Largest Aquarium Without Needing Canister

sullivanbay94
  • #1
HI all,

I'm just wondering what would be the largest size aquarium you can get without needing a canister filter. I currently have a 29 gallon running and i'm wanting to go bigger but I would rather not get into canister filters. What would be the largest aquarium size I could get without needing a canister over a regular filter.

Thanks in advance.
 
alauruin
  • #2
My personal preference is to go for a canister at anything larger than a 29 gallon (and I have used a canister on a 29 gallon as well) because I feel like I start wasting too much space in/around my tank with multiple smaller filters once you get that large.

If you don't mind the multiple filters, however, a 55 gallon would easily be doable with multiple HOBs and sponges. I've not had anything larger than a 55 gallon so I can't say for sure whether you could go bigger and still reasonably get away with it.
 
Sarah73
  • #3
I got 1 hob and 2 sponge filters. Tank is crystal clear. No such thing as too much filtration. It's also a 60 gallon.
 
wodesorel
  • #4
Is there any reason why you want to avoid a canister? I always thought they were overpriced and overhyped, until I found a new one at a garage sale that was too good a deal to pass up. Now I wish I could have them on all my tanks!
 
Fanatic
  • #5
I liked running the two together, now I just switched to HOB.
 
sullivanbay94
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
I'm relatively new to the hobby.... I had a tank running for about 5 years but that was years ago, just getting back into it now and I don't have any experience with canisters and i'm not one for change lol plus I keep my tank in my bedroom so noise is a factor at night.
 
Fashooga
  • #7
Canisters are pretty quiet, less maintenance as well. Maybe clean it once a quarter? They hold better filtration and they are easy to hide.
 
Thunder_o_b
  • #8
I run canisters and HOB on all our aquariums. 29 gallon to 150 gallon. As a failsafe. And I service them every weekend on rotation. Remember, to control nitrates you need to export organics before they enter the cycle.... Unless you enjoy lots of water changes
 
Mick Frost
  • #9
I run sponge filters in up to 55g, my local Cichlid breeder has Motoros in a 48x96x18 with nothing but a sponge filter as well as a bunch of 90g and a 120g.
 
david1978
  • #10
I have a single aquaclear 110 on my 75 gallon tank. Have never had a need for more filtration on it. I think people go a little crazy with the, you need 10× filtration. No you don't as long as you can keep 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites your filtration is adequate.
 
Mike1995
  • #11
HI all,

I'm just wondering what would be the largest size aquarium you can get without needing a canister filter. I currently have a 29 gallon running and i'm wanting to go bigger but I would rather not get into canister filters. What would be the largest aquarium size I could get without needing a canister over a regular filter.

Thanks in advance.

why not? You'd save money. Like a lot of money. And time
 
HORNET1
  • #12
I have a single aquaclear 110 on my 75 gallon tank. Have never had a need for more filtration on it. I think people go a little crazy with the, you need 10× filtration. No you don't as long as you can keep 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites your filtration is adequate.
I agree with you, David.
I really think some folks have the idea that more filtration means less water changes.
In my experience, 30% water changes twice weekly and live plants are the best formula for a healthy tank. Of course adequate filtration is a necessity, but it's no substitute for those water changes, IMO.
As my signature line says...The maintenance free aquarium is a myth.
 
TexasDomer
  • #13
Well, some of the really large tanks have sumps, not canisters. Does that count?
 

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