Choosing the filtration system for your aquarium is very important as it not only impacts the quantity and type of livestock you wish to keep, but it also affects the amount of maintenance that the entire system will require. To select a filter for 55 gallon aquarium power filters and canister filters are two best options. These two are great choices among other filters for large size aquariums in the range of 50 to 60 gallons.
Canister filter has an external type of filtration system that can be housed in the aquarium cabinet. Canister filters, filtrate the aquarium water with all three types:
- Mechanical: this basic filtration accomplishes using a sponge or a material that traps solid waste of the tank when tank water moves through the filter.
- Biological: this filtration degrades Nitrite (NO2) and Ammonia (NH3) in aquarium water that causes harm for fish and invertebrates.
- Chemical: this filtration uses activated carbon filter media and it is for the removal of dissolved mater and heavy metal from aquarium water.
As the Canister filters can accommodate more filter media it is much powerful filter than other filters.
These are also known as ‘’Hang on filters’’ because these filters hang on the back of the aquarium. Power filters also provide all three types of filtrations. These filters are powered by an impeller that sucks aquarium water via an intake tube and releases it back into the tank via waterfall after passing through filter media.
Before deciding as to what kind of filter you are going to install, you have to keep in mind the number of species that you are thinking to keep and what their needs are. After considering these factors you need to look at the weaknesses and strengths of filters with their cost.