Penn Plax Cascade Canister Aquarium Filter
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- Quick easy push button self-primer
- Independant 360 degree rotating valve caps
- Sturdy tip-proof base
- Flow rate cut-off valves adjust water flow
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Size: 65 Gallons
Top Customer Reviews
Recently the Penguin gave up the ghost. I decided to upgrade. I could not be happier. I am wondering why I didn't do it sooner. (And so are my fish.)
I'd read several people say it was hard to hook up. I didn't have that experience. The tubes went on with a little muscle, and I guess if you're a 90 pound gal, it might offer some resistance. Another review said he got different tubes instead of the ones that came with the unit. I don't see a need to do that. They're stiff, but more than get the job done. Another note, mine came with the filter media pre-loaded. I had to take the carbon mesh bag out of the plastic it came in. I bought media for it with the "buy this with this" option. Now I have media for when I need it. The priming of the pump was not the "press it four times and it will fill in a minute" the instructions said. However, I just repeated the steps they list, and it was up and running in no time.
That said, I put this on a 55 gallon tank. I have never had cleaner or clearer water in my tank. I just stand and stare at it in happy disbelief. It does seem to have a LOT of muscle for a tank that size, but again, it's doing an awesome job. The fish were a little concerned at first, but by the next morning were doing their thing as always.
I really like the profile of the top of my tank now. My aquarium sits on a stand. The filter went inside and I shut the door. There's no boxy black thing sticking out of the top. It looks great.
Also. This thing is whisper quiet.
What had kept me out of the canister market had been the price. A lot of the guys are $200-300.Read more ›
1. Prime is easy and just a about 5-10 push it pumps out all air and start working, faster than priming the Fluval.
2. Simple setup, you dont have to do much work.
3. Price is very low compare to Fluval or other branch. Cheapest.
1. None so far but I only used it for 2 months, dont know how long it will last.
UPDATE ON 6/11/2012: Have been in use for almost 2 years now, still works great!! The water flow is very strong. I only have to rinse the unit once.
UPDATE ON 6/18/2013: So far still runs! :) I conclude this unit is the best canister filter that I have ever owned! Good job Cascade!
I thought this filter would simply provide filtering support to the Eheim, but within a week of placing the Cascade in the aquarium, the Eheim's impeller began making noise and the water flow stopped completely. I removed the Eheim determined to repair it, but... the Cascade 700 does a great job keeping the 75 gallon aquarium in tip top shape all by itself! Yes, it is noiser than the Eheim (not nearly enough to be disturbing it's just that Eheim is silent and this filter is barely audible), but it works and it works well. My aquarium has been running solely on the Cascade 700 for 3 months now and it looks fantastic.
If you want to impress the people on tropical fish forums, purchase an Eheim. If you want a reasonably priced filter that out performs the Eheim line in every way, this is the way to go.
I'm not happy. The 1500 has now "eaten" 2 impellers in less than a year!? After 6 months the filter was making very loud chattering sounds. A few weeks later the 1500 was waking me up at night with new and louder grinding sounds. I replaced the impeller, that got me a few more months and now the pump needs a new impeller....AGAIN. :-/
I'm running my old cascade 700 until I find a new (better) brand. I give 3 out of 5 stars because my 1500 quickly died but my 700 still runs like a champ.
*****Original review, 5 out of 5 stars*****
TLDR review: Solid canister aquarium filter. Works well and the supply plumbing is interchangeable with other sizes.
I bought a Cascade 700 about 3 years ago and that filter ran 24/7 keeping my 46 gallon bow front humming along. I recently upgraded to a 72 gallon bow front and just moved all my old accessories over. Unfortunately the 700 didn't have the capacity for my 72 gallon tank and I needed to upgrade. I really liked my Cascade 700 so it was a "no-brainer" for me: I bought the 1500 version.
Similarities between the 700 and 1500:
#1. The assembly, construction, and engineering is virtually identical. The media trays are designed to work the same way; The incoming water is taken all the way to the bottom first, then it flows upward toward the pump and is expelled back into the tank.
#2. The hook-up plumbing, hoses, etc are identical. In fact all I had to do was un-thread the old 700 and screw in the new 1500; the whole job took about 3 minutes.
#3. The primer button works fine and appears to be identical
#1 Height!! Look at the customer submitted images to get a feel for how much bigger it is.
#2. Media trays.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great filter! It has three trays for filter media and is the quietest machine I've (never) heard. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Happy in DBQ
So far so good, out of box it took me 30 min max to set up and running. No leaks so far. good buy.Published 1 day ago by Billy Whittaker
ive been using this filter for about a year now. it is powerful and keeps my water crystal clear in a 55 gallon discus tank.Published 3 days ago by David
Worked for a week then almost no flow , return policy sucks, have to adjust this review because the unit started working again. Have no idea whyPublished 3 days ago by Robert Saavedra
This is my first canister filter. Overall I'm satisfied - it's quiet, my fish seems happy (though 2 of them died since I had a big water change right before I installed this... Read morePublished 4 days ago by S.S. Zhang