Canister Filters are BAD - Here is why. What makes a good aquarium? 2 days ago   2:06:30

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Living the dream as you bring home that new canister filter. if you only know how bad it would be long term for your aquarium.
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Ian Ferguson
This sounds like a conversation I have with customers almost daily. And almost every canister comes back because they can't figure them out. Give me air any day
Marek
Good quality video camera I must say, nice job! Also, I had to mention it, Congrats on all your subscribers, I cant believe it litterly tripled in like a year!!! Best of luck, keep it up man. Thank you.
Chicago's Finest
That's why I use a aquaclear & sponge filter on ALL of my tanks because I don't buy things just because ppl say it's the best.I buy things that work for me & aquaclears & sponge filters DEFINITELY work for me💯
blueman
I've a 9 gal nano tank with hardly any filtration. It just has a compartment at the back with a huge prefilter sponge and a bag of ceramic media, that's it. The plants are doing virtually all of the work.
Kevin Kentucky
I have 200 gallon tank with 2 medium sumps an external little giant pump and a canister as well. I have a canister for a couple reasons as a back up in case pump fails. I still will have nitrifying bactria. I like crystal clear water. Tank is not overstocked with Malawi's but a lot. I feed a variety of foods. 45 years as a hobbiest/importer/breeder etc. What works for each person is part of the hobby. Love my canister. To many uses and reason to list but I get what you are saying. I agree with a lot of your point on this. But I disagree 🤔😋
Jerry Carlton
I have an eshopps WD300 Wet-Dry Sump; I have watched your videos on filter optimization which has been incredibly helpful ... Can you recommend a good way to optimize this sump?

BTW ... I am flying across the country next week and I am hoping to take an hour to visit your shop.
Matthew kizziah
I have an example for you. 90 gallon with turtles and guppies. Canister isn't keeping up with the growth of the turtles. Getting a good light but what plants will survive.
Bounbone
I use DIY canister filter made by my friend, it is silent, and working well,

I know I need it for my aquascapes, I know how to use it,

Maybe, just maybe, everybody just go mad with the hobby and buy “the best” in their oppinion or based on youtube, so they got upset because canisters is “not that simple”, and maybe, they just dont need it,


Before using canister, I use hang on filter, BBA goes mad, I do water changes 50% every week after 3 month(before 3 month I do twice a week), canister made my life easier, in my opinion, I agree and disagree with you at the same time,

Sorry for my english, hahaha
egresk1
Fluval canisters are the best filters in the hobby. I've had them for over 10 years. They are also easy to use and super reliable. I have 4 canister filters on 3 tanks. I also like air for certain situations. I usually use both along with hardcore water changes. If a person can't set up a fluval canister, they don't belong in the hobby.
Larry D
I Cory ought to spend more time making sure the online store has plenty of plant inventory to sell.  I got tired of seeing " Out of Stock", so I bought elsewhere!
Jimmy Noname
Each their own.
Ricardo Peregrina
I've got a canister but I still have my hang on also they're both rating for 60 g and I have a 6pg with like 20 fish butk I felt like just having two different types would help. Idk maybe I'm wrong
wewe2134
Im just here to make memes and take over 3rd world countries.... and im all outa' countries.
Sandy Riley
Sounds like i underestimated the maintenance thing. This 10 gallon is kicking my butt.
Tony Pool
When it warms up of course do you have a preference on who I should by Apistos from?
Carlos Tavares Jr
With canisters to get around the issues you mentioned is to plumb in your own diverters and such then put the canister inline along the way. It's something an advanced user would do.
Tobias Krämer
Interesting topic. I'm from Germany and I do not have the feeling that canister filters are so hyped over here.
For my 160 gallon Mbuna tank, I wanted a canister filter since I always used them in the past. But I went with a Matt Filter, running on 2 power heads.
I love it. Sure, the mechanical filtration in my opinion is not as good as with a canister. But the biological filtration is amazing.
Even after being on vacation and skipping 1 or 2 water changes, the water is still ok. Also, there is no water, running out of the tank and back.
I am so happy that I doesn't have to deal with all the hoses and I can hide the heater. There are cheep and meaningfull alternatives.
Rico Suave
Well they got me
HyPn0o
Eheim Classic canister filter range (2211, 2213, 2215, 2217), allow you to put what ever the hell you want inside them, can even buy a pre filter for inlet + air diffuser adaptor, also power usage is decent (5w, 8w, 15w, 20w respectively). Struggle to set up this simple canister filter effectively then imo you really need to step away from fish keeping altogether.
weve graysquaw
I use my eheim like Cory uses Ziss....remove inner basket...small sponge on bottom...fill 80% with biostones....so this becomes really like a natural waterfall...and not a "filter"..
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emergent plants super efficient as well...so have some.
...use spray bar to evaporate and slightly agitate...
so merely...add water daily...FEED LESS.....6x per week is sufficient....
PS...monitor algae growth to determine when you need to drain the canister....maybe every 6 months.....
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What makes a good aquarium? Canister Filters are BAD - Here is why. 2 days ago   2:31:45

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Today I want to discuss what makes a good aquarium? I think often times we don't think of the end goal and thus get lost along the way.
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