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Old 07-20-2007, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

My wife has agreed that if I consolidate ALL OF MY little tanks, she is agreeable to having a 55 Gallon tank basically in the living room.

To indulge my obsession I had started all of my 'little' tanks in the basement where I thought they would not get in the way.
(We have a busy house with 4 beautiful bouncing children.)

So now I am planning on what I need to do after I get my 55 Gallon Tank. Lights I think may be easy.
But for the canister filter, I am not sure.

If you were to do a 55 Gallon tank over again brand new, what would you pick for your filter and why?

For the most part I am curious what brand fellow hobbyist like the most,
secondly I am curious what people like for a filter in a 55 Gallon tank besides a Canister Filter. I did see the Fluval and was curious.

Please let me know.

What is your favorite filter for a 55 Gallon tank and why?

(Thank you in advance for your help with this.)

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Old 07-20-2007, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

Money is always an issue for me, so I look for good enough quality and low price. I like my Rena Filstar XP-3 because it is cheap, has a high flow rate, and is very easy to prime, something Fluval cannot say, in my experience. It isn't rugged, but it does seem to be rugged enough for my purpose. Mine is on a 45 gallon tank, but seems a bit oversized for that tank.
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

There's obviously many filters that will fill the bill, but my money is on the Eheims. I have an Ecco 2236 on my 72g for almost two years now and absolutely love it. The Eheim Classic 2217 would also do nicely for a 55g.

The one thing you'll notice if you compare Eheim's ist that their flows are less than their competitors for the same tank size recommendations. I believe Eheim claims better biofiltration based on media pass-through thus the lower flow rates needed.

The double-taps on the Ehiem classics are great too. You simply disconnect the tubing at the double taps and all the water stays in the outflow/inflow tubing, so when you reconnect their is no priming.
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

Canister filters seem so very different than Hang On Back power filters.

Flo rate. With HOB they just tell you the size tank that they are designed for.

Do you prefer one over the other because of the 'containers' in the canister and how they stack together or not?

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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

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Canister filters seem so very different than Hang On Back power filters.

Flo rate. With HOB they just tell you the size tank that they are designed for.

Do you prefer one over the other because of the 'containers' in the canister and how they stack together or not?

(Thank you again for the help.)
As far as Eheim's the Ecco has the separate containers with a pull handle on the top. Couldn't be any easier to change media individually. The Classics do not have separate containers. The Ecco pretty much came out to give some of the ease of maintenance of the more expensive professional line without the hugh price.
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

I've got an Ehiem 2128 on my 36"x18"x18" (I think that's about 55 US gallons!). It's overkill maybe but an awesome filter and dead easy to clean along with heating the tank.
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

Once I get a new tank and if I get a canister filter;
would it be good to clean the old tank and then use the NEW canister filter to
clean the OLD dirty water (after stirring up the substrate REALLY well) to start or establish a good biological filter for the new tank in the NEW canister filter?

Part of me is thinking Canister Filter and part of me is thinking Sponge Filter (like described in Diana Walstad's book) so that shrimp, fish fry, snails and Artemia Nauplii are not sucked into a monster filter.

Feedback?

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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

I agree, not Fluval. I had one for a long time and HATED doing maintenance. It was horrible.
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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

Rena Filstar hands down. They are easy to setup, prime, clean & maintain. To keep fry/shrimp from getting sucked up, then just use a pre-filter sponge over the inlet. To seed it you can use the sponges etc from your old filters or you can put the bio-media from the new filter into your establish tanks for a couple of weeks.



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Default Re: Favorite Canister Filter for 55 Gallon Tank

I have one Eheim, three Rena Filstars, on assorted tanks.

XP3 for a 55, mine is an XP2, and I ended up getting a powerhead for additional flow. I do like my Rena.

If this is to be a planted tank - do yourself a favor, and get either a 50, or a 75. Get the 18" dimension (50 is x3', 75 x4'), it is very hard to make a nice aquascape in a 4 foot long, 1 foot deep, tank. At least for me it is.

As for sucking things in - get the $2.00 bags meant for micro bags for stuff inside Aquaclear HOB filters. Now go to Walmart, and buy a sheet of the plastic squares in the craft section, it is maybe a dollar.

Cut a thin strip of the plastic squares sheet, and curl it up into a tube, yknow, 1" tall strip wound wound wound around itself in a little tube.... put it inside the bag in the bottom... and let the curl go. It expands out, holds the sides of the bag out away from the intake in next step. Put your intake in the bag, tie the cords around intake pipe... voila, prefilter that is pretty darn fry proof and I'm experimenting now on shrimplet proof, so far so good.

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