The Best Canister Aquarium Filter – 2016 Review

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Best Canister Aquarium Filter

In any moment of descision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing…

And the worst thing is to do nothing at all.

What is a Canister Filter?

The canister filter is an enclosed filtration system that pulls the water from your tank and moves the water through filter media that is contained within a pressurized canister.

If you would like a more detailed explanation of how it all works?

Then read: The beginners guide to finding the best canister filter. In this helpful post I go over the following items in great detail;

  • What is a canister filter (More detailed)
  • Why you should use a canister filter
  • How do canister filters work
  • Types of canister filters
  • Review of the EHEIM canister filter
  • Review of the Cascade canister filter

If you already know all about canister filters and feel there is no need for you to check out my post, then know this;

Finding the best canister filter

Even Darth Vader read the beginners guide to selecting the best canister filter!

Anyways, if you feel you’re ready?

Click the links below to see the full review for each of the filters shown in the coparison table below.

Continue reading after the comaprison table to learn more about canister filters and finally our recomendation for the best canister filter for your money.

Here are the best canister aquarium filters for the price.

MODELFILTERTYPEGALLONS PER HOURTANK SIZERATINGPRICE
Marineland ML90751 Magniflow Canister 360 FilterCanister Filter360 gphUp to 100 gallons4$$$
Cascade CCF3UL Canister Filter, 100 Gallon, 265gphCanister Filter265 gphUp to 100 gallons5$
Ehm Fltr 2217 Classic 264gCanister Filter265 gphUp to 150 gallons3.5$$
Fluval Fx6 Aquarium Canister FilterCanister Filter925 gphUp to 400 gallons 4.5$$$$
SunSun HW-302 264GPH Pro Canister FilterCanister Filter264 gphUp to 75 gallons4.0$
Fluval 406 Canister FilterCanister Filter383 gphUp to 100 gallons4.3$$
Eheim Pro 4+ Canister FilterCanister Filter265 gphUp to 160 gallons4$$$
API Filstar XP-L Canister Filter350 gphUp to 175 gallons4$$
Hydor Professional 250 External Canister FilterCanister Filter225 gphUp to 40-75 gallons
Finnex PX-360 Compact Canister FilterCanister Filter/HOB95 gphUp to 25 gallons4$

When it comes to picking the best canister filter for a fish tank we would advise you to consider the following pros and cons with canister filters.

Canister Filter – Pros

  • Higher filtration capacity than other types of filters.
  • Canister Filters Ensure 100% of the water pass through the filter media.
  • Very quiet, almost silent.
  • Very low maintenance.

Canister Filter – Cons

  • Priming sometimes can be difficult.
  • They take up a large amount of space. 

How to set up a canister fish tank filter?

As most people would do, be sure to read the instructions that come with your canister filter before starting.

Every canister filter is slightly different, however most will have similar parts and require a similar set up.

But just to give you an idea of the set up process, here are some general steps that don’t pertain to any specific canister filter;

Step 1: Attach the intake and output nozzles to the canister filter.

Step 2: Attach the hoses to the nozzles.

Step 3: Attach the intake tube to the short side of the intake hard tube.

Step 5: Attach output tube to the long side of the output hard tube.

Step 6: Attach either the spray bar or the output cover to the short side of the output hard tube.

Step 7: Prime the Canister Filter. Most canister filters will have a priming pump to make this super easy.

Step 8:  Locate the pump button and pump as directed. This will suck water into the canister filter and will fill the canister with water.

Note: Be sure that your hoses are trimmed down to no more than 4 to 6 extra inches than would be needed to reach from the intake and output fixtures to the filter itself. The siphon won’t start if the hose goes below the level of the filter motor.

Step 9: Once the canister is filled with water, plug-in the filter.

Our recommendation and best rated canister filter.

Based on its low price, its ability to filter 360 gallons per hour and an overall rating of 4/5.

We are confident the Marineland C-360 Canister Filter would be a great choice for anyone looking for a solid canister aquarium filter.

If you don’t think a canister filter will suit your needs?

click here to see all the different filter options for your aquarium.