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Hey, i have a 29g (30x12x18) tank with shell dwellers in it. I have a cheap internal fiter in it now but want to upgrade to a cannister so to give more room in tank and better filtration. Im having trouble deciding which fiter to get. *** seen some cheap ones around but im thinking it might be better going with a reliable brand like eheim, fluval etc.
So what would u recommend? and what size?
I know people favour different brands but im after the best value. Im thinking the eheim 2213 but not sure if its big enough?

Also are cannisters ok with sand? my multis seem to like putting sand EVERYWHERE!

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Canisters are better for sand imo than HOB filters because if they do suck up any sand it has a heck of a lot of media to pass through before it can get to the the impellar so chances are it will be stopped first.

As far as which filter... Eheim, Rena, and the Marineland C series get a lot of really positive comments on this forum. I don't think you can really go wrong with any of them. I personally chose marineland and that was basically because my background is black and the intake and output hardware for the C series is black.. haha however... I actually have a 29 gallon tank that is soon to become full of brichardis (once the pair gets busy) and I will probably upgrade to a canister at that time... maybe I'll go with rena since I have a blue background on that one.

I'm not sure what the eheim 2213 is rated at but I always try to at least twice what the companies recommend.... so I would shoot for something that is rated for a 60 gallon tank minimum.
 
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