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    Hi everyone

    I have a 58 litres / ~15 gallons community tank.
    My filter is an Eheim Aquaball 2206 which came with the tank when was bought. I think it's not as powerful as i would need for that tank, and it doesn't look good inside the tank to be honest, taking up quite some space. I tried to hide it behind some plants but i still don't like it.
    Anyway, i would look into replacing it with something better in terms of both filtration capability and visuals.

    I read about the filters here on the forum, it looks like canister filters are the best for filtration, but is it really needed for a tank this size?
    Then on 2nd place i'm guessing a HOB filter would be good, and probably better suited for my tank size.

    So here i am asking for recommendations:

    1. what type should i get for my tank, canister or HOB?
    2. any brands/models you would recommend for me?

    Thank you,
    Alex

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    Get an HOB, there's no need for a canister filter for a tank this size.

    I like the Aquaclear filters, many here have started using the newer Tidal filters with great results.
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    I'm not sure if hang on the back (HOB) filters are available where the alex lives? If not then a small external canister filter would be the other option.

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    Well, I assumed they are available, since the OP asked "canister or HOB"?
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    If HOBs are available there try to find one that uses media in the form of sponges and biomedia pellets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    I'm not sure if hang on the back (HOB) filters are available where the alex lives? If not then a small external canister filter would be the other option.
    hahaha :D

    i'm in Europe, more precisely in Malta. we have pretty much everything around here, the only thing is they might be different brands. (i.e. haven't seen Seachem Prime, yet. maybe i'll find it in other shops i haven't checked yet)
    So i definitely seen HOB filters around and i think some were actually Aquaclear brand. i read good things about this one, i will look into them more. Any other brand suggestions are welcome.

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    I'd put an AquaClear 30 on a 15G tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alex.mares View Post
    So i definitely seen HOB filters around and i think some were actually Aquaclear brand. i read good things about this one, i will look into them more. Any other brand suggestions are welcome.
    Oh good Alex and I agree with Matt on the Aquaclear 30 for your tank. The Seachem Tidals are good filter as well but the smallest one they make is the Tidal 55 which would probably be over kill (to much current) for your tank. I think the important thing is to look for one that has a media chamber set up similar to a canister filter that can do both mechanical and biological filtration....actually chemical filtration too but that's not as important as the first two and can be accomplished with simple water changes most of the time.

    And when you come right down to it even a HOB that uses cartridges can be modified to meet your needs. There's really not a need to buy new cartridges all the time.
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    Thanks everyone

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    hi again guys.

    So i got an Aquaclear 30 and put it in my tank instead of the old one. the tank looks much better now without an ugly filter taking a lot of space, and the water much more clear as well. i had it for like 2 weeks and i am happy with it.

    i have an additional sort of related question. do any of you guys use only this filter to create surface motion? or do you have an air stone as well? i have had an air stone from the beginning, but now thinking maybe i can get rid of it and just keep the filter doing the motion? You think that would be enough for my 15g tank?

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