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Five new canister filters for cleaner fish tanks in 2013

hydor professional external canister filter2013 is shaping up to a big year for fish tank canister filters with no fewer than five new models from four different manufacturers becoming available for the first time, or for the first time in America. Some of the usual suspects like Sicce, Hydor and Fluval are now offering completely new filters or upgraded versions of popular models, and newcomer Cobalt Aquatics is introducing a canister filter with a couple unexpected twists.

Hydor Professional External Canister Filter

Hydor’s new line of fish tank filtering boxes borrows some of the best features and design elements from Japanese style canister filters and turned them into their Professional External series of canister filters.cobalt EXT canister filter xtreme quiet and many models to choose from, we think Hydor has a great new line for the aquarium hobby this year.

Cobalt Aquatics EXT Canister Filter

Though Cobalt Aquatics is a relatively new name in fish tanks and aquariums, they’ve busted out the gate with a whole stable of innovative products, not the least of which is their EXT Canister FIlter. The EXT has a remote feed pump that keeps flowing even when you remove the media-filled body for cleaning and maintenance.

Hagen Fluval FX6 Canister Filter

The Fluval name is synonymous with big bad burly canister filters with the power and volume to handle the dirtiest fish tank. A big suite of innovative features like maintenance dials, electronic self-monitoring and integrated water changing ports make the FX6 the King of the Hill to beat.

Sicce Whale Canister Filter

sicce whale canister filterThe Sicce Whale canister filter is one of the most attractive canisters we’ve yet seen. This little wonder has a small footprint and vertically gifted media section which is suited for aquarium with very little area in their stands. With Sicce’s legendary pump making skills, we expect the Sicce Whale to be extremely quiet and reliable for years.

Sicce Green Reset 100 Giant Pond Canister Filter

sicce green rest canister filterIf your tank is that big or that dirty, then you may need to get the comically large Sicce Green Reset. Designed primarily for ponds, the Green Reset has an integrated mechanism for cleaning the mechanical pads and backwashing the unit without ever taking it apart. If you’ve got a pond sized aquariums or lots of big fish with big loads of waste to boot, take a look at the Green Reset.

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It's best to use an additive

by ---

That removes chlorine and chloramine which you can buy at a pet store. You can also let the water sit out open for a day before adding it to the bowl, which will let the chlorine evaporate, but chloramine will remain if it's present.
Goldfish are a very messy fish. Most goldfish enthusiasts will tell you that it needs a minimum of 10 gallons for maximum health and life expectancy, but if it's a smaller fish you can get by with a smaller tank. At the very minimum I'd get one with a simple filter.

No, I don't.

by Purrrrrr

My fish are well taken care of and this arguing with me telling me to get rid of the filters is just stupid. Sorry but it is. If I had regular fish would you all tell me to do away with the filter, what about the Puffers tank, should I get rid of theirs too??? No.
And it's stupid to think how the pet stores take care of them is "right" *cough ML cough* Do you also think the way they keep their puppies is whats best for them? To live their entire lives in a tiny cage?????

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