You can adjust the Hydor’s flow rate using the ball valves connected to the tubing on the canister’s top housing. The ball valves are designed to reduce back pressure, but they are effective in adjusting water flow so you can get the perfect amount of output for your tank.
This filter also comes with thick, extra-wide tubing that allows increased water flow, and the filter is definitely powerful enough to push water through these hoses.
Another great feature is the expandable spray bar, which comes in four sections so you can customize the length and placement that’s best for your tank. This lets you spread out the water flow and have water movement in more areas of the tank.
Or, if you prefer not to use a spray bar, the Hydor also comes with an adjustable angle flow return.
Hydor vs Fluval Who Wins?
Comparing Hydor’s filters to the Fluval 06 line is obvious, since both feature a square-shaped design, high flow rate and efficient operation.
But there are definitely some differences you should consider before deciding betwen the two.
The Fluval offers infrequent and painless cleaning and maintenance. The easy-open lid locks and AquaStop valve makes taking it apart a breeze, and you won’t have to fully disconnect anything to open it up.
The Hydor, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult, and you’ll have to be careful not to spill water everywhere when taking it apart.
With the Hydor’s included adjustable spray bar system, you can be sure that your water isn’t pouring into your tank too powerfully and disturbing your fish.
Hydor Canister Filter Adjustable Spray Bar
The Fluval doesn’t come with a spray bar, so you’ll have to buy one separately if you have delicate fish or plants in your tank.
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