HOB or Canister?

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


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Isabella

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.

Dino
 

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I really like my HOB filters, for their ease of cleaning.
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Thank you for the replies
 

atmmachine816

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

Jason

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I'm gettin a canister for my new tank
 

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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.
 

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

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Both.

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.
 

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Canister.
 

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

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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.

Rick
 

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I answered "Canister" but it kind of depends on the range. I have a 90 gallon 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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Canister & HOB together the more the better
 

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

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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
 
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