I'm upgrading my 20 gallon freshwater fishtank to a 72 gallon bowfront soon. My current filter is the kind that hangs on the side of the aquarium. It's not as noisy as the air pump, but it's noisy enough to bother Ed from time-to-time and I fear that a larger filter will be noisier, so I'm looking into my options:


Canister Filters:


Types of filters:

Canister Filter: It's like a bucket with an input and output tube that runs into the aquarium.

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Minuses:

Power Filter: This is like the one I have, it hangs off the back of the aquarium.

Pluses:

Minuses:

Undergravel Filter: Installed under the gravel, this filter provides biological filtration only!?!

Pluses:

Minuses:

Wet/Dry Filters: “large open filter that sits under the tank and has sections for each of the types of filtration” (from: Badmanstropicalfish.com). This is the kind that we saw at Petsmart -it took up the whole back of the tank, but it was quiet…

Pluses:

Minuses:

Submersible Filter: Installs inside the tank (under water)

Pluses:

Minuses:

Diatom Filters: Filters out particals small enough to be measured in microns.

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Interesting Links:

A rich person's guide to aquarium filteration: http://philip.greenspun.com/aquarium/filtration

 
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