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Sep292010

Comparison Chart for Aquarium Canister Filters

There are many canister filters you can use in your aquarium. However, it is not always easy to tell which size or type of filter is the to maintain proper aquarium care.  Luckily, there you can figure out which canister filters are the best to use in your aquarium tanks.

Item # Brand Filter Name GPH Flow Rate For Aquariums Up to: Filter Height Canister Diameter Media Capacity Inlet Hose Size Outlet Hose Size Watts
30102124 Cascade 500 115 30 gal. 13.5 7.5" x 8.5" x 11.5" 3.5L 5/8" 5/8" 10.5
30101593 Cascade 700 185 65 gal. 14.5 7.5" x 9.5" x 12.5" 5L 5/8" 5/8" 25
30101594 Cascade 1000 265 100 gal. 16 8" x 11" x 14" 6L 5/8" 5/8" 28.5
30101595 Cascade 1200 315 150 gal. 19 9" x 11" x 17" 7.6L 5/8" 5/8" 39.6
30101596 Cascade 1500 350 200 gal. 20.5 9" x 11" x 18.5" 10L 5/8" 5/8" 45.5
20620261 Eheim Pro 3 Series 2071 250 65 gal. 14.1" 9.4" x 9.6" 3.5L 5/8” 5/8” 12
20620239 Eheim Pro 3 Series 2073 250 95 gal. 15.7" 9.3" x 9.6" 5L 5/8” 5/8” 12
20620243 Eheim Pro 3 Series 2075 290 160 gal. 17.8" 9.3" x 9.6" 6.5L 5/8” 5/8” 16
20620167 Eheim Pro 3 Series 2080 450 450 gal. 22 1/3" 13" x 13" 13L 3/4" 3/4" 30
20621052 Eheim Pro 3 Series 2180 450 450 gal. 22 1/3" 13" X 13" 13L 3/4" 3/4" 30
20620214 Eheim Ehiem 2076 77 - 220 105 gal. 18 3/4" 10.5 x 10.5" 6.6L 5/8" 5/8" 10-35
20620220 Eheim Eheim 2078 88 - 242 180 gal. 21" 10.5 x 10.5" 8.6L 5/8" 5/8" 10-35
20622139 Eheim Eheim 2213 116 55 gal. 13 1/4" 7" 3L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 8
20622210 Eheim Eheim 2215 165 75 gal. 14" 7" 4L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 15
20622211 Eheim Eheim 2217 265 135 gal. 15" 7" 6L 16mm-5/8" 12mm-1/2" 20
20622196 Eheim Eheim 2222 132 40 gal. 11 1/2" 7" x 7" 2L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 8
20622203 Eheim Eheim 2224 185 65 gal. 13" 7" x 7" 2L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 8
20620206 Eheim Eheim 2026 250 90 gal. 13 1/2" 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" 4L 16mm-5/8" 12mm-1/2" 25
20620207 Eheim Eheim 2028 280 160 gal. 16 1/2" 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" 6L 16mm-5/8" 12mm-1/2" 25
20622105 Eheim Eheim 2250 300 265 gal. 16" 12" 12L 25mm-1" 12mm-1/2" 28
20622131 Eheim Eheim 2260 500 400 gal. 23" 12" 18L 25mm-1" 16mm-5/8" 50
15510201 Hagen Fluval 105 85 25 gal. 11" 7 1/2 x 6 1/2" 3.2L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 7
15510206 Hagen Fluval 205 110 40 gal. 14" 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" 4.6L 12mm-1/2" 12mm-1/2" 7
15510211 Hagen Fluval 305 185 70 gal. 15" 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" 6.6L 14mm-5/8" 14mm-5/8" 12
15510216 Hagen Fluval 405 225 100 gal. 17 1/2" 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" 8.5L 14mm-5/8" 14mm-5/8" 25
15510218 Hagen Fluval FX5 925 400 gal. 17" 16" 5.9L 1” 1” 48
15510410 Hagen Fluval G3 185 80 gal. 9" 9" x 9 1/2" x 10" 5L 5/8” 5/8” 18
15510412 Hagen Fluval G6 265 180 gal. 12" 12" x 9 1/2" x 10" 8.7L 5/8” 5/8” 27
47490038 Marineland Magnum 350 Pro 350 100 gal. 14" 7" 16 OZ 5/8" 5/8" 35
47433504 Marineland Magnum 350 Deluxe 350 100 gal. 14" 6.5" 16 OZ 5/8" 5/8" 35
47490134 Marineland H.O.T. Magnum 250 75 gal. 13 1/2" 5 1/2" 8 OZ rigid rigid 11
47490135 Marineland H.O.T. Magnum Pro 250 100 gal. 14" 7" 16 OZ 5/8" 5/8" 18
47450490 Marineland Multi-Stage 160 160 30 gal. 13" 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" 1.2 Gal 5/8" 5/8" 12
47450500 Marineland Multi-Stage 220 220 55 gal. 14 3/4" 13 3/4 x 7 3/4" 1.6 Gal 5/8" 5/8" 20
47450510 Marineland Multi-Stage 360 360 100 gal. 17" 13 3/4 x 7 3/4" 3.4 Gal 5/8" 5/8" 35
47490930 Marineland Multi-Stage 530 530 150 gal. 22" 22" x 14" x 14" 9.3 Gal 7/8" 7/8" 56
92421254 JBJ Reaction EFU-25 198 100 gal. 15.24" 11.41" x 11.41" x 15.24" 4L 5/8" 5/8" 23
92421237 JBJ Reaction EFU-35 250 150 gal. 17.52" 11.41" x 11.41" x 17.52" 6L 5/8" 5/8" 27
92421256 JBJ Reaction EFU-45 290 175 gal. 19.8" 11.41" x 11.41" x 19.8" 8L 5/8" 5/8" 32
17100720 Rena Filstar XP1 250 45 gal. 11" 9 1/4" x 8" 4.4L 5/8" 5/8" 18
17100721 Rena Filstar XP2 300 75 gal. 13" 9 1/4" x 8" 6.3L 5/8" 5/8" 23
17100722 Rena Filstar XP3 350 175 gal. 16" 9 1.4" x 8" 9.1L 5/8" 5/8" 28
17100723 Rena Filstar xP4 450 265 gal. 19 9 1/4" X 8" 11.9L 5/8" 5/8" 31
30780340 Red Sea Ocean Clear Model 340 800 - 1600 150 gal. 13" 11" 3/4" 3/4"
30780375 Red Sea Ocean Clear Model 375 500 - 1600 1000 gal. 11" 11" 3/4" 3/4"
30780380 Red Sea Ocean Clear Model 380 500 - 1600 1000 gal. 11" 11" 3/4" 3/4"
30780354 Red Sea Ocean Clear Model 354 600 - 1200 1200 gal. 14" 15" 3/4" 3/4"
30780325 Red Sea Ocean Clear Model 325 1200 gal. 55-100 13" 14" 3/4" 3/4"
15510410 Hagen Fluval G3 185 80 gal. 9" 10" D x 9 1/2" W x 9" H 18
15510412 Hagen Fluval G6 265 160 gal. 12" 10" D x 9 1/2" W x 12" H 27

