Advantages of Canister Filters
One MAJOR advantage of canister filters (versus other filters)…
… is that it can accommodate many different types of filtration media.
It allows you to customize and choose which type of media filter you would prefer to get the most effective combination.
Its multiple stage filtration capabilities cover the mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration, allowing you to achieve a complete cleaning process every cycle.
Other canister filters are equipped with UV filtration device that can kill harmful bacteria and algae. However, algae that are sticking inside your tank would require extra work like scrubbing or adding algae eaters like the Amano shrimps and Siamese Algae Eaters.
Because canister filters do such a great job at cycling your tank water, they provide fantastic water circulation.
This results in enriching the oxygen levels in your tank.
They are also perfect for fish that love to have more water movement like the African Cichlids and other marine species.
But if your fish species prefer a softer flow…
… utilizing a spray bar or a raised lily pipe can achieve a gentler current.
Choosing the Right Size
Depending on the brand, canister filters come in different shapes and sizes.
The size of the canister filter that you buy would depend on the size – and stocking rate – of the tank.
You need to get the most efficient water flow for a complete cleaning process, getting into all the nooks and crannies. So if your tank is big and your canister filter works only on smaller number of gallons of tank water, it’s not going to be of much use.
Because there are so many canister filter brands, you need to look at the description of each brand and see their tank water capacity and their motor power (how many gallons can they take per hour).
Don’t just base your decision on the size of the canister filter alone because there are smaller canister filters that have tremendous motor power and tank water capacity.
Also, find a canister filter that suits your preference.
The good news?
In general, canister filters are the quietest of all aquarium filters.
This makes them ideal for bedrooms, offices, or any area where you don’t want a lot of background noise.
Occasionally, some canister filters can be pretty noisy, and if this is an issue for your situation, you’d be better off finding a canister filter with a noise dampening system for a smoother and quieter operation.
Canister filters are the best tank filters that any hobbyist would have.
One important thing is that you should do regular maintenance on your canister filters to prolong their life. They purify and remove all the dirt and harmful substances from your tank water so, over time, dirt and grime would build up in your filtration media.
Many people find a monthly cleaning works well for their aquarium.
Overall, canister filters provide fantastic filtration and the water cycling, giving you lesser tank maintenance.
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