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Brand Fluval
Color Black
Item Weight 6.4 Pounds
Model Name HAGEN FLUVAL 206 CANISTER FILTER
Unit Count 1 Count

About this item

  • Multi-stage filtration for healthy fresh & saltwater aquariums
  • Suitable for aquariums up to 45 gallons
  • Sound dampening impeller design for a quieter operation
  • Equipped with a clog-proof intake strainer and a dual layer foam screen
  • Built with a patented Aquastop Valve, multiple filtration baskets, and rim connector assemblies; 3 year warranty

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Suction power
4.1 4.1
Noise level
4.0 4.0
Easy to clean
4.0 4.0
Sheerness
3.3 3.3

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Fluval External Filter

Fluval 406 Canister Filter delivers many practical benefits–including better filtration, less maintenance frequency, faster setup, and quieter operation–all designed to make fish keeping more enjoyable. Building on the success of Fluval 05 Series filters, this filter provides enhanced functionality and filtration performance to create the cleanest, healthiest aquariums ever. The filter helps make aquarium keeping as easy and worry-free as possible thanks to a remarkable range of additional features, including patented Aqua-Stop Valves for easy hose disconnections, single-motion lift-lock clamps for simple cleaning and maintenance, and multiple removable filtration baskets that are already packed with the necessary media for mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.

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Fluval 06 series Canister Filters

Maximum Versatility and Premium Performance

Fluval Canister Filters provide superior filtration ideal for all size aquariums. Suitable for use with freshwater or saltwater aquariums. Fluval canister filters offer superior filtering capacity by utilizing large media capacity and powerful flow rate.

Advanced Motor Technology.

Powerful Motor. Maintains strong flow between scheduled maintenances.

Quite Operations.

Precise-engineered Bearing minimizes impeller vibration and cover reduces noise.

Multi-Stage Filtration:

Each Filtration stage is separated for maximum versatility and minimal maintenance, using the entire canister volume to optimize filtration efficiency

Mechanical Stage:

Large capacity, vertical twin foam pre-filters absorb more debris and prevent clogged media

Chemical and Biological Stage:

Independent modules allow easy and mess-free media removal

Powerful Motor. Maintains strong flow between scheduled maintenances.

QUICK & EASY Maintenance:

AquaStop Valves

Stops water flow without disconnecting hoses, elimination leaks and mess

Lift Lock Clamps

Securely and quickly locks motor housing in place. class fibers ensure strength and durability.

Quick-change Mechanical Media

Securely and quickly locks motor housing in place. class fibers ensure strength and durability.

Instant Prime

For instant start-up without the need for manual siphoning.

Model Fluval 106 Fluval 206 Fluval 306 Fluval 406 Fluval G6 Aquarium Capacity Up to 15 US Gallons Up to 15 US Gallons 12 to 30 US Gallons 24 to 40 US Gallons 34 to 65 US Gallons Dimensions 2 x 2.8 x 7.5 inches 4 x 3 x 6 inches 3.5 x 3 x 8 inches 4 x 3.5 x 8 inches 4.5 x 4 x 13 inches Media Stages Mechanical and Biological Filtration Contains 3 Media stages Contains 3 Media stages Contains 3 Media stages Contains 3 Media stages Output 50 US Gal 65 US Gal 105 US Gal 155 US Gal 260 US Gal Wattage 120V/60Hz: 6.8W 120V/60Hz: 5W & 230-240V/50Hz: 4.5W 120V/60Hz: 5W & 230-240V/50Hz: 5W 120V/60Hz: 7.5W & 230-240V/50Hz: 6W 120V/60Hz: 12W & 230-240V/50Hz: 10W

Fluval Media
Fluval Carbon
Fluval Carbon, 100-gram Nylon Bags - 3-Pack

Fluval Carbon Filter Media Insert is capable of adsorbing most liquified impurities and dyes present in aquarium water. It does not contain phosphates and will not change the pH of the aquarium water.

Fluval Foam Filter Block
Fluval Foam Filter Block (204/205/306 & 304/305/306)- 2-Pack

Fluval Aquarium Filter Foam Blocks provide mechanical straining of particulate waste. It prevents particulate waste from prematurely clogging other filter media in the module stack.

