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How to Choose an Aquarium Filter

How to Choose an Aquarium Filter
Keeping fish is a popular hobby as aquariums are both relaxing and attractive.  However, the one piece of equipment that absolutely every aquarium must have is a filter.  Here are our tips to make sure that you are getting the right one.  Read on for more.

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What is an Aquarium Filter?


An aquarium filter is the device that is responsible for removing wastes, debris and impurities from the water inside your aquarium.  It essentially keeps your water clean.  Filters work in a couple of ways – by removing the wastes physically (filtering them out like a sieve), chemically (where the wastes are filtered out using something like activated charcoal), or biologically (bacteria break down the wastes).

Types of Aquarium Filters


When it comes to choosing aquarium filters, there are several different types that you can actually choose from.  Some of the most common are under gravel filters, canister filters, hang-on tank power filters, and sponge filters.  These filters can work using a single method (biological, chemical or physical filtration), or they can combine these methods for more effective filtering.

Think About How Much Maintenance the Aquarium Filter Requires


Just like any other part of your aquarium, your filter requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it operating well.  Cleaning and maintaining the filter is vital as the filter is responsible for keeping the entire aquarium clean.  Some filters are easier to care for than others and this should be a factor in your decision.  Think about how easily the filter can be removed from the aquarium, how easy it is to clean the filter itself (do you have to replace filter media, or pull the filter apart to clean it), and so on.

Make Sure Your Filter is the Right Size


One thing that many people overlook when choosing an aquarium filter is to ensure that it is actually the right size.  This is important as a filter that is too small will be working very hard and won’t be able to keep the aquarium clean effectively.  When choosing a filter, you need to know what size aquarium you have, how much food your fish require, and perhaps most importantly of all, how messy your fish are.  By mess, we mean, how much waste they excrete.  Messier fish will require a more powerful filter in order to remove the wastes from the water so that you don’t have to do partial water changes all the time.

Topic: Aquariums, How To

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