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

I wanted to upgrade from my Bio Wheel filter on my 45gal tank, I bought the Magniflow 220. Within hours my water became crystal clear, impressed so far. How long should it take before I remove my bio wheel filter? and just run on the Magniflow.

Asked by: superhomer
Wait one to two weeks, depending on your fish load. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-07

I purchase a c530 canister filter and it leaking 

Asked by: Emron
Make sure your o ring is installed properly on the motorhead and is not pinched or damaged in any way. Hose nuts should be tight as should the C clamps. Please call if you need assistance. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-07

Why do the new canister filters not have the siphon/gravel cleaner attachment that used to be available with the Magnum 350? This was such a great and handy feature.

Asked by: Haole Mark
This is something that has not been available for about 12 years now. We found it was not well received. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

What are the dimensions of the c360

Asked by: Tj47
10.75"X13.38"X17.25"h BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

PLEASE HELP! I purchased a Marineland 160c canister filter and set it up. After pressing the priming button, water would go through the intake tube and then leak all over the floor instead of going through the output tube. I all followed the instructions!

Asked by: Stacey12stacey
Hi Stacey, It sounds like you do not have the large o ring installed on the motorhead. It would have come in a clear bag with an instruction card attached. Please call us at 1-800-322-1266 if you need some more help. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-01

Do you have a larger canister filter than the 360?

Asked by: Geeno
Hi Geeno, Our largest canister is the C 530, which is rated for tanks up to 150 gallons. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-24

360 Filter is ratteling after setup. Impeller cover is secure. Why else might this be?

Asked by: GBateman
It is normal for them to rattle as air purges past the ceramic rings. This will dissipate within a couple of days in most cases. Make sure you do not have an air stone near the intake tube though or this will also cause it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-23

I just purchased the 360 yesterday - I set everything up; primed the filter - all the sudden water was coming out all over the place - flooding my whole house - the water was coming from the filter - what did i do wrong or what is wrong with the filter

Asked by: annmarie
It sounds like you did not install the large o ring onto the motorhead. It comes in a clear bag with a neon card attached to it that provides instructions. If this is missing or you need assistance, please call us at 1-800-322-1266. A trained representative will be happy to help you! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-19

Can your polishing filters be used successfully to reduce scale in a 30 gallon home fountain?

Asked by: Moki
No, they remove tiny particulates in water, they cannot remove scale from the sides of anything. We recommend distilled white vinegar for that, depending on the material the fountain is made out of. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

You answered a previous tubing size question by saying the smaller models were 5/8" and the 360 was 3/4"... is that ID or OD? Thanks

Asked by: Brian M
That's ID, sorry! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

Is there such a thing as too much filtration on a tank? We have a 125 gallon tank and were told to get to 70 gallon canisters rather than the filters for 250 gallons because the sales person said that would over filter the tank.

Asked by: Stenochris
Hi Stenochris, Theoretically, it is possible, but it is not very likely that you could over-filter your tank. The only real question is whether the flow rate of the larger filter would be too much for the inhabitants of the tank or not. Typically, it is fine to go up to double the amount recommended for the size tank, so in your case, enough filtration for up to a 250 gallon tank should be fine. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

The locking lip on my c360 lid broke off and now it will not lock can I replace a lid , if so what is the price

Asked by: Maxie
No, the lid is not available separately. If the unit is within the 3 year warranty, please give us a call at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

Quick prime button is getting stuck when we press on it to start up water rotation flow. Water not cyphering through tubes to tank. Any suggestions to the issue?

Asked by: Steve O
Remove the valve block from the top of the filter, disconnect the tubing, and clean the valve block out. Using something like a q tip, clean out the four valves. There are two on top and two underneath. Soak it in a distilled vinegar solution for about 10 minutes. Clean out the tubing as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09

How long does the water polisher take to polish a 55 gallon tank 

Asked by: Lexington
That will totally depend on how dirty the tank is and why it is dirty. It can take a few minutes to a few days. In a properly stocked and maintained tank, not long. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-20

I purchased the C360 canister less than a year ago. Last week my power went out for several hours and when I returned home, the filter had dumped about 50 gallons of water on to my hard wood floors causing major damage. What caused this and how to fix it?

Asked by: Chris25
Wow! So sorry to hear this happened! Generally, that means your filter media was probably clogged, and pressure eventually built to a point, the filter began leaking. We'll contact you directly to offer some assistance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-10

Could you post video of cleaning the magniflow? I got water everywhere and not sure what I did wrong, it was my first time cleaning and replacing filters.

Asked by: Parowsey
Here is a link to a video we have on I suspect what you did wrong was to not lock the valve block prior to removing it. Unplug the filter, lift the lever on the valve block and then the "key" under the lever. This just looks like a smaller lever. Turn it 180 degrees, locking it in place, and wait about 10 seconds. This prevents water leaking or flowing out. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09

What all comes in the box? Do I need to buy any other parts to be able to hook it up or????

Asked by: Kgentry
It comes with everything you need to install it and get it operational. Media, motor, suction cups with bracket, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09

I am setting up a new tank 60 gallons. I bought the marineland that goes in the tank, but I wonder if I should get the one that goes outside the tank. Could you tell me the difference. Thank you for your time:)

Asked by: april333
I believe you are comparing the Magnum Polishing Internal Filter with the Magniflow Canister Filter. There are huge differences. The obvious one is that the Magnum P.I. is an internal filter operated by a powerhead. It has a smaller area for media, of course, as it is much smaller overall. It utilizes a filter sleeve for mechanical filtration and has a media container that allows for carbon. Flow rate is suitable for up to a 90 gallon tank. The Magniflow line has several different sized canisters with several trays for a wide variety of media. Even the 160 model has two foam pads, carbon packs, a polishing cloth and bio balls. Lots of space and surface area for bacteria. Maintenance will be less frequent. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-07

I was wondering what is the best filter for a 10 gallon Betta tank? I don't want rolling water, but I still need great filtration. Why don't they still have it where you can adjust the flow on the filter? Most filters are just too powerful!