Fluval Biomax Bio Rings
Fluval Biomax Bio Rings - 500 grams/17.63 ounces

Fluval BioMax Media Inserts have a complex pore system creating an optimal environment where beneficial bacteria can thrive.

Fluval Ammonia Remover
Fluval Ammonia Remover, 180-gram Nylon Bags - 3-Pack

Fluval Ammonia Remover is a natural ion-exchange media designed to remove toxic ammonia as water passes over it. Controlling ammonia levels reduces stress on fish.

Fluval Clearmax Phosphate Remover
Fluval Clearmax Phosphate Remover Filters, 3.5 Ounces - 3-Pack

Clearmax Phosphate Remover traps phosphate, nitrate and nitrite. It also reduces odors, makes maintenance easier and provides crystal clear water to create ideal conditions for fish.

Fluval Zeo-Carb
Fluval Zeo-Carb, 150 Gram, 3-Pack Nylon Bags

Fluval Zeo-Carb is a premium blend of research grade Fluval Carbon and Fluval Ammonia Remover. Working together, these highly effective media eliminate liquefied impurities.

Fluval Fine Water Polishing Pad
Fluval Fine Filter Water Polishing Pad

Fluval Water Polishing Pads are uniquely designed to fit Fluval Canister Filters. These extra thick micro-fine polyester pads effectively trap micro particles and debris as water passes through.

Fluval Pre-Filter Media
Fluval Pre-Filter Media - 750 grams/26.45 ounces

Fluval Pre-Filter is designed to capture solid waste before they reach other media. This prevents premature clogging of finer filters and extends their life, reducing media replacements frequency.

Fluval Peat Granules
Fluval Peat Granules, 500 Gram/17.6 Ounce

Fluval Peat Granules are the all-natural way to soften aquarium water and achieve the pH levels required for breeding and rearing certain tropical fish.

Fluval BioFoam
Fluval Bio Foam

Fluval bio-foam combines mechanical and biological filtration. Its porous structure increases surface area for the growth of helpful nitrifying bacteria.



Fluval Water Care



Aquarium supplements and conditioners are a convenient way to create water conditions that mimics those found in nature; they make water safe for aquarium use by removing harmful toxins, help plants grow by providing them the necessary trace elements and are an easy way to maintain water quality in a tank by removing waste and adding beneficial bacteria to the environment. Developed by our dedicated team of specialists and manufactured in Canada at our state-of-the-art liquids facility, new Fluval water treatments are scientifically formulated to produce clean, clear and safe living conditions for aquarium fish and plants.


Hagen Fluval Water Conditioner for Aquariums
Hagen Fluval Water Conditioner for Aquariums

Fluval Water Conditioner is highly efficient comprehensive water conditioner that makes tap water safe for fish by removing chlorine and chloramines and neutralizing toxic heavy metals. Fluval Water Conditioner features a patented stress relief formula and is also effective at protecting scales and fins and preventing the inflammation.

Hagen Fluval Biological Enhancer for Aquariums
Hagen Fluval Biological Enhancer for Aquariums

Fluval Biological Enhancer is a responsive biological aquarium supplement that ensures that all aquariums are immediately inoculated with a powerful team of beneficial bacteria, providing a safe biological habitat for your fish. These highly effective micro-organisms will create a biological flora that quickly metabolizes lethal ammonia and nitrite.

Hagen Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums
Hagen Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums

Fluval Biological Cleaner helps reduce aquarium maintenance by helping to reduce waste in gravel, power filters, decoration and on interior aquarium surfaces. Fluval Biological Cleaner rapidly reduces organic waste from overfeeding, fish waste, and other decaying material such as plant leaves.

Hagen Fluval Plant Micro Nutrient for Aquariums
Hagen Fluval Plant Micro Nutrient for Aquariums

Fluval Plant Micro Nutrients is a balanced supplement essential for healthy, vibrant aquarium plants. Tap water is often devoid of necessary trace elements required by aquatic plants and plants rapidly deplete available micro-nutrients, regular supplementation is necessary.

