Magniflow® Canister Filters

Magniflow 160
  • Magniflow 160
  • Magniflow 220
  • Magniflow 360
Product No. ML90750
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Backed by a limited 3-year warranty, the new Magniflow™ Canister Filter makes multi-stage filtration faster, easier, and better than ever. This powerfully designed filter offers a variety of upgrades that make both freshwater and marine aquarium success quick and easy.

Top sealing gasket for a better seal
Fast maintenance
Fast, spill-free setup
Easier-to-remove top to access media baskets
No guesswork when replacing top

Easy-to-Love Upgrades. Easier-To-Use Filter.

The advanced features on this new filter give you more of what you want— a sparkling clean, healthy aquatic environment—with much less effort.

  • Canister Lid

    Press down to ensure water-tight seal and lift up for easy cover removal.
  • Stack N’ Flo Filter Trays

    Revolutionary design forces water through, not around, media layers for total mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.
  • Quick Prime Button

    Fills filter chamber with water for self-priming system startup.
  • Valve Block for

    Quick Release Immediately shuts down water flow and separates from motor housing for quick, spill-free filter maintenance.

Want To Make Multi-Stage Filtration Easier? Now There’s A Canister That Can.

Water Polishing

For increased water clarity! The polishing filter pad acts as a water polisher, removing fine debris.

Biological Filtration

The bio-filter balls and ceramic rings provide a large, multi-faceted surface area for the growth of Bio-Spira® and the beneficial ammonia-neutralizing bacteria responsible for biological filtration.

Chemical Filtration

Inside the carbon bag, Black Diamond® premium activated carbon removes odors, discoloration, and water impurities.

Mechanical Filtration

The filter foam pads captures dirt and debris.

Model Gallons Per Hour Aquarium Capacity
160 160 GHP Up To 30 Gallons
220 220 GHP Up To 55 Gallons
360 360 GHP Up To 100 Gallons

What size filter foam pads, filter floss pads and carbon filter do I need for the Magniflow 220?

Asked by: q2theheart
Visit this link: and click on the drop box. It will drop down a list of the media in all sizes, with a description next to it. If you click on it, the item number will appear on the page above and to the right of the drop down box. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-30

I bought a C360 filter 2 days ago for my new Marineland 60 gallon tank and stand. It is running beautifully but the output diffuser is creating gushes of tiny bubbles every 30 seconds making the water look cloudy. How can I stop this from happening?

Asked by: SuzanneS
This is normal for the first couple of days, while it purges air. If it does not stop within 3-4 max, make sure you have the tubing all the way on the valve block. It must cover the barbs and go under the hose nuts, before you screw the hose nuts tight. Also, if you have an air stone near the intake tube move it, and make sure the C clamp is good and tight on the intake tube. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-29

I have the Magniflow 360 filter and I am looking for the hose size or a place where I can purchase the hose. Please advise me where I can get this info and or maybe a brush that would clean the inside of the hose. It is collecting algae and other buildup

Asked by: is2cu
The hose size is 3/4". You can attach a thin cloth to a long piece of wire and then pull it through or you can unhook the hose, curl it up and soak it in a bucket of 1 part bleach, 5-10 parts water, and let it sit for an hour or so, then soak it in plain water with water conditioner. Each piece of tubing is 6 feet long initially, unless you have cut it down. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-15

The water coming out makes a lot of noise. I have the adapter that it came with on. Still noise

Asked by: GaryS
Make sure your diffuser is in the water and not above it. The water level may be too low. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-13

I purchased a used unit and I can't find a model number on the unit itself. On the sticker it says it's 35w with TS3 on it. What model do I have?

Asked by: Jakeness
That is the Magniflow 360. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-13

Running my C 360 for several weeks now. Everything seems to be running smoothly except for a slight rattling from what I assume must be the impeller—quite annoying. I've checked and cleaned impeller housing and retightened all connections over and over.

Asked by: AlexB1989
If you have an air stone or air ornament in the tank, turn it off for a while to see if the rattling stops. Same goes for if there is another filter on the tank. Otherwise, call us so we can do some troubleshooting. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-10

does the magniflow require external pomp?