Now that you know what kind of canister filter will fit your aquarium, enjoy your well-filtered fish tank!

Reader Comments (24)

Pretty insightful post. Never thought that it was this simple after all. I had spent a good deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterName:

Chart would be perfect if prices could also be compared!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterName:

Unfortunately, our prices may change, so it isn't feasible for us to keep updating the chart with all those changes. But, we appreciate the suggestion!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Sydelko

[...] lowest, but often is, or provides a bench mark for comparison. Compare Canister Filter Specs here: http://blog.petsolutions.com/blog/20...ister-filters/ Usually the manufacturers' GPH rating is inflated. Expect something less. Whatever they say, [...]

[...] the energy usage is the real deciding point for me at this point. I used this chart to compare: Comparison Chart for Aquarium Canister Filters | PetSolutions Blog I have read that the Eheim all had the same issue of 0-ring failure and difficulty getting [...]

GOOD INFO. I GOT A QUICK QUESTION... PLEASE EMAIL ME WHAT U THINK. I AM SETTING UP A 90 GALLON. I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE USING 2 CANISTERS WITH A LARGE SETUP.... IS THERE A REASON. ALL I CAN THINK OF IS THAT IF ONE CRAPS OUT THE OTHER CAN KEEP YOU AFLOAT TILL YOU FIX 2ND CANISTER. THANKS

MIKE

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMIKE

BYFIELDTS@YAHOO.COM SORRY FORGOT MY EMAIL...

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMIKE

Hi Mike

I'll email you, as well, but I wanted to post an answer here in case you check back.

I spoke to our Live Deliveries Manager. You are partially right - a second canister filter is used partially for redundancy. Having a second filter is also a strong recommendation for aquarium set ups that are over 6 feet long, as it will give you more water flow throughout the tank.

Since your aquarium is a 4-foot long set up, you would not need a second filter, unless you wanted the redundancy in case one of your filters dies out.

I hope that helps!

Thanks -
Kristen

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Sydelko

how offten to you have to change filters ( cascade 500 ) by the way I love it cleared my water in 30 mins

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterken

In general, maintenance needs to be performed every 4 - 5 weeks at a minimum. If you can let us know specifically what you are asking about, we can give you better information.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Sydelko

having problems with my Magnum pump filter not pumping the water, it pumps for awhile and then quits, but the pump is still running. Do i have it hooked up wrong i acts like it is getting air. Could you please help.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenny Rowe

[...] ( Rena XP3 Flow rate is rated at 350G/H with out media. The flow rate with media is 190G/H) http://blog.petsolutions.com/blog/20...ister-filters/ As far as filtration goes ( canister filters that is) it depends on your fish numbers, size ect. [...]

