Aquarium Filters

Aquarium Filters

Aquarium Filters. Which is right for me?

Aquarium filters are an important element to consider if you are to be successful in keeping healthy and happy fish. Although your water may look crystal clear, there are many invisible nasties that can creep up and decimate your tank. 

These days there are plenty of filtration options each with their own benefits. This guide will help you find a filter that is right for your aquarium. 

Sponge filter

The aquarium industry widely use sponge filters as a cheap and effective filtration method.

An air pump powers a sponge filter.
It works by pumping air into the center of the sponge to pull water through the filter media.
Particles and debris are mechanically filtered when water flow through the sponge.
Also, beneficial bacteria will live in a sponge filter and provide biological filtration. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great for housing bacteria
  • Adds extra oxygen to the tank
  • Provides surface area for fish to graze on 
  • Many different sizes and coarseness 
  • Provides gentle flow
  • Breaks water tension
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Requires an air pump
  • The filter is usually visible in the tank
  • Susceptible to clogging especially with finer sponges
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Needs to be replaced after about 6-12 months
  • Some noise is created by the air bubbles

Aquananos Corner Deluxe Air Drive Filter Small 12L

$12.00

Highly effective air driven Mechanical & Biological Filter for small aquariums

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Pisces Nano Sponge Filter SF30

$16.00

Specifically developed for small fish such as guppy, neon, shrimp and fry.

SKU: 9337280010346 Category:
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Pisces Nano Sponge Filter SF15

$11.00

Specifically developed for small fish such as guppy, neon, shrimp and fry.

SKU: 9337280010339 Category:
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Serenity Bio-Filter Nano

$5.00

Adds oxygen as is it filters! Cultivates good bacteria culture.

Suits tanks up to 40 litres.

SKU: 9343740002004 Category:
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Serenity Bio-Filter Large

$9.00

Adds oxygen as is it filters!

Suits tanks up to 200 litres.

SKU: 9343740002066 Category:
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Serenity Bio-Filter Medium

$8.00

Adds oxygen as is it filters!

Suits tanks up to 150 litres.

SKU: 9343740002059 Category:
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Serenity Bio-Filter Small

$7.00

Adds oxygen as is it filters!

Suits tanks up to 100 litres.

SKU: 9343740002042 Category:
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Ocean Free Bio-Filter Supersize

$17.00

Very large bio filter suitable for tanks up to 680 litres.

SKU: 8887677060207 Category:
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Sponge Filter

Providing much need oxygenation and filtration for our white cloud minnow tank in store!

Hang on back filter

Hang on back filters (‘HOBs”) are very popular with new aquarium hobbyists. They are easy to set up, provide good filtration and give easy access to clean or replace filter media

Exactly as the name suggest, a hang on back filter hangs on the back of your fish tank. A water pump pulls water through filter media within its compartment before gently cascading it back into the tank. It provides customisable mechanical and biological filtration.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Little to no noise
  • Easily accessible filter media 
  • Does not take up space in the aquarium
  • Reasonably priced
  • Provides flow to the tank

Cons

  • May suck up small fish if not covered
  • Requires space behind the aquarium
  • Regular maintenance required 
  • Flow reduces as filter cartridges get dirty
  • Filter cartridges require frequent replacement 

Marina Hang-On Power Filter Slim S20

$40.00

Hangs on the outside of your fish tank. Aesthetically pleasing compact design and ultra quiet operation!

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Marina Hang-On Power Filter Slim S15

$35.00

Hangs on the outside of your fish tank. Aesthetically pleasing compact design and ultra quiet operation!

SKU: 015561102865 Category:
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Internal Filter

Internal Filters come in many shapes and sizes. They are used by hobbyists as a quiet and powerful form of compact filtration.

An internal filter neatly operates under water whilst attached to the inside of the tank.

It works by pumping water through filter media within the filter and back into the tank. These pumps are usually high powered and provide a lot of circulation to the tank.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Quiet
  • Provide lot of water flow
  • Affordable 
  • Some makes and models allow for interchangeable filter media
  • May provide oxygen to the tank

Cons

  • Must be removed from the tank for cleaning
  • Limited space for filter media
  • Require frequent maintenance 
  • Not as efficient with larger or messier fish
  • Some consider them to be ugly
  • Current can be to powerful sometimes – This is a case by case situation

Marina Hang-On Power Filter S10

$27.00

Unique compact and slim design provides both practical and aesthetic benefits

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Bioscape Velocity Internal Filter 400lph

$26.50

Bioscape Velocity Internal Filter 400lph

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Aqua One Maxi 104F Internal Filter 1480LH

