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Thread: Filtration Question
03-21-2014, 12:44 AM #1
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
03-21-2014, 12:53 AM #2
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.Steve
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03-21-2014, 12:57 AM #3
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.75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
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03-21-2014, 01:53 AM #4
03-21-2014, 02:11 AM #5
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.
03-21-2014, 02:58 AM #6
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.Angel breeder wanna-be
03-21-2014, 03:00 AM #7
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.
03-21-2014, 03:43 AM #8
03-21-2014, 02:21 PM #9Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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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.
03-21-2014, 02:36 PM #10