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Canister Filters: Selection Guide


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Filtration & Water Quality: Canister Filter Selection Guide Filtration & Water Quality: Canister Filter Selection Guide
Canister filters are made for enhanced performance and convenience. Whether you're setting up a larger aquarium or simply wanting to upgrade your existing filter, the versatile and reliable nature of a canister filter makes it a great choice. Use the following chart to determine which canister filter is right for you.

  Aquarium
Size
(gallons)
Flow
Rate
(gph)
Special Features
Fluval
G Series
40-160 185-265 Ultra-advanced aquarium canister filter with electronic monitoring system
H.O.T. Magnum* 30-50 250 Easy-to-install hang-on-tank canister filter
Magnum
Filters*
40-100 350 Versatile canister filter for continuous use or for water polishing
Eheim
ECCO
up to 80 127-185 Easy handling and setup for low maintenance multi-stage filtration
Eheim
Classic
66-159 116-264 Quiet, efficient performance in a compact unit
Eheim
Pro 3
65-320 250-450 Extra large professional-grade canister filter, loaded with innovative features
Eheim
Pro 3E
up to 185 396-490 Programmable canister filter blends electronic technology for a healthy aquarium environment
Fluval Multi-
Stage 06
25-100 145-383 Increased hydraulic performance delivers the power to maintain strong flow rates through customized stages of mechanical, chemical, biological AND fine mechanical filtration.
Fluval FX5 400 925 Powerful, high-volume multistage canister filter with electronic circuit board that monitors pump performance
Rena FilStar up to 265 250-450 Easy water shut-off and disconnect lever allows convenient filter maintenance
Marineland
C-Series
30-150 160-530 Sleek canister filter with no by-pass design for thorough filtration
Rapids Mini 20 80 Compact canister filter excellent for smaller aquarium setups
Ocean Clear 100-1,000 800-1,600 Advanced design and professional-grade components make cleaning and maintenance quick, easy, and convenient
Reaction
4-Stage
up to 175 198-290 4-in-1 canister filter with mechanical, chemical & biological filtration - plus UV sterilizer

* = Upgrading to a Pro System provides excellent biological filtration

 

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