Even a modest-sized aquarium does not do without such equipment as a filter. According to the survey, the most popular models of filters for an aquarium are canister or external, and only 25% of aquarists choose internal filters.
In the Russian markets, the products of the Tetra, Fluval, JBL, Aquael, Jebo, Eheim, Atman and other brands enjoy the greatest popularity.
According to statistics, 40% of aquarists at home have aquariums from 100 to 300 liters – this is a logical choice, since it is easier to maintain constant parameters in such tanks. 25% of the surveyed have a capacity of 50 liters and less, 19% have between 300 and 500 liters, and 16% have tanks over 500 liters. When choosing a filter, you need to pay attention to its capacity, how much water is calculated, performance, type and, in fact, price.
We offer you a brief overview of the most popular filters for the aquarium.
These filters are produced in Poland, mainly in the line are internal filters for medium-sized aquariums. Capacities range from 300 to 1000 liters per hour.
The advantages include good mechanical cleaning, pump performance, low cost. In some models, the head can loosen up, they are more noisy, however, Aquael Fan aquarists praise, they are reliable, durable, sealed, and the price range is very attractive.
Produced in Germany, the line includes filters with a capacity from 400 to 2400 liters per hour. The smallest is designed for an aquarium up to 60 liters, the most powerful – for 500-1000 liters.
The degree of purification is three-stage (chemical, biological and mechanical), the fillers for filters are also various – bio-balls, carbon, fiber, ceramic and others. Filter maintenance is simple, users praise that the unit works almost silently, has an attractive appearance, in some models there is a module for the thermostat.
Of the drawbacks, there is a leak at the junction of the mountings, but it is easily fixable, the price is – these filters are not among the most affordable.
Aquarium filters are made in Canada, models are presented different: both for a 50-liter aquarium, and for a 1500-liter (capacity 2300 liters per hour). Basically these are canister type filters, three-section, with a multi-stage filtration system.
Smart Pump technology facilitates the process of controlling the pump, monitors its state and operation, removes air trapped in the system. Disadvantages: sometimes the electrical board fails, it cannot be replaced, dirt accumulates in the corrugated hoses.
In general, the filters are decent: they work silently, well, clean, powerful, but sometimes it is difficult to find spare parts for them.
Produced in Germany, less popular than Tetratek, and the prices are no lower. Valued for reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance, the company has been producing filters for over 50 years. Two series – Classic and Professional allow you to choose the best option for any aquarium.
Classic type units are designed for a small displacement – up to 300 liters, there are no sections in the canister – it is evenly filled with filters of different types. Professional series – for aquariums over 300 liters equipped with microprocessors that allow you to control the flow of water, filtration rate, monitor the status of water and the filter.
Among the shortcomings can be noted a rather high cost, sometimes it is difficult to find parts.
German filters, which cost about the same as the Eheim products. The design is quite traditional: the canister is divided into sections, the clips are connected to the motor unit. Models work almost silently, filter fillers are different – ceramic cylinders, balls, sponges.
Productivity – from 400 to 1500 liters per hour. User feedback is mostly positive, filters are tight, reliable, well cleaned, spare parts can also be found, however, the price of pleasure is quite high.
The products are made in China, designed for aquariums of small and medium sizes, performance – up to 1500 liters per hour. The quality of the filters varies, sometimes there is a leak, low quality plastic, difficulty when you first start. Of the advantages of products can be noted a rather low cost, relatively quiet operation, ease of care for the devices.
Construction – a canister with two or three sections with fillers, connected to the machine unit with two clips. Everything is simple and affordable.
Also popular are the filters of trademarks Sobo, Atman, Resun, Haillea, Dennerle, ADA. The choice, as they say, is yours: China, of course, is cheaper, but Poland and Germany offer better products – it all depends on preferences and budget.