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I use both and I like the HOB's better.

The reason being is that I'm always concerned that one day the lids on the Canisters may leak. I think the canisters can do a better job filtering the tank, but HOB's are easier to maintain and get in and out of IMHO. Your choices for filter media are endless in a canister filter. Ultimately I am going to go with pot scrubbers and a nice layer of reusable filter floss.
 

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Oh... I forgot to add that you don't have to pay for prefab filters. I quit using them long ago. All you need is filter floss and a little creativity and You will end up with a much more effective filter than you realized. It sounds to me like you really don't need another filter at all! Especially if cost is your concern, look around on the forums and the net and you will find endless ways on how to improve your HOB. I would only think about getting another filter if my HOB was failing, leaking or could no longer handle the bioload.

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-cosmic
 
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