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Hi,

What is the name of the filter with a small cylindrical inlet above the water surface and an outlet at the other end. They're not canister filters but they are external I think. I think its called a box filter that sits on top of the tank.

I think the pet shops use them, you can see water flowing down, within a small curricular perimeter, in one corner of the tank.

Can someone please help me to name this sort of filter and link me to one?

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Those are also called HOB filters, or Hang-on-back. Most people here prefer the Fluval Aquaclear as they contain a large basket for lots of filter media. here it is on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-70-Power-Filter-Includes/dp/B000260FUW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371059908&sr=8-1&keywords=aquaclear+70

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Actually the one I mean looks like this:

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v3/290660029/Aquarium_Top_Filter_RS_203K_.jpg

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v1/527924391_1/12W-Aquarium-Top-filter-Pump-Plastic-Box-Filter-Pump-800L-H-Brand-New.jpg

A box with a lot of filter media inside, and a pump and outlet in one, and a separate cylindrical inlet from the box.

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Oh....I've never seen something like that before. haha sorry. I'm sure someone else here can help you though!

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I wouldn't use that filter myself, but what size tank do you have? If you want a HOB I would recommend the Aquaclear filters. Just make sure you have 10 times filtration. For instance, a 55 gallon tank would need a filter that will produce at least 550GPH. That's my :twocents:)

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I wouldn't use that filter myself, but what size tank do you have? If you want a HOB I would recommend the Aquaclear filters. Just make sure you have 10 times filtration. For instance, a 55 gallon tank would need a filter that will produce at least 550GPH. That's my :twocents:)

Cant get Aquaclear filters in UK :no:

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I wouldn't use that filter myself, but what size tank do you have? If you want a HOB I would recommend the Aquaclear filters. Just make sure you have 10 times filtration. For instance, a 55 gallon tank would need a filter that will produce at least 550GPH. That's my :twocents:)

Cant get Aquaclear filters in UK :no:

Awe. That's really too bad. :(

I wouldn't use that filter myself, but what size tank do you have? If you want a HOB I would recommend the Aquaclear filters. Just make sure you have 10 times filtration. For instance, a 55 gallon tank would need a filter that will produce at least 550GPH. That's my :twocents:)

Cant get Aquaclear filters in UK :no:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/278-5749699-8166462?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=aquaclear

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Thats imported from the US of A.. And I think the P&P cost on an AC70-110 would put most people off the idea.. Also you would need a US to UK step up adapter

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Oh, :(

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If you are looking for a cheap method of filtration, there is a DIY section with lots of home-made filters in it. The most expensive thing in any of the filters I've made is the pump/powerhead. The rest are cheap plumbing, media, and containers :)

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Actually the one I mean looks like this:

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v3/290660029/Aquarium_Top_Filter_RS_203K_.jpg

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v1/527924391_1/12W-Aquarium-Top-filter-Pump-Plastic-Box-Filter-Pump-800L-H-Brand-New.jpg

A box with a lot of filter media inside, and a pump and outlet in one, and a separate cylindrical inlet from the box.

I've never seen a filter like that before. Must be new.

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Yes I saw a lot of these filters on my trip to asia, they had quite a few of these a few years ago and I bought one. They were excellent you could put whatever you wanted in the box and the spray bar would make sure the water was evenly spread out across the box to filter the water all over the media. There were 3 different sponges and some rings.

I'm surprised that they're not really used in the western countries probably because they need to sit on top of the tank to work. I would buy one of these again.

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I have seen large versions of these at my local Chinese fish store. They have a huge rectangular koi tank. There is a pump that shoots water up to what looks to me like the tool box for the back of a pickup truck. This box sits on top of the tank, on both sides. The box is closed. I assume that inside there is a huge amount of biomedia. Water flows back down to the tank. These are very similar to shakaho's pond filter designs, which she covers with lovely plants.

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if that's supposed to be like a hang-on canister, then the only one I can think of that I've seen available here is this one: http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aquarium-1/aquarium-filters/external-filters/aquarium-external-filter-150-l-h.html

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