Penn Plax Cascade 1000 Canister Filter Review

Filter Type
Canister filter
Water Flow
265 gallons/hour
For Aquarium up to
100 Gallons
Model Number

Penn Plax cascade 1000 canister filter is one among the best canister filter available in the market, which provides mechanical, biological and chemical filtration.  The water flow of the Penn Plax cascade 1000 is 265 gallons per hour which makes this perfect for aquarium up to 100 gallons.

cascade 1000 canister filter is one among the best aquarium filter product of Penn Plax, which is a top pet supply manufacturer and seller.

This filter is suitable for both saltwater and freshwater fish tanks. It has three baskets for three-stage filtration. We can fill filter media of our choice in these baskets. 

Cascade 1000 canister filter is an external canister filter, where water is pumped to the bottom of the filter from top and filtration happens from the bottom layer to top layer. 

It is better to keep mechanical filter media like a sponge in the lower basket which helps in mechanical filtration by filtering out tiny particles. We can fill the second basket with biofilter media like bio rings, ceramic rings etc.

Bacteria forms in bio rings help in biological filtration. Use chemical filter media like activated carbon which helps to remove chemical contaminants from water which makes water clear and eliminates odour. We can achieve three types of filtration by adding filter media like this.

Cascade 1000 canister filter variants

Model Gallons per Hour For Aquariums up to # Media baskets
Cascade 500 115 gph 30 Gallons 2
Cascade 700 185 gph 65 Gallons 2
Cascade 1000 265 gph 100 Gallons 3
Cascade 1200 315 gph 150 Gallons 4
Cascade 1500 350 gph 200 Gallons 5

Cascade 1000 Canister Filter Pros and Cons

  • We can rotate filter valves 360 degree which helps in easy connection.
  • Large capacity media basket's.
  • Easy push button primer.
  • Filter package includes Spray Bar, Tubing, Directional Spout for full customisation and Filter Medium.
  • Flow rate cut-off valves for adjusting water flow
  • Separating filter for maintenance and putting back together should be done carefully to avoid water leakage.


Penn Plax cascade 1000 canister filter is the best aquarium filter for fish tanks up to 100 gallons. Its filtration rate of 265 gallons per hour makes your fish tank always clean and keep your fish healthy. Different variants of this filter are available which suits for 30, 65, 100, 150, 200 gallons fish tanks. 

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