Cascade 1000 vs Fluval 406?

Topic: I am buying a new canister filter for my aquarium and wondering some Cascade 1000 reviews? Or maybe some arguments on the cascade 1000 vs fluval 406 canister filter. They both seem like a descent choice. The Cascade is a little cheaper and I could save some money buying that or just breaking down and getting the fluval. Need some help and reviews here folks?


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Posted by Sarah M: The Cascade 1000 is an awesome filter and I can vouch for it. I’ve owned a couple of them through the years of my fishkeeping. They are very quiet and the media is great. What’s also nice about Cascade filters is the parts are all easy to find and you can rebuild them. So once you buy the device your pretty much set to go. I think the Cascade 1500 is on a closer scale to the Fluval 406. I would choose the Cascade still because they are cheaper and still very quality filters. You can also read more reviews here

Cascade CCF3UL Canister Filter, 100 Gallon, 265gph
List Price: $149.99
Price: $67.59
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But then you start talking about the Fluval too.. haha. They have always been known as pretty much the “top dog” in the filter industry. The thing that sucks with fluval though is the PRICE. Your basically talking about two super good filters that are very close to comparison that have been around for a long time with both also having amazing customer reviews. I have owned both of these filters and they both have their little quirks that make each their own but pretty similar on a comparison scale. It’s a very hard decision.. here’s some more reviews

Fluval 406 External Filter
List Price: $198.95
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  • So I think I’m going to buy a cascade 1000 today since my fluval 404 crapped out… Can I get some feedback on it?
  • Thanks for the add just got a tank was looking at the cascade 1000 it’s a 55 gallon tank I’m also a newbie so any help would be great thanks.
  • What media should I be running on a 75 gallon freshwater tank I have acascade 1000 and a Nat geo Cf 80 canisters.
  • I have a cascade 1000 canister filter, & I broke the intake pipe fitting that the hose goes on. Any idea where to track down that part? It’d basically be part B just can’t seem to find it. Thought about just building one out of plumping parts at home depot
  • Anyone use a Fluval G3 Canister Filter? Pro’s, Con’s? Been thinking about getting one for a new 55 Build. I currently operated a Cascade 1000Canister on my exsisting 55gallon and have been extremely happy with it.
  • My favorite filter system is eheim cause for one you can fit all their parts on all their systems so upgrade is easy and I find them easier to stop and go and clean.


Posted by Nick L: Hey there I just bought a canister filter a cascade 1000 and its blowing air bubbles into my tank it that bad for the filter motor ?

  • Its not bad but you need to purge you canister more.
  • You need to get all the air out of the filter. I love the cascade filters!!
  • If you tilt filter side to side gently the air bubbles left in cannister will release out of cannister.
  • There should be a primer button/pump on top keep pressing until bubble stop coming out of outhouse.
  • I did that after I cleaned it and now like a week later it’s blowing bubbles not a lot just once in awhile
  • little bit of bubbles is not issue now and then, just make sure you turn the valves closed when doing a wc, helps keep air out of system, open them back up after wc and wa la!
  • cascade filters are great filters, I have several.


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