A Canister Aquarium Filter is an Excellent Choice for Larger Tanks
If you are new to tropical fish keeping you may be wondering what type of
filter you will need to keep your aquarium clean. There are many different
types of filters, there are diatom filters, canister aquarium filters, under
gravel filters, wet/dry filters, and power filters. A canister aquarium
filter may be the perfect choice for you depending on what type of fish tank
you are keeping or thinking of keeping.
A canister aquarium filter is the perfect choice if you have an aquarium
that contains a large amount of fish, or fish that are very messy eaters
and/or generate a lot of waste. To be effective a canister filter must be
cleaned frequently, generally this means that it should be cleaned once a
As mentioned, a canister aquarium filter should be cleaned weekly, if not
even more frequently than that. These filters should not be used for reef
tanks unless you intend to clean them daily. If you want to use a canister
aquarium filter for a reef tank, you will have to make the commitment to
keep the filter very clean.
A canister aquarium filter is generally put on the floor next to the
aquarium, although sometimes they can hang from the tank itself. Because you
will have to clean the canister filter frequently it is recommended that you
use quick disconnect valves on the filter in order to minimize water
spillage when you remove it to clean it.
A canister aquarium filter is an efficient way to keep your tropical fish
aquarium clean and free from debris. They work by having water pump
moderately through the filter material which is usually a micron filter
cartridge. Because of the frequency of cleaning that will need to be done
and the way that the filters need to be cleaned, it is usually a good idea
to keep extra cartridges on hand to avoid any problems.
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