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Hey all. I am looking for a canister filter for my 10 gallon. I currently have a Penguin 125 on it and while it is a nice filter, I think a canister might be better. First, do many others use small canisters for 10 gallons and if so what kind? I have been looking at the FLuval 104 and the Eheim 2213. Also, when choosing a canister filter, the recomender flow rate of 4-5 times the capacity of hte tank per hour do not seem to apply, at least to the better filters. I realize that this should mean that they are more efficient but don't we also want a good flow rate for the boundry layer around the plants, nutrient dispersion and to prevent dead spots that could lead to algae "pockets"? I am not sure what to think.

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Well, thanks for the input everyone:) I just ordered the fluval 104. It has the same gph(actually 9 gph more) than the eheim 2213. I am sure that the eheim is better and I figure I will reget it soon enough but I figured the $20 difference would by all my ferts for a bit an a nicer gravel vac and a couple bulbs. It like that for now:) THanks for hte wonderful input. My next filter (for a 20 or 30 gallon) will be an eheim. Thanks again.
 

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The Fluval 104 worked well for my 10 gallon. It seemed to have the right amount of flow for the tank but it woudl have been powerful enough to use an inline reactor or heater if you wanted too.

The only flaw I have in the Fluval is the hoses. Fluval uses large diameter, stiff plastic hoses that are somewhat annoying to use. These hoses have a 5/8 ID meaning that the connections on the filter ar 5/8. To get around this annoying issue, I replaced the fluval hoses with standard vinyl tubing. I used a short piece attached tothe filter then a reducing 5/8"-1/2" plastic bard and ran 1/2 vinyl tubing to the aquarium itself.

Simple fix. Other than that the Fluvals are nice. Definately not as nice as Eheim, IMO, but good for smaller tanks.
 
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