$65.00

Suitable for aquariums up to 180 litres

SKU: 9325136037142 Category:
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Aqua One Maxi 103F Internal Filter 960LH

$50.00

Suitable for aquariums up to 100 litres

SKU: 9325136037135 Category:
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Aqua One Maxi 102F Internal Filter 450LH

$35.50

Suitable for aquariums up to 75 litres

SKU: 9325136037128 Category:
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Aqua One Maxi 101F Internal Filter 350LH

$26.00

Suitable for aquariums up to 55 litres

SKU: 9325136037111 Category:
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Aqua One Mini 302F Internal Filter 450LH

$25.00

Suitable for aquariums up to 25 litres

SKU: 9325136089356 Category:
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Aqua One Mini 301F Internal Filter 250LH

$22.00

suitable for aquariums up to 15 litres

SKU: 9325136089349 Category:
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Aqua One Mini 300F Internal Filter 150LH

$19.00

Suitable for aquariums up to 10 litres

SKU: 9325136089332 Category:
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Pisces Internal Hang-On Filter FC-604 (380L/hr, 75L)

$30.00

380L/hr flow rate
Suitable for tanks up to 75L

SKU: 9337280017123 Category:
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Pisces Internal Hang-On FIlter FC-700 (180L/H – 30L)

$18.00

180L/hr flow rate
Suitable for tanks up to 35L

SKU: 9337280017109 Category:
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Pisces Internal Hang-On Filter FC-603 (180L/H, 35L)

$24.00

280L/hr flow rate
Suitable for tanks up to 55

SKU: 9337280017116 Category:
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Marina Hang-On Power Filter Slim S15

$35.00

Hangs on the outside of your fish tank. Aesthetically pleasing compact design and ultra quiet operation!

SKU: 015561102865 Category:
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Marina Hang-On Power Filter Slim S20

$40.00

Hangs on the outside of your fish tank. Aesthetically pleasing compact design and ultra quiet operation!

SKU: 015561102872 Category:
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AquaFX Internal Filter 1100L/H

$55.00

High quality internal filter useful for small and medium tanks.

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AquaFX Internal Filter 2200L/H

$70.00

Internal filter suitable for large tanks.

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AquaFX Internal Filter 800L/H

$38.00

High quality internal filter for small tanks.

SKU: 9328947002897 Category:
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External FIlter

External filters or canister filters are the go to filtration method for hobbyists with larger tanks. This is due to their high filtration capacity and less frequent maintenance. 

An external filter sits outside of the aquarium and operates using a water pump to push water through an inlet and outlet pipe. Water is pumped into the unit and pushed through filter media before returning to the tank.

UV Sterilsation lights (an advanced filtration method) are sometimes included in external filters.

Most provide enough space to allow for combined mechanical, biological and chemical filtration.

Pros

  • High capacity of filtration
  • Less frequent maintenance 
  • Does not take up space in the aquarium – maintaining a ‘clean’ look to your tank
  • High flow rate
  • Portable for cleaning
  • Space for extra filter media
  • Little to no noise
  • Can be situated out of sight in a cabinet
  • UV is sometimes included

Cons 

  • More expensive than other forms of filtration
  • Can be tricky to prime the water pump
  • Can be bulky
  • Inlet and outlet pipe require cleaning
  • Some can be hard to open 
  • Can be heavy to move during cleaning routines

Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 2200lph with UV 9w

$330.00

Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 2200lph with UV 9w offers mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For tanks up 700L

SKU: 9327975043575 Category:
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Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 2200lpha

$290.00

The Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 2200lph offers mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For tanks up 700L

SKU: 9327975043568 Category:
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Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 1800lph

$250.00

The Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 1800lph offers mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For tanks up 600L

SKU: 9327975043551 Category:
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Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 1200lph

$175.00

The Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 1200lph offers mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For tanks up 350L.

SKU: 9327975043544 Category:
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Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 800lph

$145.00

The Bioscape Tropic Canister Filter 800lph offers mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For tanks up 200L.

SKU: 9327975043537 Category:
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Pisces External Filter Ex2000

$230.00

Fantastic External Aquarium Filter. Filters 1330L/H. Filter Media Included!

SKU: 9337280010223 Category:
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In store, we recommend different types of aquarium filters to different people.

We will nearly always suggest an internal or HOB filter to the first time aquarium buyer. They are easier to maintain and never to expensive.

Secondarily, we always suggest sponge filters to someone looking for a fish breeding setup, a secondary filter or the most budget friendly option. These will get beneficial bacteria up and running very quickly in aquariums!

Lastly, for the customer wanting a beautiful display tank, maybe setup in the heart of their home, we suggest an external filter. These allow for the best aquarium filtration and greatest aesthetic pleasure.

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