The major challenge with many canister filters in the market is that they are designed in such a way that allows for incoming water to bypass the filter media.
In other words, only half of the job is done by this filter units, as the resulting tank water doesn’t have the level of purity and clearness required for a clean aquatic environment.
After extensive research for the best models that overcome this limitation we are glad to inform you that the Marineland Magniflow 360 Water Filter is one product that has been a remarkable success.
The manufacturer’s claim of having a revolutionary design that prevents any bypass by the incoming water over the filtration media, is nothing less than the truth, as seen in the quality of water the machine delivers.
By forcing your supply through the four media trays, your tank is brought back to live with clean and fresh water.
Even though the filter mainly uses bio-filter balls and activated carbon, it still works well with a range of chemical, mechanical and biological media.
The use of activated carbon helps to ensure the removal of harmful chemicals such as copper and chlorine, while the bio-filter balls houses a large surface area required for biological filtration to take place, as well as the development of the bacteria responsible.
The vinyl tubing provided with the unit is also quite durable. Installation is pretty easy and as long as you do things properly, you shouldn’t experience any leaks.
Features and Benefits
In terms of build and quality, the Magniflow 360 rates pretty high. Besides it large size, it is heavy and sturdy. It has a plain shape which helps to facilitate its capability for no-bypass.
The body consists of a gray thick plastic covering and various parts that are tightly locked to ensure the sturdiness and durability of the filter. Like the unit itself, the hoses are somewhat thick and substantial. This might not sound intimidating until you need to lift the machine.
Compared to other canister filters in the market, this Magniflow is considered a bit heavier at 20 pounds. The weight is even more when you fill it with water and filtration media. Here, you might need to pull some muscles to move the machine to your sink.
The media trays used in this unit might actually be the most spacious in the market. This gives you a lot of customization options. More so, the trays are quite easy to access.
Easy Setup And Priming
As it seems the Marineland has learnt a great deal from the shortcomings of some other manufacturers in this regard. While the written instructions provided are still horrendous, they decided to go through the trouble of including a good DVD instructional for us.
This is quiet helpful, though many of you may still want to head to YouTube to get a simplified tutorial.
Having said all that, the set up process is quite easy, especially if you have experiences in setting up canister filter.
Priming is quiet simple too, thanks to the quick prime button. It quickly fills the canister housing and eliminates the need for manual siphoning, making it less messy for you as well.
Hopefully more and more filters will start including this feature but for now, it’s just the Marineland 360 and a few.
Since this model is prepackaged with the media you need, you can just unbox it and get to work. No additional cost of buying separate filter media.
However, don’t expect “top on the line”. Along the line you might want to consider investing in some new filtration media that is a bit more efficient.
Marineland obviously meant business when they said “no-bypass”. The interlocking sealed media trays actually force water to move only through the various filters.
By providing the tank water no other part to take, marine land ensures your water undergoes filtration process properly.
While the no-bypass system may be superb, the so-called quiet operation needs a bit of work. For sure, its not the loudest filter around, but there is a distinct him that you will pick up on that isn’t present with most silent filters on the market.
Once you finally get this monster to the sink, cleanup isn’t too big an issue. You probably have ideas when it comes to maintenance and cleaning.
Take the filter apart, clean with tank water to preserve your beneficial bacteria, make sure there are no form of obstructions, then assemble the filter.
It is pretty much the same with the C360, however proper care would have to be taken to not damage or lose the gaskets that seal the trays together.
On the plus side, in case you happen to lose anything while cleaning, marine land is running a top-notch customer service operation, and you will be able to get replacement parts in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it capable of sterilizing UV?
No, it can’t.
2. Does it come with hoses?
Yes, it does.
3. Is it suitable for a turtle tank?
Absolutely! This filter works greatly for turtle tanks.
4. Does it make loud noises?
Just a humming sound that you’d hardly notice.
What’s the height of the canister 360?
Its 15.5 inches tall.
The Bottom Line
The Marineland 360 is obviously one filter unit that brings a lot to the table. Apart from the fact that it delivers clean and clear water to your aquarium, it comes with a lot of impressive features that makes it easy to use and maintain. For its price, you might not find a better alternative.