There’s something about aquariums that make them endearing and interesting. It’s relaxing to have an aquarium in a room and it’s no wonder that there are architects and interior designers who incorporate aquariums into their designs. But as simple as aquariums may look, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. These transparent tanks, after all, contain living beings. When thinking of owning one, it’s important to take note of some things that will dictate the type and size of filter that would be needed.
Filters are typically comprised of three categories: Mechanical, which deals with larger detritus, dust and waste materials. Chemical treats the water to remove harmful toxins. And biological, which makes sure that the water that comes out of the filter is as close to the water that fish inside the tank are accustomed to.
Under Gravel Filter
Using an under gravel filter is quite common with new aquarium owners. While under gravel filters may seem unobtrusive because it’s sort of hidden, it’s actually one of the least favorable filters when it comes to effectiveness. Mainly because sucking in water from below has a number of disadvantages. One is that it’s prone to sucking in large sediments, thereby compromising the filter. It’s also a bad choice for aquariums that have freshwater plants because the roots might get sucked into the filter.
Power filters are the go-to options for those who just want to have an effective filtration system and be done with it. It gets the job done, no doubt about that. It isn’t called power filter for no good reason. However, with this power comes its own set of disadvantages. While power filters are able to keep water clean and ideal for fish to live in, it is generally not recommended for saltwater aquariums. The constant disturbance on the water surface will eventually build up a salt creep on the sides and corners of the tank. In addition to this, power filters can also deprive planted aquariums with carbon dioxide due to the same surface breaking action.
Using wet/dry filter is probably a better idea than power filters, but it does cost a bit more. The intricacy of a wet/dry filter’s mechanism definitely commands a bigger price tag. But it’s definitely worth it. It’s great for cleaning aquarium water while keeping the surface undisturbed. Unfortunately, for homeowners who just want to have a simple aquarium, a wet ‘dry filter system may be overkill for their aquariums. It’s worth noting that these quality aquarium filters can be as big, if not bigger than the aquarium itself.
Using canister filters is probably the next best thing to wet/dry filters. It’s a good filtration system in a sense that it keeps water ideal for fish life while also making sure that there’s not a lot of water disturbances. It’s also a lot cheaper than a wet/dry system. Nevertheless, the efficiency of canister aquarium filters still rests on how well the manufacturer designed them. Naturally, some will perform badly because they are probably designed for a smaller tank. This is why it’s important to bring along specifications of the tank when buying a filter.