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    Thinking about ditching my HoB filter on my 36g BF. I have never had any other type of filter however and have no idea where to start. I have a cabinet below built into my stand so I could do a canister filter I think, but is that necessary for a 36g? Should I just stick with the HoB? It is the one that came with the tank which I think was rated for 75g. I use filter media/floss not the carbon filter garbage so that part of the transition will be relatively easy.

    So the question is if you had a heavily planted 36G BF stocked with variety of tetras, GBR, BNP, ottos & panda garras what would be your top choice in filter? Only change to stock might be to add a female GBR if I could find one anywhere or bolster my schools of tetras so nothing major in the way of live stock changes.

    Thanks for your input

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    I've not had any luck with canister filters (one died at 2 weeks old, the other leaked like a sieve) but with that said, people who use them love them and wouldn't have anything else. They allow a lot more media filter which is a major advantage. Personally I think that with a 36gal it is just a preference. If you like them, buy one and try it out.
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    Either an API Filstar XP-M, rated for 75 gal or an Eheim Classic 2215, rated for 93 gal. I just set up 2 of the XP-Ms on my dual 29 gal tanks - extremely user friendly, totally silent if in a cabinet. I love mine. Either filter, with the included sponges and added biomedia, would give you great filtration. And you can use an inline heater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Either an API Filstar XP-M, rated for 75 gal or an Eheim Classic 2215, rated for 93 gal. I just set up 2 of the XP-Ms on my dual 29 gal tanks - extremely user friendly, totally silent if in a cabinet. I love mine. Either filter, with the included sponges and added biomedia, would give you great filtration. And you can use an inline heater.
    Thanks for the input, I've read a few reviews and think I'm going to go with the Filstar XP-M. Do you think I need to buy anything additional or would the included media + my existing media be enough? I've never seen an in-line heater before either. Sounds interesting though.

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    I run several canisters and I absolutely love them. The only tanks that I run hobs on are on stands with no place for a canister. I just recently set up a 36 bow with a sun sun canister. So far I love that thing, it's just amazingly quiet.

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    I have 2 filstar XP-3's (L) and I love them. There are so many options for media... Personally I have 2 coarse pads and 2 blue bonded pads in the bottom bin, the middle bin I have biomax, and the top bin more blue bonded pads.

    As far as your media now, you could put it in the xp but you'll probably want to add a bit more. You'll have a ton of extra room compared to a HOB.
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    I have a sun sun canister as well. I love it. I did a review on it that you can look up here.
    It my be a little much for a 36 though but they do come in smaller sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corsair813 View Post
    I have a sun sun canister as well. I love it. I did a review on it that you can look up here.
    It my be a little much for a 36 though but they do come in smaller sizes.
    There is a SunSun canister rated for 75g which would probably be suitable for a 36g tank....it's literally HALF the price of the API Filstar XP-M on Amazon...is this a "get what you pay for" situation or should I go with the much cheaper option...hmmmm

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    I've been using a Fluval 305 on my tank for over 3 yrs - dead quiet, easy to clean - uses ceramic media, sponges and I stuff the bottom with pillow stuffing - 3 trays - no problems.

    Everyone has their favorites.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishn00b View Post
    There is a SunSun canister rated for 75g which would probably be suitable for a 36g tank....it's literally HALF the price of the API Filstar XP-M on Amazon...is this a "get what you pay for" situation or should I go with the much cheaper option...hmmmm
    That's the one I use on my 36. As I said, I love it. I'm also a big fan of the Fluval canisters, but they cost roughly twice as much.

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