The revolutionary design of the new Marineland Multi-Stage C-Series Canister Filter forces water to pass through the filter media trays, and not around them. With virtually no bypass, and a three-stage filtration process, only sparkling-clean water can re-circulate into your tank - regardless of size or type of aquarium. The key to this process is our special internal design and three-stage approach that passes the water through a series of specialized filter media. It's a design that delivers the best available technology in mechanical, chemical and biological filtration… and it's a design that is unmatched for capturing particulates.
Questions & Answers for Marineland C-Series Canister Filters
Constant air being pushed out of filter
We have had a Marineland C-360 filter running our 90 Gallon Cichlid tank and we seem to have an almost constant air bubble issue coming out of the return line to the tank. We have checked all of the gaskets and assorted pieces and there does not seem to be any leaking out of or into the filter that I can tell. Where should I start looking further to try and find the problem
Make sure your tubing is all the way down the nozzle to the very base of it where it connects to the valve block, before you push the hose nuts up and over the tubing. If not, then you will get a constant source of air. You should not see ANY threads on the nozzles.
For my turtle tank I cut the bottom of the diffuser off and added a small section of clear tubing so it was extended to the bottom of the aquarium and that was worked great for me.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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I just phoned customer service with the same question. I was told that they DO NOT have an extension for the outflow pump. Our tank is used for turtles also, but I have the water level all the way up to the outflow pump so that the pump can function. As a consequence, the turtles are basking while still covered in water. I don't know any other way around this at the moment. I plan to go to the hardware store to see if the plumbing department has something that can be used as an extension.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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Is this filter ok?
I have a 32 or 33 GL tank and my water has never been crystal clear. Done many things to improve. A friend suggested your product. I bought the C-160. Is this enough to handle my tank?
I would say for your needs that it would be okay for a freshwater tank, but would strongly suggest purchasing the 220 over the 160. 30 gallons is what the canister is rated at and it never hurts to overfilter. Unless the 160 is on sale I would spend the couple extra dollars on the 220.
hi, i acquired a c360 canister filter with the 90 gallon tank i purchased. i set it up, replaced intake strainer, pipe, and hose as well as the output hose, and pipe assembly. problem is the filter leaks . water looks like it's coming from under the clamps. do you have any idea why this is happening? also i replaced all o-ring seals already trying to fix this but it still leaks. I've always liked marineland products, it was the main reason i purchased this tank set up. please help.
C-160 not pumping as forcefully as when it was new?
My C-160 canister used to pump so strongly that there was a good current around the tank. Now water isn't coming out of the inlet very fast or much. The current has gone way down. I am currently not using a scrubber pad and, due to medicating, am not using even charcoal. Is it my impeller? I noticed that the impeller comes apart into a couple of pieces now. But i want to say that the filter is still working and filtering the water enough to support the tank.
I've had a similar problem to this in the past. It turned out that my problem was due to sludge buildup in the tubes and hose. It takes surprisingly little clinging to the walls of the tubing to dramatically affect the flow. Hope this helps.
Although it could be an impeller issue, you will also want to check the water level in your aquarium (it should be flush with the lower edge of the top trim) as well as your seals and gaskets. Depending on how long you have had your C-160, replacing your impeller may not be a bad idea.
I have a 55 gal tank filled half way with water up for a Red Ear Slider. The new C 360 pump only lasts 4 days with one turtle. the water gets very dirty/cloudy and starts to smell. Pump is still pumping large amounts of water through the filter. What needs to be done so the water has to be drained weekly?
turtles are super dirty aquatic animals id say weekly water changes which needs to be done anyways and you may have to clean your filter once a month as well or more filtration like a c-530...good luck hope it helps
The Canister C-360 filter is rated for aquariums up to 100 gallons. It sounds like you may have 25-30 gallons in your aquarium. This filter does a great job filtering, however a lot of this is going to depend on the wasteload of your turtle (size of the turtle based on gallon capacity). With this amount of water, it is still necessary to do regular water changes. Perhaps the filter is getting clogged or you are getting a reduced flow because of the amount of high protein-based debris in your aquarium. On the C-360, please also make sure you are running it with 3 carbon bags.
My brand new 530 canister is making the LOUDEST rattleing noise....why?
The first time I started my new 530, it started to rattle very loudly and I can't get it to stop. I have now disassembled the canister at least 10 times but each time it restarts....RATTLE. The magnetic propeller actually wobbles quite a bit .... it doesn't seem to be a snug fit like my old 530. I have checked and double checked all fittings and pieces to make sure they are in proper positions to no avail. Would a new porpeller solve the problem? I have also shook and shook the canister but it doesn't help. Right now I have several towels drapped over it to quit the noise so we can watch TV at night without the bothersome rattle. Any suggestions?
