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01-21-2013, 10:26 AM #1
Canister filter concerns
So we have the chance to switch our 3 big tanks over to canister filters. We currently have HOBs. My biggest concern with the canisters is with them leaking, and consequently flooding the floor and/or draining the tanks. Am I being paranoid? Is there some sort of anti-siphon system we should have in place? Although my understanding is that most of the canisters work on a siphon to get the water to the filter, so not sure how practical that is. We are getting Rena/Filstar XP filters.
01-21-2013, 10:34 AM #2
I think you may be worrying a little too much.
I have been using canister filters for years without any major problems. If you stick with a good quality brand name and maintain it properly, you should have years of worry free use. Good choice on the Rena XP filters. I really like mine.
When/if canister filters leak, it will usally be caused by seal failing and it would not be a fast enough leak to drain your tank without you first noticing a little water on the floor. I have my XP filter sitting in a rubber maid tote in my stand, just in case it does leak the water is contained.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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01-21-2013, 11:29 AM #3Member Goldfish
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Agree with Cliff.
I`ve used canister filter`s sence 1996 and never had a bad leak.
Just a small one after years of use, the rings do need to be replaced.
Am running a Eheim 2224 thats 8 soon 9 years old, still not leaking.
But I have just odered new part`s and ring`s. Going to replace every ring soon, need it or not. ( pease of mind )
Love my Eheim`s best buy for money imo.
I`ve also had afew of the Fluval`s and there a good canister filter.
Not tryed the Rena, but just wantèd to say it`s safe to use canister filter`s.
Last edited by Katt; 01-21-2013 at 11:33 AM.
01-21-2013, 11:54 AM #4
01-21-2013, 12:01 PM #5
Thanks so much for the reassurance everyone. I figured I was being a bit paranoid; good to hear my fears of flooding are unwarranted! :)
I had the thought of putting the canister in something to contain any leaks, sounds like its not a bad idea.
Thanks again! Looking forward to our new filters!
01-21-2013, 12:41 PM #6
What size of tanks are you wanting canisters on? Also what exact models you looking at?My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
01-21-2013, 01:01 PM #7
01-21-2013, 01:04 PM #8
I've also had several canisters and never any problems with leaking, knock on wood.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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01-21-2013, 02:32 PM #9
Getting the xp3(L) for the 55, and xp2(M) for the 20 and the 45. 55 and 20 are planted, 45 is not.
01-21-2013, 04:02 PM #10
I have had xp1, xp2 and xp3 rena filters... only had one leak and it was my fault. I was changing up some things and I removed the gasket and re-installed it. When I put the lid back on it pinched the gasket and started a slow drip of water. Once I realized I fixed the pinch and it was fine.
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