Fluval Quick Clear for Aquarium Water Treatment
Fluval Quick Clear for Aquarium Water Treatment

Fluval Quick Clear effectively helps eliminate undesirable particles that cause cloudy aquarium water, such as suspended organic and inorganic particles, dirt, slit and fine sand. Its special formulation clumps together particulate waste by ionic attraction, vastly enhancing filtration absorption and creating crystal clear water.

Fluval Clarify Bio for Aquarium Water Treatment
Fluval Clarify Bio for Aquarium Water Treatment

Fluval Bio Clear contains fast-acting enzymes that naturally clarify cloudy aquarium water. Its biological formulation effectively clears cloudy water by rapidly consuming free floating organic food sources, proteins and other organic elements. Bio Clear is recommended for clarifying cloudy water caused by new tank syndrome.

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Yes
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.6 x 11.4 x 14.8 inches; 6.4 Pounds
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ A207
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ September 21, 2011
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005QRDDM4
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,710 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 1, 2013
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 3, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars UPDATED: not so leaky
By Audiocage on September 2, 2016
Update: I must say that the customer service from Hagan/Fluval is quite good. However, the first person I talked to a few weeks ago did not provide as comprehensive and analysis of the filter problem as this second person did yesterday. That said, the second person told me that the leaks that I was experiencing in the filter were due to the O rings on the tube assembly and during the filter. I had thought that the leaks were due to the large o-ring going around the entire pump assembly and this was not the case.

OMG, another leak! This time there was a tiny drip leak coming out of where the hoses meet the fittings on the filter. I suggest that you turn the red nuts back away from the end of the tube about 1 inch so that 1 inch of just the tube is exposed. Cut this tube and straight and clean with a knife. Then, slide the tube all the way down until it meets the plastic rim if you have trouble doing this, use a little silicone to help you. Then tighten the nut to the point of where it is snug.

So basically, every place my filter could leak, did leak. That aside, it appears to be a powerful and excellent filter. Much care needs to be taken with all of the O-rings and installation of the tubes as stated above.

The leaks that I was experiencing on both filters was a small trickle leak near the handles. This immediately lit a lightbulb off in the customer service agent. She said that the small O-rings on the connector assembly needed to be properly lubricated with silicone grease. In short, I used a small brush and went around the periphery of both of rings a few times to assure they were coated with grease. After about 12 hours I checked and there are no leaks at all. She told me that essentially water was getting passed one of the O-rings and going back up into the pump assembly then trickling down by the handles.

So, in short, I would apply a thin coat of grease to all these O-rings with a brush whenever I open the filter for service. With the presence of grease on the large Orion, the pump assembly should slide down pretty easily onto the main housing. Both customer service agents suggested pushing down one side by the handle all the way down until there is no gap then fully clip that handle. Repeat the process on the other side. There should be almost no gap all the way around. In other words, don't rely solely on the handles to pull down the pump assembly.

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LEAKS LEAKS LEAKS LEAKS!

I am a mechanical engineer by trade and have tried about 6 times to stop this filter from leaking without success, Yes, I know that I can return it and have an RMA in place from the manufacturer. I have found several things that may be the cause. First, there are a number of voids or scratches which are attributed to their injection mold cavities. This is caused by over-used molds that are not properly maintained. The o-ring cannot seal such small cracks. However, I carefully sanded them down and polished them and still have leaks. I noticed that it takes a very large amount of force to put the motor assembly on the main container with the o-ring in place. However, with the o-ring removed, the 2 parts go together quite easily. Therefore, I assess that the large forces needed to fully seat the 2 parts is caused a warp in one of the parts due to the o-ring forces. Poor poor design. Just for grins, I'll try to locate a smaller diameter o-ring to reduce these forces and see if that solves the issue.

In the mean time, I suggest that you DO NOT purchase this filter assembly due to this leakage issue. I would say that I have replaced about 10 gallons of water within a week. My floor is tile and on ground floor so no house damage was done. You want to take that chance?

