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Where Should a Filter be Placed in a Fish Tank?

  It depends on what type of filter do you have and what size is your tank? Typically a power hang-on-the-back filter will go on the back of the tank and you hang it on the back with the intake tube submerged in the fish tank. You’ll want to place it as close to the heater as possible to get …

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Aquarium Filter Media: It’s Not As Difficult As You Think

  I often get the question what is media for in fish tank filtration? In a typical filtration system, there are three different types of filters; mechanical for filtering out particles, chemical for filtering out chemicals and biological for absorbing the ammonia and nitrites caused by fish and other waste. There are different media or filters for each stage in …

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How to Fix a Noisy Fish Tank Filter

  You have a loud fish tank filter that’s driving you nuts! What if you could take that loud filter and make it quiet as an electric car? Firstly though, if you have a newer filter, it may be a bit noisy at first but give it some time to build up enough material inside the filter to quiet it …

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HOB Power Filter Showdown: Marineland vs Aquaclear vs Fluval

  Today I’m going to compare three very popular brands of Hang-on-the-Back (HOB) Power filters for your fish tank. We’ll look at reliability, performance, ease of use, quietness, and other features for each brand. MARINELAND PENGUIN SERIES Penguin 100: 100 GPH, Up to 20 Gallon Tank, $14 Penguin 150: 150 GPH, Up to 30 Gallon Tank, $18 Penguin 200: 200 …

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Fish Tank Filters: Power vs Canister – Which is BEST?

  In the world of fishkeeping there are really only two main types of fish tank filtration that people use: power or ‘hang on the back’ filters and canister filters. Sure some advanced aquarists and reefers use sumps and protein skimmers, and there are the old ‘under-the-gravel’ filters and sponge filters, but the vast majority either use a power filter …

What is the Purpose of a Fish Tank Filter?

  Fish tank filters are used in aquariums to filter out the harmful chemicals that form in the fish tank water. There are three main types of filtration. Biological filters, that filter out the harmful ammonia and nitrates from fish waste. Chemical filters that filter out harmful chemicals like chlorine and metals, and Mechanical filters that filter out solid particles, …