Internal Cannister Filter?

beatking

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Does anyone here use internal cannister filters such as Fluval U series or MarineLand filters? What are the pro and cons of these filters? Do they filter on par with HOB filters? Thank you


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No experience but looking at the Fluval, it looks like a decent filter but it will take up a large amount of tank space. I think I would rather do an external canister.
 

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I have used two of the internal filters, on a 33g and a 40f,and for a few months I had the one rated for 40g on a 70g tank. They are good at moving the water around, which can be adjusted. They do good mechanical filtration. I never replaced the carbon that was in the insert, just allowed the filter to function as mechanical. I do have plants, and floating plants, which makes a difference (less "artificial filtration" is needed).

I used HOB back in the 1980;s but never since. I did not like their strong flow (I believe today they can be adjusted), and I certainly did not like the "waterfall" but I believe that too is different (?). The power went out one time when I was not home, and since I could not re-start the suction, the motor burned out. Lucky there was not a house fire. This may be another thing no longer relevant. I would not even consider HOB if I needed a new filter.

BTW, not sure "canister" applies to internal filters, just the large canisters that sit outside the tank.
 

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I have an old fluval u1? in one of my "nano" tanks and a small pennplax in the other.
Prefer them over HOBs
 

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