Good luck.
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Glitterbug
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant filter Eheim convert !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 14, 2016
Size: 406Product Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant filter Eheim convert !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 14, 2016
I wish i could give this ten stars. I love love love this filter it has transformed my tank completely, I started keeping fish in the 70s and all the way through the 80s and 90s and even most of the 00s you really had to over estimate the size of your filter relevant to your tank. My rule of thumb was at least double more often than not triple the size of my filter relevant to size of tank but those days appear to be long gone. I recently purchased a tank which had some weak trickle filter installed in the hood and I knew this would not cut the mustard just by looking at it. The tank construction itself is fantastic but the on board filtration is absolute poop. The aquarium is 4 ft and 300 litres so this is just over as it is market as up to 400 l being a 406. All the little niggly things that were slight issues with the 405 gone in the 406. Operation is super effective and super quiet. Keeps my water absolutely crystal clear and water parameters perfect and I love it so much I don't think I would buy any other brand of filter now. I used to be a Eheim fanatic but when I looked at the current prices they are absurdly expensive compared to these. Due to being less than half the price I did not think it would be as good but it easily surpasses my last Eheim in every measure, Totally converted. My parter has asperger's and as such he has super human hearing which is a concern and even he cannot believe how quite it is. This has got to be the quietest tank I have every had. In fact the T8 fluorescent tubes almost make as much noise! This has cut down my water changes drastically. I keep testing the water hoping i need to do one but no, water parameters still perfect three weeks in. Brilliant filter. Just two small gripes but these just could be me. I hate the clear intake tube and white connectors. Hate them with a passion as they stand out like a sore thumb on my black background which otherwise hides the black pipework perfectly. Also don't like the fact that you have to purchase a separate spray bar. This is a powerful filter and if you just hook up the return with what they give you i.e. basically straight back into the tank it could churn your tank like a washing machine ! I also did not really have enough pipe given to install the intake and out take on opposite sides of the tank as the filter has to fit in one or other side of the cabinet as there is a centre beam which means at 4ft long there is no way you have enough pipe. I got round this by installing the intake and out take on the same side but using a spray bar for the return which I would have done anyway and having the spray bar going almost the full length of the tank. If you don't want to do that you might want to thank about buying more pipe. Overall these are minor issues but it would have been good if you could even purchase black connectors and black intake tubes. Even if I had to buy them separately I would have gladly paid to get them but I have not seen them on sale anywhere. I do believe that the pipework for the 405 i.e. previous model fits this one and that had dark grey connectors so that might be an option.
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Psypex
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Years on and still the best filter I have ever used.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 8, 2016
Size: 406Product Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Years on and still the best filter I have ever used.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 8, 2016
So, its been nearly 2 years since I purchased this Filter and thought I would write a review on how it has performed.
Well what can I say, it has performed flawlesly in that time with no issues, its still very quiet and has had no leaks and I beleive thats down to the fact that it is maintained every month where it is cleaned out and the seals have some silicon grease applied to them, and yes they are still the original seals and the large foam and medium biofoam are also still original, and as they still spring back into shape after a gentle squeeze to get rid of the large particules i see no reason to change them.
Obviously the polishing pads need replacing, which for me is every month, however i will advise you to place the polishing pads on top of the black biofoam in the bottom tray as this will ensure that the water, when it gets to your biologial media, is super clean and wont clog up your cermic media/noodles etc.
With regards to the polishing pads, I dont use Fluvals own, I bought a large roll of filter floss from Finest Filters and use this instead and in the process saved a fortune.
My only other recomendation is to use Biohome Ultimate filter media and not the stuff that comes with it, your fish will be happier if you do and is probably another of my top purchases and recomendations.

So am I happy, Yes, Would I buy another if i got another tank, Absolutely yes.
Oh, my tank is 240l (Fluval roma) and is home to 3 Orandas.
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Happy Eater
4.0 out of 5 stars initial impressions.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 20, 2018
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Alicein
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal first external filter for those of you making the move from internal.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 4, 2014
Size: 106Product Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
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bouncer
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL, VERY QUIET, EASY TO SET UP AND CLEAN, SUPERB FILTER.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on December 24, 2017
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