Filters for aquarium from Aquael from the FAN series is a good choice for a beginner. They just exploit. They are easily mounted and consume a minimum of electricity, and maintenance does not require special skills. All models are quite simply fixed, they reliably filter water in freshwater aquariums from three to 250 liters. For large volumes, you should purchase a filter from another series.
Aquan’s FAN Fish Tank Filters are easy to use even for beginners.
The series includes five models of Aquael filter aquarium. They differ in terms of power, performance and serviced volume:
The latest model from the list has the highest characteristics. More detailed indicators of each filter for Aquael aquarium in the table:
In order for the Aquael internal Fish Tank Filter to work most efficiently, it is necessary to install it three to four centimeters below the water level. This situation will also ensure the full saturation of the liquid with oxygen. Placing the filter below is not practical., however, when properly installed, do not forget about the evaporation of water. Installing the device, you need to understand that the liquid evaporates all the time, and the fullness of the aquarium decreases. Letting the filter be in the air is not worth it – it is not safe for fish. However, the lower the device is located, the less efficient aeration occurs.
The filter is attached directly to the inner wall of the aquarium; for this purpose, several suction cups are placed on it. For additional fixation, the set includes a holder in the shape of a letter K. It can be used both separately and together with suction cups. The aeration tube should always be above the water level. The plastic holder is convenient because it has a hole for mounting.
Some fish can not normally exist without conditions that are very close to natural. One of the important factors is the presence of flow. Its strength can be adjusted with a special handle, which is shallow under water. The enrichment of water with air also depends on the intensity. The smaller the flow force, the weaker the aeration.
Depending on the specific needs of the filter design can be changed. The basic kit includes the following elements:
- glass filter;
- suction nozzle;
- power flow control;
To make aeration more efficient, a special nozzle should be mounted on one side, and the regulator on the opposite side. Turning clockwise and counterclockwise changes the amount of intake air. Instead of a hose, you can use a compressor. Then the device will operate completely silently.
Fix suckers easy. They need to be inserted into the holder and scroll.
The design of the perforated rod is special in that the water coming from the aquarium is not concentrated in the upper part, but is distributed along the entire length. Although the internal filter of the MIKRO modification works with the smallest aquariums in volume, it functions normally at a depth of three centimeters. Because of this, it is well suited for terrarium pools, palladiums and aquaterrariums. In such forms, they purify water well, although other filters could not withstand such conditions.
The filter is fixed with suction cups.
Any Aquael internal filter must be serviced promptly. To make the device work well, you need to regularly clean the rotor and its camera, as well as the sponge. This is the only way to achieve perfectly clear water in the aquarium.
If you forget about cleaning for a long time, then the flow through the filter weakens, as dirt prevents the movement. However, just taking care of the mechanism, you just need to follow a few simple rules.
Clean the filter with a power cut. After the plug is pulled out of the socket with dry hands, the filter can be removed from the holder on the suction cups and removed from the water. Disconnect the glass from the filter head, this is done by gently squeezing the sides. The disconnected part is washed in clean water. In the FAN 2 and 3 models, the glass is complicated with an attached plastic prefilter. He, too, must be cleaned of dirt.
The sponge must be removed from the perforated rod and washed in water drained from the aquarium. The frequency of the procedure depends on the population density of the vessel. Sponges are made of large-pore foam, which well delays the waste of fish. It performs the function of both a mechanical and a biological filter — on a porous surface there are ideal conditions for the life of nitrifying bacteria, which actively reproduce due to this.
Beneficial microorganisms oxidize ammonia and nitrite, but they vividly react to certain chemicals. Tap water kills bacteria. Because of this, biological filtration stops working. This can be avoided by using water drained from the aquarium.
If you turn off the filter for a long time, it can lead to the death of beneficial bacteria
Good bacteria can die for another reason. For example, a long pause in the operation of the filter will most likely lead to its partial or complete sterilization. For the life of microorganisms requires a large amount of oxygen. If you turn off the device for more than four hours, then all bacteria will certainly die. After that, it is necessary to repeat the cleaning and launch, because the mechanism is contaminated with single-cell corpses.
Sponges also suffer from physical wear, and they almost do not change externally. Because of this, do not forget to regularly replace the filter material. If you do this in a timely manner, the water in the aquarium will always be clean and enriched with oxygen, which is very useful for fish.
