Inline Heater

The inline heater is another option that you can use to heat your tropical fish tank. This type of aquarium heater is actually installed on the outside of your aquarium. Inline heaters are used on tropical fish tanks that use canister filters or sumps. The inline heater installs in the [...] Read more »

Submersible Heater

The most common heater type in the hobby today is the submersible heater. When shopping for an aquarium heater, you will see that there are many different manufactures and many different price ranges. You will see many people state that their type is the best aquarium heater on the market. [...] Read more »

Aquarium Sponge Filter

An Aquarium Sponge filter is a very simple filter consisting of a plastic tube, base, and a sponge. A airline tube and air stone is lowered into the tube to the bottom of the base. Air is pushed out through the top of the tube causing suction through the sponge. [...] Read more »

Chemical Filter Media

Activated Carbon The most common chemical filter media used is activated carbon or charcoal. Activated carbon absorbs many pollutants that are in the water column. Depending on the filter you use, carbon can be included in filter cartridges, or carbon media bags. Activated carbon is relatively cheap, and can easily [...] Read more »

Mechanical Filtration

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Mechanical filtration is simply using filter media to remove waste debris from the water. Water is drawn up into the filter through the filter intake tube and is pushed through media such as filter floss, sponges, and filter cartridges. Debris such as fish poop or left over fish food will [...] Read more »

Chemical Filtration

Chemical filtration is somewhat different when compared to mechanical filtration. Unlike mechanical filtration, we cannot see some pollutants in our fish tanks. A chemical filter involves more of a molecular filtration process where a certain media absorbs the pollutants rather than just catching or trapping it. There are certain times in [...] Read more »

Wet-Dry Filter

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Wet-Dry filters are a little different than the other filters on the market. The Wet dry filter is used more for biological filtration to help increase the beneficial bacteria colony in your system. Wet/dry filters trickle water over your filter media that is suspended out of the water in the [...] Read more »

Aquarium Canister Filter

An aquarium canister filter is a great filter for freshwater tropical fish tanks. Generally speaking, canister filters are used on larger fish tanks or on tanks that house large or messy tropical fish. A canister filter sits behind, beside, or underneath your tropical fish aquarium. The filter is rectangular in [...] Read more »

Biological Filtration

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The biological filtration process is difficult to understand for some. Good bacteria called nitrifying bacteria converts ammonia into nitrates and then the nitrites are converted into nitrates. This good bacteria is found naturally in our environment. Good beneficial bacteria needs three things to grow in your home aquarium. A place [...] Read more »

Emperor 280 Power Filter

Here you will find all the information you need on the Marineland Emperor 280 Power Filter. Purchasing the correct filter for your aquarium plays a huge part in your success in this hobby. Aquarium filters are an absolute must in order to keep your water quality clean. Aquarium power filters [...] Read more »