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Fluval 206 External Canister Filter Review

The well established and renowned brand Fluval is a part of the Hagen group of fish keeping products and in 2013 they have yet again surpassed themselves with a fantastic range of external canister fish tank filters. The entry-mid level model in this range featuring a flow rate of 780 L/H (206 US GPH) and boasting the ability to filter aquarium up to 200 litres (45 US Gallons) is the 206 model.


Building on the success of Fluval 205 filter, this filter provides enhanced functionality and filtration performance that creates the cleanest, healthiest aquariums ever. The Fluval 206 external canister filter delivers many practical benefits including better filtration, less maintenance frequency, faster setup, and quieter operation.

Key features of the Fluval 206 external canister filter include:

  • Improved motor hydraulic performance that reduces maintenance frequency, increases flow rates and head pressure
  • Enhanced water filtration performance for cleaner, healthier water
  • Better biological filtration, with the addition of Bio-Foam media
  • Sound-dampening impeller design for 8 to 15% quieter operation
  • Redesigned impeller cover that’s less prone to breakage
  • Re-engineered efficient priming system for easier starting
  • Stronger lift-lock clamps for more secure closure
  • Hose lock nuts improves security

The filter helps make aquarium keeping as easy and worry-free as possible by providing 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.


You will have 2 baskets in the Fluval 206 filter to put your media (some filter media is included in the box), which gives you the ability to alter the types of media kept in each tray and allows for ease of maintenance as you can change the media alternately and at different times.

In addition, the filter has a unique square-shaped canister design that holds 35-50% more water than round canister filters of similar size, allowing better water flow through a complex cleansing path that maximizes contact with the filtration media. Suitable for fresh or salt  water aquariums up to 200 L (45 US Gal). The flow rate is on the Fluval 206 external canister filter is 780 L/H (206 US GPH).


Box contents of the Fluval 206 external canister filter is:

  • 4 x Foam pads
  • 1 x 70 g carbon
  • 1 x Polishing pad
  • 1 x 120 g BIOMAX
  • 1 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

The Fluval 206 external canister filter is everything you could ever need in a filter for your aquarium and is a strong and robust product guaranteed by Fluval for 3 years giving you a good piece of mind that your fish will be in safe hands with this filter.