Nano canister filter

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Nano Tanks, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    Hello geniuses of fishlore! I'm looking for a nano canister filter, to hook up to some Lily pipes, for a 5.5 gal tank. Just a canister filter as small as possible:)

  2. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    When I had my betta tank set up, I used a zoo med nano 501 external canister filter.

    It was around $30.00 and worked really well. I believe they may sell it for turtles but its the same thing.

  3. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    I've seen your name all over the forums hahah! Is it the same as the zoomed nano 10? And can it be placed under the tank? And if so how far can it pump? Thanks for your help! Also can I hook it up to some Lily pipes?
  4. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Hopefully in a "good" way ;)

    Just out of curiosity, why a canister and not an HOB? The Zoo med is probably the same 501 to 10? and yes, it can be placed under the tank.

    The reason I ask is, although the canister was nice, there were some drawbacks - the tubes ( I imagine the lily tube will be the same ) get all gunked up over time and they are hard to clean. I had to use my power washer on the ends ( after taking it off the unit ) and even that didn't clean too good. It took a lot of time to use an old cloth/pipe cleaner stuff too. I ended up going back to an HOB after about a year. LESS maintenance.
  5. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    Well to answer your first question, I'm really into aqua scalping and don't really want an ugly internal/hob filter in the middle of the tank, also most products recommended are upwards of 100$ just to filter a 5 gallon tank! So I'm looking for a cheap alternative. Also their are pipe cleaners specifically made for Lily pipes and just tubing I can use, I understand it might be a bit extra work but I don't mind it. Thanks for you help!
  6. scottishduckValued MemberMember

    I've been looking to do something similar for a 10 gallon tank. I've settled on the Finnex PX-360 over the rest.

    The Tom Aquatics/Kollercraft Rapids Mini-Canister Filter and the ZooMed Nano 30 were others that I looked at near the end.

    Not sure if these are too large for a 5.5 gallon tank though.
  7. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

  8. scottishduckValued MemberMember

    I was going to set up the PX-360 with lily pipes in a 10 gallon. I have never used them though. ebay has tons of cheap options if your willing to wait. (wait for shipping and potentially reordering if they break in transit).
  9. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    I'll check them out!
  10. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    Also I know the way the 501/nano 10 is set up is funky, with the bio media at the beginning, how do you think I should rearrange it? I also want to add a bag of the 100ml seachem purigen so where should I put that? On another hand I think the fluval 106 is smaller than the nano 10 so should I use the fluval one (I can switch the ribbed hosing for clear tubing) over the nano 10?
  11. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    If you've got. Time check out my other posts also!
  12. Nano TanksValued MemberMember


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