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Looking for Best Canister Filters
Hey, I have a couple of questions concerning Canister filters.
I have 1x 55 and 1x 75 gallon tank running. Medium planted tank, the 55 has a 120 AquaClear running and the 75 has 2x 120 AquaClears running.
I'm deciding to switch to canister filters because I want to be able to have floating plants without worrying about it being pushed around because of the HOB water flow.
Which brand is the best? I've read that Eheim's are the best, but I'm not sure if they are honest opinions or just misleading advertisement. Any thoughts? I'm not too concerned with the pricing (unless it's significantly more expensive than other brands), quality of the filter comes first for me, followed by the price.
Where should I go buy whatever it is that you recommend? Ebay, or are there any hidden aquarium websites that sell them cheap and reliably?
Also, I don't know which of the ones specifically I should buy, there are so many versions and variations like "Eheim Pro x3 21501 (making stuff up here), and I honestly don't know the difference, so if somebody could be a bit more detailed with which one I should purchase and why, that would be great. I need 2x, one for the 55 (mostly peaceful), and one for the 75 (peaceful - semi-aggressive).
I'm also a bit concerned with the idea if the canister filter malfunctions and somehow floods my apartment, is this possible?
I'm having some difficulty keeping certain plant species alive, thus I often have a lot of dead plant matter laying on the floor that I rather not deal with the good'ol suction way during water changes. Is there a neat trick to having the canister filter suck it up for me?
Thanks for any assistance.