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRated for X gallons

Hi Penny

We really need more information than what you have provided in order to help you. Thanks!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Sydelko

I am thinking about upgrading from my 20L tank to a 40L. One of this things I'd like to do is get a canister filter (if it's cost effective). I don't know anything about these. right now I change my filter every 2-3 weeks, and each filter costs about: $3. so about $6 to $9 per month on filters... (for a 20gal which I assume will increase in price with a 40gal tank) I noticed earlier you mentioned 4-5 weeks was norm for filter replacement... How much would you say the Cascade 700 would cost in materials to replace each month? and... what do I have to get as far as materials go? one last thing... do you think that filter is appropriate for a 40 gallon tank?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave B

Hi Dave, the Cascade filters are reliable and easy to work with. If you plan to stock the new tank pretty heavily or if it is a marine aquarium, I would go with the model 1000. If you are stocking lightly and do regular monthly water changes, the 700 should be fine. The cascade will have a couple of pads inside which you will gently rinse out when you do filter maintenance each month, and it will have carbon bags inside that you will need to replace every four or five weeks. How much it is going to cost you will be determined by how much carbon you run in your filter. I would think you will use 2 carbon bags each month minimum, a box of two is currently (6/16/11) $5.99 so you will spend close to the same amount you are already spending each month. The filter comes with one carbon bag and the necessary filter pads, so you would need to pick up a couple of boxes of the carbon bags and whatever your biological media of choice is to put in the filter. The bio media is not something you will replace or clean.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Flynn

Thanks for the reply. I have a bit more of a understanding of the canister filters now, but why would the 65 gallon filter be too small for a 40 gallon tank (not sure I understand the reasoning behind that)? In general, to make sure I got it right... the pads don't get changed... just cleaned, the carbon gets replaced, and the bio media (not sure what a good one to use is) doesn't get changed, or cleaned... Also, by stocked heavily you mean lots of fish? I plan to have a good amount of fish (fresh water), I don't know what's considered \heavily stocked\. I will have no living plants, just smaler fish (barbs)... maybe 1 fish per 2 or 3 gallons (12-20 total), and maybe 1-2 plecos.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave B

Hi Dave, for a freshwater aquarium you will be fine with the model 700. Manufacturers do not often get it right in my opinion, on recommended tank sizes. One example of that is the filtration on the 265 gallon aquarium I have set up, according to manufacturers specs, I should just need one of the filter I have installed on it but I am running two. If you were going with a marine setup rather than freshwater, I'd say don't go less than the model 1000, for water flow purposes as well as for giving you more physical space to run different types of media that a marine tank may need that a freshwater aquarium really doesn't. The model of filter you choose doesn't just rely solely on the size of the aquarium, but also is determined by the aquarium configuration.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Flynn

ok... so my plans may have changed a bit... still a fresh water, still a canister filter, but now I'm looking at a 50gal. decoration will just be fake plants, gravel, maybe some logs, and structures, and some fish of course... do you think the 700 would still be sufficient for this setup, or should I get the 1000? I don't want to have to do water changes every week or anything, so if the 1000 would keep it cleaner longer, I'd prolly go with that one, but if there won't be much of a difference between the 700 and 1000 I'd rather just keep the 700...

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdave B

The 700 should be fine for you. Just keep up on your monthly water changes as you should.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Flynn

Nice research and comparison in a chart format. I especially like that you identify the inlet diameter. Also nice would be to know the number and size of baskets designed for each model - this would help in planning for media when you haven't seen each model.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

i have a 75gallon tank that i am currentley turning into a saltwater tank whats the best filter and skimmer to get for the tank? need HELP lol

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjustin

Justin, I sent you an email. Sorry to take so long to respond - I didn't see your comment!

Thanks -
Kristen

November 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterKristen Sydelko

I'm working on getting a 180g aquarium and I've researched different canister filters. I have an Eheim 2217 on a 125g Malawi cichlid tank and I like it. I'm torn between Eheim and Rena products for the 180g tank. Any comments?

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachelle W

Rachelle, both brands pretty much do the same thing. There is a price discrepancy between the two. If you are comfortable with the Eheim brand, I would suggest that one. Otherwise, you can try the Rena. We do have a 60 day guarantee, so if you try the Rena and don't like it, you can return it for a full product refund within 60 days!

www.petsolutions.com/Content/PetSolutions-Guarantee.aspx has the details for our guarantee.

September 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterKristen Sydelko

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