Asked by: MSAHMAD72
Sorry, I hit submit too soon! Alternatively, the Penguin 75 works well in betta tanks as well. It moves water across the top, whereas the Whisper PF10 will push it more downward. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-04

Would I need to prime filter after cleaning

Asked by: Ocellaris
While it can be started without priming in most cases, it depends on how clean the vinyl tubing, and valve block are as well as whether the tubing retained the water in it. If you took the tubing off to clean it for example, you will definitely need to re-prime. Also, with longer tubing that drops below the motorhead (which we do not recommend) you will need to re-prime it. Always fill it with water after cleaning. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09

OK i have a 10 year old red eared slider that has in a 30 octagon all her life I have a 160 the water is cloudy and smells what order should i have the filter material bottom to top please help

Asked by: mikes993
Well, first, that tank is too small for an adult turtle. She really needs a 75 to 100 gallon aquarium if she is an adult of 7 inches or more. So she is producing a tremendous amount of waste. She definitely needs a 50% water change once a week, and I would recommend no gravel, only a few large rocks she can climb on, and sleep under, or a large piece of driftwood. As to media, foam goes on the bottom, then the carbon, then the bio balls. The carbon will help remove odor, but you may need more foam to help with overall filtration. This filter is rated for up to a 30 gallon fish tank. For a turtle tank, we would have suggested the 220 considering her species and size. Adult females reach 12" in diameter. I use the 360 in a 90 gallon tank with a 7" cooter. Do a large water change, and make sure she is eating all of the food you give. Water should be around 3/4 of the way up in the tank to give her the most room for swimming. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-03

How much power (watts) does Magniflow-160 uses?

Asked by: Gilbert_M
20 watts, 120 volts, .16 a BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

Is the tubing diameter the same for the 360 and the 220 or are they different sizes?

Asked by: Trt789
They are different - the 220 is 5/8", the 360 is 3/4". BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

Will i need to purchase any of the 3 stage filtration inside the canisters or will it come with everything ready to go.

Asked by: Joe T
It will come with absolutely everything you need to start it up. You will need to replace the carbon once a month, and the polishing cloth will depend on the amount of cleaning it needs to do for your tank, but generally, rinsing it monthly will keep it in good shape for 3-4 months. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-27

I cannot get my C220 to start up after cleaning. have had for abt 5 years. after cleaning when I first plugged in rattled a bunch, but no water flow. Took apart again, cleaned impellar now not making ANY sounds, or even vibrating. Could it be dead?

Asked by: kyear
I would take the impeller out, plug the motorhead in, and then hold the impeller up to it. If it does not magnetically pull it in, or vibrate when you do this, then yes, the motorhead is dead. If it does, then take a q tip and some vinegar, and thoroughly clean out the motorhead where the impeller goes. Also, make sure the valve block and vinyl tubing are not blocked. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

I just purchased and set up the 360 for my 60 gallon tank. The filter is making the sounds like it's working but no water is passing through either tube. I've taken unit apart, put it back together, checked tubing...Nothing seems to work.

Asked by: Kathleen
Hi Kathleen, Make sure the water in the tank is at the top of the tank. Also, your tubing should not drape any lower than the valve block on the canister. You want a 2" slack in it. If you have excess tubing, it will be very difficult to prime the filter. Please call us at 1-800-322-1266 if you continue to have trouble. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

I currently have an emperor 400, but would like to change to a c360. The c360 is rated at 360 gal/ hr the emperor 400 is rated at 400 gal/ hr. What would be the benefit of changing.

Asked by: Pagan
Depends on which you prefer. HOB filters have less risk of leaking and are easier to maintain. Canisters have a lot more media, are hidden, and have a lot of flexibility to them. However, the 400 can hold a lot of media too. The way the water flows out or dispels is also different. So the benefit is up to your preference. In most cases, canisters require maintenance less often, and really have a strong flow so they create more current. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

Do I need additional air supply to the tank when I use the Magniflow Canister 160?

Asked by: Janssens
No, you shouldn't need more air, unless you are heavily stocked or do not do water changes often enough. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

What's the difference in the magniflow 360 and the old c360? This would be my first canister filter and I'm terrified of leaks. Is it a pretty rare thing to happen? 

Asked by: Stuben
The motorhead has been re-designed, and has a new impeller. Also, the valve block and the o ring on the motorhead are designed differently. The media and filter body are basically the same. Leaks are a known risk in the hobby, in general. They can occur from any type of filter (H.O.B. filters can spring a leak near the motor sometimes) or an aquarium itself. Considering the amount of product sold yearly, and the number of hobbyists in this wonderful hobby, yes, they are pretty rare, but when they occur, they are generally a pretty frustrating and upsetting event so hobbyists are vocal about them. Some canister owners tend to place the canister in a tub of some sort in the stand under the tank, but if canisters are properly maintained, and o rings replaced on a schedule, there should be no cause for concern. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-02

We recently purchased a Magniflow 220. However, I cannot seem to find part numbers for the filter replacements, such as filter floss pad (part 6), ceramic rings and bio-filter balls (7 and 8), the carbon bags and filter foam (9 and 10).

Asked by: j2smith79935
Here is a link: All of the C Series media fits the Magniflow, we use it for both filter systems. If you click on the drop down menu, and the item that interests you in it, the item number is to the right of the box. Item numbers are also in the filter manual. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09
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