Canister filter recommendations for large tank
Hi guys, new here. Just got a used 180 gal fresh water with African Cichlids, vey nice. Last owner had it next to a wall and he had hang type filter and they work fine. But my set up is as a room deiveder, you can see the tank on three sides so I would like to us a canister type. Need some help to pick one out. Like to get one with a heater, good idea? Thanks Bob
i'll ask for this to be moved for you to the equipment section in the freshwater section,
people will be able to offer advise there for you.
I personally believe canister filters are the best for most aquaria. And one with a built-in heating unit is a good idea. I have one like this, an Eheim Professionel 2 on my 90g aquarium, and I really like it; the other tanks have canister filters (one Eheim, one Rena) and two internal heaters.
Eheim have a solid reputation for durability and effeciency. I have had mine on the 90g running for 12 years continuously with never a problem or issue; the tank temperature never varies by more than 1/2 a degree [except obviously during summer heat waves which is another issue and nothing to do with the heater].
My other Eheim has been running almost as long. The Rena I bought last year just to see how it was, I have had no problems with it in a year, and it was about 1/2 the cost of the comparable Eheim. Depending upon your budget... Eheim likes to point out that notwithstanding the initial higher cost, long-term there will be less operating cost and no issues. I did see a survey elsewhere that seemd to somewhat support this statement.
Others will undoubtedly provide their suggestions too.
I like Marineland Products. I've never tried anything, but then again, Marineland have never given me a reason to. I run a Magnum 350 Canister on my 55G tank and it does a fantastic job. You would need several of these, and the biggest one they make is the C-series 530, which is rated for a 150G tank. So even though I highly recommend the filters, you'd be better off going with something else, as Byron said Eheim and Rena both make a wonderul canister filter, you can't go wrong with either of those two.
As far as a heater, Marineland makes a fantastic heater too, their "stealth" line of heaters fully submersible, shatter-proof and a lot of people on here use them. Plus they come with a life-time guarantee!!!
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