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canister filter vs hob filter
Old 12-31-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
 
canister filter vs hob filter

Whats the difference between a canister filter and a hang off the back filter?? What makes a canister filter better?? I currently have a fluval aqua clear 70 hob. Thinking of changing to a canister filter if its better, what brand should I get for my 35 gallon hexagon tank. Thanks.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #2
 
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Ahhh the age old debate!! Everyone will give you their opinions and you have to decide what works best for you. I hate the noise of the HOB, I find the motor to be noisy/rattles and the output of water is a constant splashing noise!! And for people, many people, who don't fill their tank to the top, this can get really noisy. The HOB is by far easier to clean. I can be lazier with the canister as it is silent, out of sight out of mind! I tend to leave it longer than most would. It also doesn't hurt to have both on a tank, biological in the canister and the fiber floss in the HOB for easy rinsing. Canisters can be harder to prime to get them started... well the older ones are. Also, if they don't come with them, you can add 2 shut off valves to disconnect your canister for cleaning so that the hoses stay in/on the tank. (input and output). Once cleaned, reconnect the hoses at the valves, open them, check for leaks, plug in and start her up.

Wondering what others will have to say about this debate!!?
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
 
Thanks for your input. In my case the hob filter motor is actually quiet. The only noise it produces comes from the lid rattling from the vibrations of the filter. I was able to stop that by placing an object with some weight on top of the lid. Problem solved. Now the splashing on the other hand as I am someone that also doesn't fill tank to top can get pretty annoying. But I accepted it as bearable since the splashing to my knowledge helps to aerate the tank correct?? So even if I used a canister filter wouldn't I need it to splash to aerate the water?? Especially since my tank is a hexagon tank and doesn't have a lot of surface area only 24 inches across and same 24 inches deep.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:21 PM   #4
 
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I use a splash bar and it just skims the surface. But yes it must still also break the surface.

So do you think you need a canister on that size a tank? What has you thinking you should or might get one?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:22 AM   #5
 
hows are lame. i dislike them for every reason seahorse says. loud, hate water splashing noise and such. canisters are best thing ive ever used. cleaning is a bit longer then hobs but dont have to do it as much. amazing things they are
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:02 AM   #6
 
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they both have their places where they excel. depends on how they are being used. one reason that people use the canister is the amount of media that it can hold. some swear by sump filters.they have no bypass.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:38 AM   #7
 
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Noisy is relative - you may have a super quiet HOB but it's still going to be loud when compared to a canister.

Ease of cleaning is the only area I can think of where HOBs excel over canisters. However, I don't clean my canisters more than a couple times a year, so even though it's much more involved, it's less frequently needed.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:09 AM   #8
 
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I totally agree with you Jaysee. It certainly is relative and subject to what one can tolerate. Jay is very lucky to have a quiet one!!

Ya 2x a year is about it pretty much. I usually only do so when the water flow seems low. And I run VERY old 2215's on both my 75 gallon tanks. Got them for $30 each (and a ton of extra parts) on Kijiji.ca which is a craigslist type site for Canada (only way better).
You don't have to spend a lot of money if you would like to try a canister out. Eheims are workhorses of the fish world btw.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:07 AM   #9
 
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Both are better, and neither are better, depending on what you want to accomplish. Work towards the strengths & weaknesses of each depending on your setup. Canisters are generally better at bio filtration, hob's at mechanical filtration.

If you've got a tank stocked with smaller community fish either one will work well. Start working with larger cichlids, cats, or other such messy fish & you're better off with one of each, set up for what it does best. Typical for this is your AC set up with a couple sponges & floss for mechanical filtration, and an Eheim set up for bio filtration. Toss a sponge prefilter on the canister intake & you'll get by cleaning it every 6 months, the HOB will need to be cleaned every week or two.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:28 PM   #10
 
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Why do you feel that HOBs are better at mechanical filtration?

I don't use sponge prefilters.
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