Asked by: mcr777
The Magniflow comes with a motor inside the top of it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-07

Just installed this filter. It’s been blow micro-bubbles now for couple hours. Will it stop and/or is this normal? I’m replacing an older (other brand) filter for doing this for 2 years so I’m cautious. Thanks

Asked by: Corey38
I may have fixed it. Turns out their is a ring around the intake tube and outlet tube. The hose MUST get to this point, and maybe a little farther, than this ring. I installed a metal clamp vs the plastic snapper clamps. This made huge difference in air that was being blown around. Still have slight rattling noise, but instructions said that may be normal. I’ll have to monitor this now. 
Answered by: Corey38
Date published: 2017-11-02

My prime button is stuck. How do I fix? Is there another way to get the water flowing?

Asked by: ButchK
Using both hands, one covering the other one, push down as hard as you can on it. If this does not work, you do have a 3 year warranty on the filter so call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-30

Why dose my container filter Blow Bubbles from the outtake into my tank

Asked by: PhilPeoples
There are a lot of possible reasons. If it is new, it is purging air which takes a few days. If it is older, it may need new o rings. If you have an air stone or another filter near the intake tube, it is pulling air in because of that. Please call 1-800-322-1266 if you need more help. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-25

can I get replacement Lift Buckles for Magniflow C-530?

Asked by: Don Holt
No, we do not have those as a replacement part. If you are within the 3 year warranty for the filter, call 1-800-322-1266 for assistance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-20

I have a bag with two small o-rings in it. There is no mention of them in the setup guide. Where do they attach?

Asked by: Samy
They are spare o rings for the underside of the valve block. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-27

I have c220, I can hear it running but not pumping water. What’s wrong with it? Pls help

Asked by: Dj love oscars
The impeller may be clogged, the valve block could be clogged, water level could be low in the tank, the tubing could be hanging below the motorhead - there are a lot of possible causes of this issue. Take the valve block off and clean out the ports, also take out the impeller, clean it, and up inside the area it sits in. Call us for more help if you cannot get it going - 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-04

I purchased the penguin canister filter for a 29 gallon turtle tank.  the tank is on the floor.  Can i put the filter on the floor next to the tank?  Or does it have to go under the tank?

Asked by: turtle tank
That is not a Penguin filter, it is a Magniflow. Penguins are H.O.B. filters, not canisters. In order for a canister to work, the tank needs to be above it by at least 18". You will also have to have the water near the top of the tank to prime it but can then drain water back out after priming. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-04

I have a C-530 system and one of the handles (non-locking) is broken. The plastic pins snapped off when I lifted it up to open. I checked your website for parts and could not find it on your website. Filter still works fine but can I buy a replacement?

Asked by: SBerris
Handles are not available separately unfortunately. This one is not critical so it shouldn't be an issue, but if you are within the three year warranty, please call 1-800-322-1266 to arrange for a replacement filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-25

I got Marineland 220 filter for my red slider 55gal. I was told I can put the tubes anywhere in the tank. Is this true? I can't get it to work it hums but no water flow.

Asked by: Witchnfamous89
Ideally, they should be beside each other. However, you can place one at different ends of the tank. For the priming issue, make sure your water level is high enough. I used the 360 for my turtle, but I fill the tank up to the top, prime the filter, then drain water back out. Water must be at least half way to three quarters of the way up the intake tube to prime. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-22

I purchased a c 360 filter about 6 months ago and now when I disconnected the inlet and discharge tubes to clean it, it's not stopping the water flow. And it's leaking water all over the floor what's the problem

Asked by: Highwayworker6
First, you don't disconnect the tubes, you lock the valve block off, and remove it from the motorhead. That keeps the tubing from leaking. In any case, it sounds like you need a new o ring for the motorhead too. Every time you maintain the filter, it is advised to put a thin smear of silicone lubricant on this o ring to prevent it from drying out and shrinking. It may look fine to the naked eye, but could have shrunk. Maintenance should be every month to two months. It may have dry rotted too, as we have not manufactured the C Series in about two years, so if you have had it only 6 months, it sat on a shelf somewhere for a bit. Since you have not had the filter very long, we would be happy to help you out. Please call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-20

Why is my filter blowing out air all connections seem solid

Asked by: Jmttt
If it is new, this is normal as it purges air from the system for the first few days. If it is not new, you may need a new o ring for the motorhead or o rings for the valve block. Also, the c clamp may not be tight enough on the intake tube or the vinyl tubing may not be far enough down on the valve block. Please call us if you need additional assistance. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-19

I know people can use the internal Marineland filter with diatomaceous earth. 1. Could your canister filter be used in the same way? 2. To how many microns does your polishing filter go down to? ,1 or .5 etc.

