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Old 07-20-2007, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Canister Filter question

I saw the other thread on canister filters and didn't want to hijack it.

I do not have a canister filter, but am interested in getting one. The problem is that I have three tanks in close proximity (55g, 20H, 10g) and was wondering if one canister filter could be split three ways to filter all 3 tanks. Can it cover more than one tank at a time? If so, what is/are the limiting factor(s)? Would I need one that could handle 85 gallons of water or a more powerful one?
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I can't see any problems r.e. the connection of 3 tanks to a cannister filter.

The problem I do see is the filter knowing how much water to return to each tank!!! i.e. it could pull 1 litre from 1 tank and replace it with 3 litres!!

Others may have answers for this problem.

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I don't think it is a good idea to try to make one filter work for multiple tanks. First, three smaller filters will cost little more than the monster filter needed to service all three tanks. Second, the water from the three tanks would be mixed, so any problem in one tank would become a problem in all three. Third, there are too many ways to end up with water all over the floor and one tank virtually emptied. Fourth, you would be forced to keep the three tanks very close together, but that just guarantees that you will want to put them in different locations. It is a bad idea all around.
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