HOB or sponge filter or canister filter

kevvang08

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I have been using canister filter for almost 2.5 years now. I'm wondering if a HOB would work or even a sponge filter. It's such a hassle to take the canister filter out of the stand and take it apart to clean. I have an fluval 406 for a 60 gallon tall tank and sunsun hw 5000 for an 120 gallon tall tank.
 

parrthed

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Honestly, depends on your setup. Fish load?

If you are looking for easy maintenance then HOB and sponge are a good choice. I run only sponges on my 40g pleco breeding tanks

My 150 has a 2262 canister and a couple sponge filters.

I run Eheim air pumps and have them on Battery backups in case of a power outage. At 4w per pump they will run for hours.

Honestly, I’d probably throw 2 AC110s on the 120 and one on the 60 and call it a day. You could throw a couple sponge filters in there as well if you didn’t mind the look.
 
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kevvang08

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I have 2 blue gouramis, 2 angelfish and 1 ghost knife in the 120G and the 60G I have like 5 glofish. I also have an ap 300 I have put away.
 

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Your 60 gallon could easily do an HOB, an aquaclear 110 would be more than enough, even a sponge filter would probably be good enough. As for the 120, 1-2 aquaclear 110's would probably do the job, I'm not sure if cleaning 2 HOB filters is easier than cleaning 1 canister filter, though.
 
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Your 60 gallon could easily do an HOB, an aquaclear 110 would be more than enough, even a sponge filter would probably be good enough. As for the 120, 1-2 aquaclear 110's would probably do the job, I'm not sure if cleaning 2 HOB filters is easier than cleaning 1 canister filter, though.
Maintenance of my 110 Aquaclear is about 8 minutes. I take out the Sponge and Bio Media and siphon the the filter housing and around the impeller area.
 
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