Approximate schedule of care for the device
The devices are equipped with a sealed synchronous motor, which does not require complicated maintenance. About two times a month you need to disassemble the rotor chamber and remove it, and then clean the part together with the empty cavity. Reassemble in the reverse order. When properly installed, the rotor rotates freely.
Large-pore sponges from the manufacturer are not deformed and do not lose their appearance even after a year of continuous operation. However, the filtering efficiency at this point greatly decreases. To keep the aquarium clean, you need to change the filter fiber twice a year.
To maintain quality filtering, you need to regularly change the filter fiber.
Rubber loses its elasticity under the influence of water, and the suction cups no longer fit snugly to the glass. The deeper the aquarium, the more troublesome will lead dismissive attitude to the replacement of this element. New suckers put as wear, usually annually. To cushion more powerful models, special rubber mounts are available to reduce vibration.
The effect of a waterfall and the murmur of water can be arranged with a flute. A sprinkler also enhances oxygen enrichment. Flutes for all models of filters help purified water to be distributed evenly.
The Mini UV mini-sterilizer exposes water to short-wave ultraviolet radiation, resulting in the death of pathogenic bacteria and tiny algae. No need to keep the device on all the time. The sterilization procedure is carried out only a few hours on one day of the week. If necessary, you can do it more often. For example, if the fish began to hurt or there was a slight turbidity caused by the vital activity of bacteria. The sterilizer is installed on the output nozzle of the filter. Inside the device there are four ultraviolet LEDs. Given the lack of need for additional maintenance and the availability of an autonomous power supply, this is an ideal choice for the Micro, Mini and 1 models.
For larger filters – models 2 and 3 – the Multi UV sterilizer is more suitable. The size and design is much simpler. A three watt light bulb is inserted into one of the modules supplied, the choice depends on the filter model used. The resulting compound is placed between the filter head and a glass with a sponge. Additionally, care for the sterilizer is not required. The light bulb will have to be changed only after the expiration of the service life (5 thousand hours).
The merits of Aquael
The effectiveness of Aquael products is proven by the experience of many aquarists. Transparent water improves the aesthetic component of the appearance of the vessel in the room, and also ensures that the fish feel good, prolongs their life.
The manufacturer responsibly refers to the business. High-quality high-tech devices manufactured by the company, serve longer than their competitors. The warranty period for the FAN series is three years.
Aqual filters are easy to use, they are well suited for beginners. Devices are easy to install and clean.
Among the series there are no products with a degree of protection below IP68. This marking means that the mechanism is completely protected from the ingress of water. This ensures complete safety with the smooth operation and full immersion of the hull in water.
Despite the reliability of the devices, they can still fail. Often this is due to gross violations of the rules of operation. For example, if the electric wire is damaged somewhere, or the motor winding has burned, then when the plug is turned on in an electrical outlet, the mechanism will not work. Due to the high requirements for waterproofing, it is pointless to repair it – you just need to purchase a new filter.
Inactivity of the device when you turn on the network or work with interruptions do not always talk about problems with the wiring. The cause may be an excessive amount of dirt in the rotor chamber, including lime deposits. It is easy to fix, it is necessary to disassemble and wash the rotor. If there are limestone deposits in the chamber, then special means are used to remove them. The success of cleaning depends on whether the rotor mounted in place rotates freely on the axis.
Most faults occur due to improper use of the instrument.
Water pressure can be weak for two reasons:
- Flow power not configured.
- Excessive clogging of the device.
In the first case, it is necessary to change the position of the power regulator located above. If it is rotated correctly, you will have to disassemble and clean the mechanism.
With proper operation of the filter may be difficulties with aeration. In most cases, the problem is solved with the help of this list of faults and ways to correct them:
- The minimum position of the power control is to simply change it.
- Switch the air flow at a minimum – change the position to the desired.
- Contamination of the aeration hose or nozzle – cleaned with a regular needle or strong water pressure.
- Filter installation too deep – the device must be placed higher so that there is at least three centimeters to the water surface.
- Blocking a sponge or other parts – complete cleaning and replacement of filter elements.
It is important to remember to install the plug on the air flow regulator, otherwise the filter will squelch loudly. To the aeration nozzle did not make unnecessary sounds, you can install a less powerful air flow.