap enough i would get one for every single one of my tanks!
  20. FL CommunityFans

    FL CommunityFans Well Known Member Member

    Where's the option for BOTH?!

    I run a canister on all large tanks as well as a HOB. The canister is my primary bio-filter and the HOb I stuff full of AC sponges to act as a supreme mechanical filter. 4 of 100/70 sponges in an emp400 a long with the marineland blue pad and you'll have some nice mech. filtration ;)