Is there any reason why everyone always recommends keeping a canister filter within a bucket or tote? reading the manual or online says that it's not required or even recommended but I keep seeing on groups that they recommend it.
They have them in a bucket in case they leak, which is only helpful for a short period. I’d always advise watching the canister filter for a few minutes after you put it together (the first time, or when you clean it). Always use grease or something to lube up the o-ring seal otherwise if it cracks, then that will be your source of a steady stream of water leaking out.