For the canister enthusiasts among you, OASE North America has released a new, larger external canister filter as part of their BioMaster line. I did a review of the BioMaster Thermo 350 back in January of this year. At that time, the largest filter in the BioMaster line was the 600, rated for aquariums up to 160 gallons. OASE recently released the 850, suitable for 250 gallons.
Back in October, I posted about having the opportunity to review the new OASE BioMaster Thermo 350 external canister filter. I finally got around to getting that completed.
Let me start by thanking OASE Living Water for donating this canister! What follows is my honest and unbiased review of the filter components and setting it up. If I didn’t like something, I’ll say so. Likewise, if I liked something, I’ll say so.
This is not a review of the canister following extensive usage. In fact, I only ran it about 25 minutes total. If you want a review of this canister after it’s been in use, on a populated tank for an extended period, check out Zenzo’s review at Tazawa Tanks.
Unboxing and Instructions
All components were neatly boxed. Opening the filter box and removing the top cardboard support insert revealed the canister body and a separate box of canister parts (Figure 1). This separate box contains all of the printed material and attachable filter components not already attached to the canister, which consists of the following (see Figure 2):
Last month, I posted about the OASE company. I mentioned in that post that I would be receiving a BioMaster Thermo canister filter for review. It arrived!
As you can see in the photo above, OASE sent me the 350. The 350 is one of three in their external canister line. Designed for 90g tanks, the 350 is the middle size of the three. The 250 is the smallest and designed for 70g tanks. The 600 is the largest of the three and makes a big jump from the 350, specifically designed for 160g tanks.
If you’re a pond person, then you’ve probably heard of OASE. They’re noted for their pond and water feature pumps, which drive many of the hotel water gardens and fountains around the world. In fact, founded in 1949, the German company claims to be the world market leader in water gardening products. For the past several years, the company has been busy expanding via the acquisition of several competitors, including the Italian pump company Eden as well as Atlantic Water Gardens.