Review: Marineland 220 Canister Filter?


Topic: I’m looking at buying the Marineland 220 canister filter. What is your experience with this filter? I’m looking for your review on the 220 marineland magniflow. I saw the price just dropped on amazon and want to buy. It is a pretty good filter right?


 

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Posted by Megan B: All the Marineland canister filters are the same design for the most part. The only difference is how much water they pump and how much space they have for filter media. The 220 Magniflow series is a popular seller because it’s sort of the “middle of the road” sizing and is still cheap in price. I have owned a couple of these filters over the years and I was very happy! I would highly advise anyone to buy the marineland 220 Magniflow. You can read more info and reviews here on amazon:

Marineland ML90750 Magniflow Canister 220 Filter
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Posted by Julie N: I also have a Marineland C-220 filter.  I really liked this filter initially until I found several significant design flaws.  Marineland’s Ceramic Rings appear to be too smooth to be effective and many of my rings were locked together in groups of two or three (manufacturing issue).  The Snapper Clamps for the Intake/Outlet Tube don’t fit tight enough.  The Strainer doesn’t fit securely on the Intake Tube and can easily be knocked off by larger fish or during maintenance.  The Strainer fell off recently when I was at work so the filter sucked up all of my small fish until my favorite Corydoras Catfish got stuck in the end the Intake Tube and died.  I also thought my filter was missing a rubber gasket so I purchased the C-160/220 O-Ring/Gasket Kit.  After some experimentation, I concluded that a rubber gasket is not needed for the top tray because I couldn’t make it fit.  I’d love to hear what other C-220 owners think about the rubber gasket topic.  The C-160 has the same design problems because it shares most of the same replacement parts.  I hope Marineland enhances this product family to address these issues.  I also hope they add models with integrated UV filters.

  • Hey, can you upgrade the impeller on this? I watched another video where this guy would buy the larger impeller and put it in his smaller filter to push more water…  So I want to buy this same canister filter, Marineland C-220 for my new 55 gallon tank. Can I buy the impeller for the 100 gallon filter and put it in this one for my 55 gallon marine land to push more water?
  • Yes you do need the seal for every media basket. It prevents water bypass between the outside and inside of the media baskets. They are called hermetic rubber seals. Without them your filter will not be as efficient as it could be. Also if your top media basket is empty, put more Eheim substrate pro in there. It’s what keeps the fish alive after it establishes itself. Good luck with your aquarium.
  • I thought about getting either a marineland, fluval or filstar. All have high flow which I need. Went with the filstar because it is considerably cheaper and I have never owned one. Your filter seems great to me. I have never owned one before. Seems very similar to a filstar just more expensive.

Posted by Brandon N: Wow! So I was looking up videos about this filter because I wanted to see what it looked like on the inside, and I am blown away by the production value on your videos. I know it’s not much more then a camera and taking the time to do some decent editing, but holy cow it shows! Even your website is A+! Expect to see an order come in from me tonight! Keep up the good work!

Marineland ML90750 Magniflow Canister 220 Filter
List Price: $161.99
Price: $107.97
You Save: $54.02
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  • I don’t know how you can work with this filter. I finally got mine and it was a nightmare to setup. the hoses are a battle. they curve the way they want and won’t allow my inlet and outlet tubes sit how i want them, and they keep pulling on the background, uhg! Also, My output cone thingy, seems like it’s broken, the tube that connects on the actual end piece is only 2/3rds, causing water flow to leak out before the output. Are they all like that on the 220? The connection seems kinda weak. Thanks.
  • I want a really good filter. My turtle tank gets dirty within a week, the filter I have sucks I just don’t know what filter is good to buy. I don’t care the cost because I’m constantly changing the water! Maybe somebody can help me out what would be a really good filter/canister to buy? That would be great! I have a 40 gallon tank.
  • Even with the 55g rated canister, turtles are disgusting and you’ll be cleaning out the filter pads constantly. I had a BIG red eared slider and let’s just say i rehomed him after 3 weeks. But hey, if you dont mind maintenance, this will most likely be way better than whatever you got, if it’s not canister. You shouldn’t have to do as many water changed but… turtles suck!! hehe
  • The problem I have with canisters is the “out of sight – out of mind” problem. HOB’s force me to clean them. Canister filters rely on me keeping track of cleaning them. Even though i’ve been in the hobby for 30 plus years, i’m lazy when it comes to cleaning filters. Marineland makes a great product. I absolutely love their stuff. And i’m sure these canisters are no exception, but all canisters need careful attention. That extra time they give you between cleanings quickly starts to turn to a filter that is in dire need of cleaning. For fish like those I keep, fancy goldfish, canisters aren’t the best option. However, for tanks that are under stocked or stocked with low waste producing fish, they are great options. i’ve had other brands leak on me, so that’s a concern with canisters as well.