Asked by: klps
Yes, you can add diatomaceous earth to the system by pouring it into a container, and setting the intake and outlet tubes in the container. The polishing pads are made from a material that does not have a micron rating corresponding to ppi. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-13

I just bought a c530. Does it need to be full of water before starting or is it self prime?

Asked by: Craigger1168
It can be started either way, but is infinitely easier to prime when filled with water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-12

I have had the Magnum 350 for years and was considering replacing with the 360. My question is with aeration. I currently have a 2 section tank with bio wheels at the top of each. Do you recommend an air pump in addition? I have not used on in the past bu

Asked by: mwfink
Not really, as the Magniflow outlet has a pretty powerful flow and breaks the surface of the water really well. It would depend on type and quantity of fish. If you are heavily stocked or don't do water changes as required by the hobby, we would recommend an air pump or power head. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-12

how much does it cost?

Asked by: moonchild
Hi moonchild! The cost will depend on the store you purchase it from. We cannot provide pricing information for all retailers.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-09-08

Need to order polishing filter pads where to order

Asked by: Reynolds
These are sold through independent pet stores, Petsmart,, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-29

Could I use this canister filter as a salt water reactor? Is it possible to run for example, carbon, GFO, and mechanical filtration?

Asked by: dacyums
You can customize your media anyway you like, as long as you do not over fill it and cause the trays to not connect correctly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-22

Hello.  I have a magniflow 220 filter. I noticed the o-rings come pre lubed.  Do I have to apply lube eveytime I take apart the filter for cleaning?   How often do I need to apply lube?  What type of lube do I need?   Thanks. 

Asked by: Darthyeoj
Yes, we recommend applying a thin smear of food grade silicone lubricant after each maintenance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-21

Good day, I am new on this hobby, I will like to know, this flirter goes under the aquarium, doe the filter have 2 pumps? one to suck the water and one to send the water back to the aquarium? is that correct? please explain

Asked by: RonaldC
No, it has one pump, sits under the tank, and has an inlet tube and an outlet tube. The water is pulled into the filter, forced through the media and sent back to the tank with the one motor. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-18

This is my first canister filter and I'm really confused. These directions are garbage and there's not one useful video on YouTube. Is there an official link of how to set it up , not just bad pictures? 

Asked by: Amjack
We currently do not have a video on the Magniflow filter, but are in the process of creating a lot of new videos for the re-design of our site. Here is one that I found that seems pretty useful. Did you not get the quick set up guide? Those are pretty clear on how to install the canister. We'd be happy to talk you through it as well so please call us at 1-800-322-1266. And if you did not get the QSUG, let us know, and we'll email it to you. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-21

I have the Magniflow 220 canister filter, and I love it. What pre-filter on the intake do you suggest I can use?

Asked by: Scootk
Glad to hear your love your Magniflow filter Scootk! You could perhaps attach a round foam sponge. We are unable to recommend competitor's products though, and we don't recommend pre-filters since they will restrict the filter and diminish its filtering capabilities. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-11

Purchased new through Amazon. Installed yesterday- water pumped out of tank into filter but did not recycle back into tank- instead unit leaked and flooded the room-am pretty sure I've done something wrong to install- can you help?

Asked by: rob l
I'm sorry to hear that happened, rob! Most likely the primary o-ring was not installed. It is a large, grey, rubber o-ring that wraps the entire motor head to seal the water within the canister.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-11-07

I was wondering if you could tell me what the material is for the bio-balls media. I can tell they're some sort of plastic, but are they a hard nylon or something else?

Asked by: sfletch93
A form of polypropylene. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-25
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