Fish tank filter types

Filters are used to process waste and impurities so that the water quality remains pristine, keeping your tank inhabitants healthy. Numerous types of filters are available for different applications:

  1. Internal filters sit inside the tank. A basket/housing holds the filter media and a pump circulates the water through the media
  2. Power filters are easy to use hang on filters that sit on the rim of your tank. Water is suck into the filter, pumped through the filter media and overflowing back into the tank
  3. Canister filters and inline filters have much larger capacity than internal and power filters. Water is siphon from the tank down to the canister filter. Once the water travels though the filter media, it is then pump back up to the tank
  4. Wet/dry filters mix air and water as water trickles over an exposed filter media. Biological filtration and gas exchange occur as the water flows in a thin layer over the media surface. The rapid oxidation of ammonia and nitrite makes these filters extremely efficient
  5. If you have only one 55-gallon tank, use a Power Filter. It is easy to handle. You need not after sale service. Parts are available in any aquarium shop
  6. The filter media only consists of cotton wool and different sizes of gravel. This will preserve the useful minerals and trace elements which required by the fish

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