It would probably be best if you called in for some troubleshooting help, but the C Series canisters may rattle for the first couple of days, while they purge air pockets. Trapped air will make the ceramic rings hit each other, causing a rattling sound. It is best to let the filter simply run for at least 3 or 4 days before trying any tricks to quiet the filter. If you wish to call in, the number is 1-800-322-1266.
if the tank is 750 gallons then it is a custom build and if its a custom build they would have custom built a filter as well so i dunno how realistic your 750gal question really is maybe you should contact some custom tank builders hope this helps
We don't have anything quite large enough for that. Our largest sump would handle up to 200 gallons. You would need three fo them, along with three large pumps that could handle 700 gph at the top of the tank.
purchased last yr and perfect for use with red eared slider turtle however, once in a while and especially after the last time we changed the pad & foam it is a lot noisier. We shut down the pump when it became constant in case something was grinding or getting wrecked. Do you have any idea what this is?
The noise that you are hearing comes from the impeller. Your impeller is either in need of a thorough cleaning or an air pocket is causing the rattling/grinding noise that you are hearing. Please remove your impeller from its housing and clean the impeller completely. If it is very dirty, we recommend soaking the impeller in white distilled vinegar for 2-3 hours. You may also wish to replace your gaskets being that your O-ring will need to be replaced over time and may be the reason for an air leak.
Bought a new C-Series 360 Canister filter two weeks ago. Came back after a week's vacation to find the filter not pumping. Took it apart and found the impeller had a lot of friction and would not rotate freely particularly with the locking ring on. Worked with it. Added Vaseline(admittedly not a good solution) and finally got it to turn under normal operating conditions, but I'm off on a 2 week business trip and have no confidence that my fish will survive. What is a good lubricant and is it normal for friction to be so high.
Your units was only 2 weeks old and you had an issue with the impeller? You should have contacted customer service that should not occur so early on with a NEW unit. My C530 never was lubricated and it was over a year old.
I have had the filter for about two months, it has been quiet and smooth until about a week ago. Now when i turn it on it has a raddlin/ annoyin vibration noise. I have repeatedly took it apart and put it back together! Still raddling loud, any ideas what it is or how to stop it?
Could you tell me the order of the water flow through the filter? Just by looking at the design I'm guessing it comes in, flows down the sealed channel in the corner of the media baskets , and then flows up thought the media baskets bottom first. Is this correct? Thanks in advance.
Yes, that is actually normal for a couple of days, while it purges air. However, you can get the same effect if you did not tighten your c clamp onto the intake tube enough, or if you did not push your tubing down onto the valve block properly. Make sure you can NOT see ANY threads on the valve block nozzle. If you can, your tubing is not correct.
I would like to know if I can make my discharge hose longer than the recommendation. My goal is to build a cooler to route the hose through and coil it so during the summer months I can add ice water to keep the tank cool. I live in Hawaii and don't have AC so I am worried the tank might get too warm.
Yes, well it is a modified homemade chiller...basically by creating a coil effect on the discharge I can add ice in during the summer months to cool the tank. It isn't a permanent solution, but a lot cheaper than spending a 1400 for something that I will hardly use. Knowing the hose can go further than the recommended settings was what I wanted to know.
answered 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Yes, you can buy vinyl tubing through a Lowe's or Home Depot and extend it. I'm not sure about the cooler part though, as I would need more info to know if this filter could handle something like that. Sounds like you want to design a chiller. Chillers are what most saltwater people put on their tanks. You might check out some of the saltwater forums for ideas, such as www.reefcentral.com.
My brand new C-220 has been up and running for 5 days. I still have the rattling sound that should go away after 3-4 days. My connections are all solid, no air in the lines or anything. I checked the impeller, and it is seated properly. Just the annoying rattling sound that does not seem to be going away? Help, please!
Brex…Filter now running for 3 weeks. I am not running an airstone. I am using fine grade EcoComplete, it is more coarse than sand, and I do not see any of it inside the canister. I continue to have the rattling sound. Would it help to add more ceramic rings? I am perplexed that others have been advised this rattling will go away with time, but mine continues after 3 weeks? Thank you...
It definitely sounds like trapped bubbles somewhere. If you are using an airstone, turn it off. If you have sand in the tank, instead of gravel, you want to place filter floss inside the strainer to prevent the sand from getting up inside and causing issues.