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Filtration for Planted Tank

View Poll Results: Effective Planted Tank Filters

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  • Sponge Filter

    2 4.88%
  • Hang On Back BOX Filter

    0 0%
  • Internal Power Filter

    12 29.27%
  • Hang On Tank/Hang on Back Filter

    9 21.95%
  • External Cannister Filter

    25 60.98%
  • Under Gravel Filter (UGF)

    8 19.51%
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    Filtration for Planted Tank

    (Excerpt from Types of Filtration but for planted tanks only)

    This is a poll that aimed to rate effectiveness of specific type of filtration for planted tanks. Please rate based on your experience in using them, you can select multiple entries using check box.

    Filtration can be considered as three major types: mechanical, biological and adsorptive/chemical.

    Mechanical filtration is necessary to remove particles from the water to keep the water sparkling clear and to maximize the efficiency of subsequent biological or adsorptive filtration.

    Biological filtration is essential to ensure the breakdown of waste products in the aquarium by 'friendly' bacteria. This occurs most efficiently in highly porous media such as sponge and specific bio-media such as ceramic tubes and sintered glass. This media should only be lightly rinsed in aquarium water (not tap water) to maintain the bacterial colonies which establish.

    Adsorptive media selectively remove various substances from the water. Examples include activated carbon which removes toxins, medications, dyes, etc. and specific resins which remove ammonia, nitrate, phosphate, etc. These products are also often referred to as chemical media, although some would reserve this term for media which chemically modify aquarium water in other ways, such as peat which can acidify water by adding humic and tannic acid

    TYPES OF FILTERS FOR PLANTED TANKS

    Sponge filter

    This is the most basic type of filter which consists simply of a sponge through which water is drawn by rising air bubbles from an air pump. The sponge acts mechanically, and once matured, biologically. These filters are ideal for small breeding and rearing tanks where a power filter might suck fry into the filter inlet.


    My Comment: I have used this in my first 20 gals planted tank and it did wonders in my plants and faunas are still alive up to this time but it can cause release of CO2 due to surface agitation caused bu 02 bubbles.

    HOB Box Filter

    These are also air powered. The airflow draws water through the chambers of the filter which can be filled with the desired media. This type of filter provides mechanical filtration using filter wool, ceramic rings and bioballs, or for adsorption of specific waste products using carbon or specialised adsorbent resins.


    Internal power filter

    This type of filter utilizes an electrically powered centrifugal pump to draw water through the filter material, normally sponge. They may have additional chambers for adsorptive media or additional mechanical/biological media. They generally create a more powerful circulation than air-powered filters. They are ideal for aquariums in the 2ft - 4ft size range, and are useful in combination with external canister filters for large aquariums.



    HOT/HOB filters

    Hang-On-Tank or Hang-On-Back filters are popular in the US and other regions, and are similar to internal power filters in terms of design principle and the size of aquarium that they are suitable for. Some use disposable cartridge systems to facilitate easier maintenance.

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    External canister filter

    These work on the same principle as internal power filters, but are positioned outside the tank and draw water into the filter through an inlet tube and return the water via another tube, which can be fitted with a spray bar to increase aeration. They avoid the need for an unsightly filter inside the tank, but this has the disadvantage that they require priming before use, although modern designs now incorporate self-priming devices. The media capacity is much larger than internal filters and they are therefore suitable for much larger tanks. They normally incorporate areas for several media types so the media can be tailored to suit the requirements of individual tanks. They are a good choice for larger planted tanks.


    Undergravel filters (Old School Filtration) (UGF)

    Undergravel filters work by drawing water from the tank down through the gravel substrate, which acts as a mechanical and biological filtration media. This gives a huge surface area for filtration. The gravel does need to be 'vacuumed' occasionally however, to prevent the build-up of excess dirt in the gravel and beneath the filter plates.

    The water is drawn through the undergravel filter plates and into uplift tubes by an airpump or powerhead. Powerheads will give a more rapid turnover and stronger circulation. Reverse-flow undergravel filtration (RUGF) works by drawing water from the aquarium, through a prefilter of some sort (which could be anything from a simple sponge to an external canister filter), and forcing it DOWN the uplift tubes and up through the gravel. This avoids the problem of excessive debris building up in the gravel and beneath the filter plates.
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    As requested by Teyji, here is the types of filtration commonly used in planted tanks. Maybe you can share your reviews of its effectiveness and participate in our poll.

    Anticipating your response and Thanks in advance guys!
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    up ko po ito
    sakto po ito sa plano kong pagpili ng filter sa tank ko
    makakakuha ako ng madaming tips dito
    thanks mod

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    salamat sa pag post sir rep points for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by teyji View Post
    salamat sa pag post sir rep points for you
    Thanks TJ. Sana makatulong.
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    Very nice informative info!...di ako makapag rep point sa inyo kelangan daw spread ko muna.
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    IMHO, type or kind of filtration to be use would be dependent on the size of tank and clarity of water you wish to attain... all types of filtration has its own limitations, 2 cents observation lang. Thanks GD for sharing the brief intro on different filters
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    i vote for kung ano gamit ko sa ngayon at satisfied din naman ako
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    For me, with fully planted tank, less inhabitants and enough feeding, i think even a less powerful filter will do, because plants are natural filters, as long as you know what you are doing and understand planted tank setup.

    If you really need to put a good filtration, this thread is a very good guide for planted tanks..TFS friend GD.
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