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 remove solid waste as well as breaking down the dissolved pollutants in your aquarium through Biological Filtration.

Marineland Emperor 280 Power Filter Benefits

The Marineland Emperor 280 filter is what I like to call a high quality, hard working, aquarium power filter. Marineland products represent quality and trust in the freshwater tropical fish keeping hobby.

What do you get when you purchase the Emperor 280 Bio Wheel filter?

The Marineland Emperor 280 Bio Wheel filter gives you the ease of mind that your aquarium water is being cleaned at the rate of 280 GPH (gallons per hour). Solid waste is drawn up through the adjustable intake tube. You have the option of a long or short intake tube or you can cut it to a custom length very easily.

The Bio-Wheel 280 Filter provides multi-stage filtration of your aquarium water. There are multiple filter media options available to use in this unit. More on filter media below. The Bio-Wheel technology used in this aquarium filter is what sets this unit aside from the others in the industry.

Bio Wheel Filtration

The key benefit of using the Emperor 280 Aquarium Filter is the Bio-Wheel that is used to increase your biological filtration. The bio wheel serves as a host for the beneficial bacteria to reproduce and help break down harmful pollutants in your fish tank water.

Marineland Emperor 280 Power Filter Features

  • For Aquariums 25-50 Gallons
  • Filters 280 GPH
  • Bio-Wheel Filtration (Bio-Wheel Included)
  • HOB (Hang Off the Back) Design
  • 2 Media Slots for Custom Filtration (1 Rite-Size “E” Cartridge Included)
  • Dual Water Intakes
  • Hinged Flip Top for easy Maintenance
  • Molded plastic Design
  • Wire Cleaning Brush Included

Measures – 10″ W x 6 1/2″ D x 10 1/2″ H

Marineland Emperor 280 Filter Media

A great benefit of using this aquarium filter on your tank is that you have several options available for customizing the filter media to meet your needs.

When you purchase an Marineland Emperor Bio-Wheel Filter, you will receive one free Marineland Emperor Rite-Size CartridgeMarineland Rite Size E Filter Cartridges. This filter has a total of 2 cartridge slots available which allows for the use of different types of filter media.

Many freshwater tropical fish keepers choose to use a specific filter media type for specific needs with their tank. The media baskets allow for easy changing of filter media whenever you choose.

First, purchase the Marineland Emperor Media Container to hold your choice of filter media.

Next, you need to fill your baskets with one of the many biological, chemical, or mechanical aquarium filter media types. Below are the types of filter media I suggest that you use. Each has it’s purpose with some only needed for special occasions. Please read the description for each to determine what is needed for your aquarium tank.

To help remove the solid waste from the water column I suggest using Aquarium Filter Floss. Filter floss can be cut to custom sizes and layered in the media baskets. If you keep a regular filter maintenance schedule, you should be able to rinse the used filter floss and reuse several times before replacing. This is a very economical way to effectively filter your freshwater aquarium tank.

Next, if you would like to boost up biological filtration I would purchase a few 8″ x 6″ Filter Media Bags and fill them with your favorite choice of biological filter media. Be sure to select biological media that is under 1-inch in diameter because your media basket is 1-inch thick.

Suggested Biological Filter Media

The last option you have in your filter media customization is adding some form of chemical filter media if you need it. The most economical way to implement chemical media is to use the filter bags suggested above and purchase your desired media.

Popular chemical filter media:


Marineland Black Diamond Premium Activated Carbon
Ammo-Chips-Ammonia Removing Resin
Kent Phosphate Sponge

Remember you can NEVER over filter your tropical fish tank.

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