It is can’t be denied that a filter plays an important role in creating the cleanest and most hospitable environment for your fish and plants.
Choosing the right type of filter for your tank can be a litter confusing because there are so many products out there.
Choosing the best fish tank filter also depends on your tank size, your preference, and space. This post will help you to understand the pros and cons of each filter type, in order to help you make the right decision.
Canister filter is external filter that using a powerful mechanical filter media. It is also larger than another filter. These features make it perfect for medium to large size tank. If you are using the larger than 40 gallons size tank, you can choose the Canister filter.
Due to its size, this filter may cause you some problems if you do not have much space outside the tank. You have to ensure that you have enough beneath space the aquarium to install this filter.
There is also one more negative side that canister filter is difficult to disassemble when you need to clean it.
Hang on back filter
HOB filter is also an external filter. It is delicate and also smaller than Canister filter. Therefore it will take less space outside the tank.
However, HOB filter can make noise during operation, you should choose the HOB device that allows you to regulate the flow of water in order to solve this problem.
For people who do not have space outside, using the internal filter will be the best ideal. Internal filter quite smaller, due to this it is cannot use for larger than 50 gallons size tank. However, there is the drawback that the internal filter will take the living space inside the tank of your fish.
Although it is placed inside the tank, you can disassemble and remove it in and out of the tank easily. It is also easy to take apart and clean.
Under gravel filter
UGF filter is placed under the substrate of the tank. This is the simple filter that quite cheap, easy to install and does not take you lots of effort to maintain it. However, UGF filter clogs fairly easily and not an ideal option for aquarium with live plants.