Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

I have a 167 liters (44 gallon) aquarium, with variety of fishes like Oscars, Barbs, Gourami’s.  Maintaining the clear water was too difficult with the top filter which was inbuilt with the tank. It took a lot of cleaning very frequently. I thought to go for a canister/external filter which would solve my problem and started looking out for one.

Before purchasing one, I was searching for the reviews about the “Fluval 306 External/Canister Filter” and I hardly found any. There we lot of general reviews about the “06” series of the Fluval filters. This created a lot of confusion, as the lower capacity and higher capacity filters differed in the behavior.

Finally I took a chance and went ahead to purchase the “Fluval 306 External/Canister Filter” from ebay India

Specifications: Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

Flow Rate: 1150 L/H (303 US GPH)

Wattage: 120 V / 60 Hz – 16 W and 230-240 V/50 Hz – 15 W

Some snaps..
Fluval306 External/Canister filter

Fluval306 External/Canister filter


Fluval 306 External/Canister Filter Impeller integrated in the filter cover

Impeller integrated in the filter cover


Fluval 306 External/Canister Filter with some accessories

Fluval 306 external filter with some accessories


What I got in the package: Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

  • 4 foam pads
  • Two x 70 g carbon
  • 2 x 120 g BioMax
  • Two x Bio-Foam
  • AquaStop valve assembly
  • Ribbed hosing
  • 2 rim connectors
  • Intake tube
  • Intake strainer
  • Output nozzle
  • 2 rubber connectors
  • Instruction manual
  • Quick start manual

Better filtration: Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

The filtration offered by Fluval-306 external filter is amazing. With the regular cleaning like wiping the aquarium glass from inside and outside, gives a crystal clear look. I also have a wave maker which helps the debris to unsettle and thus making it easier for the filter to clean the water.

Setup: Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

The setup is very easy. Just unpack the filter media and connect the hoses and impeller. That’s it. The only thing is the first time priming: it needs a lot of priming when you setup the filter for first time, It intakes a lot of water (nearly half a bucket). I suggest to prime and run the filter for 2-3 minutes before installing it in the aquarium to remove all the air from the canister.

Quite operation: Fluval 306 External Canister Filter

I’d gone through lot of reviews and got equal comments about high and low noise. I am using the filter now for around 15 days and was surprised by the silence it offered. For me it is super-silent in night too. In the day time, you can only identify the filter is ON or OFF if you see the water currents. No noise at all.

Apart from all of this, the build quality and material used is very good. I did not find the unit very bulky. Water flow is excellent, no decrease over time.

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