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post #11 of 13 Old 03-06-2007, 03:21 PM
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Ok -- I did a little reading and what I found said that canisters only do bio filtration and that I will still need mechanical filtration in the form of a HOB... does this sound right... sometimes the internet can be so helpful other times it can be so confusing.
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-06-2007, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Gosh -- I wish I knew about canister filters a long time ago. I used a combo of undergravel and HOB for quiet some time... it sounds like one good canister would have been better than both. I see that some canisters have built in heaters, any one have any advise on that? It is one less thing to plug in and one less thing to have in the tank...
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Canisters will do it all, you just have to set them up right which with the newer ones is easy to do because they have so many chambers.

As for space you could even run a canister on the side of the tank instead of in back, for that matter an HOB could be run that way but you would want a powerhead at the other end for circulation. A canister will be more efficient though and is probably the best choice, second would be the HOB because of cost. You could put one at each end and not spend as much as a canister might run you.
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