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Greetings! I am looking for advice and opinions on a filter problem.

Here's the background: i have a 30 gal freshwater aquarium with a lot of fish and lot of plants. The aquarium is healthy, the fish are fine, the plants grow like crazy. The filter i've been using is a Fluval AquaClear 50 which has been working great for the last 2 years.

Problem: Lately, it has started to rattle which is annoying as hell. I usually clean it every week, so it's not a cleaning problem. I can find nothing wrong, so perhaps it's just wearing out. Whatever the case, something has to be done.

A new filter costs about $35-$40. So i thought i might be time to upgrade to a Fluval 206 which runs about $120. The 206 is a canister type and claims that it only has to be cleaned every month (which would be great!).

What are your opinions or experiences?
Is it worth the upgrade?
Is there a significant advantage for the expensive canister filter?

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