Aquarium FiltersA tropical fish tank takes time but has many rewards well worth the minimal time investment. They key to a successful fish tan is proper maintenance and care of the tank and fish. Having the appropriate filter for your aquarium will help to keep the water healthy for your fish.
Aquarium FiltersLee Dobbins
Which aquarium filters are best for your tank?
The answer depends on how many fish you keep in the tank, how much maintenance you do, and your goals for the tank.
Water quality is critical to the health of your fish, so it is important that you have the appropriate aquarium filters. Waste products can build up quickly, turning to ammonia and making the water poisonous to your fish, but a well filtered tank will keep this from happening and may also allow you to keep more fish in the tank.There are three basic kinds of aquarium filters, biological , mechanical and chemical. You should definitely have a combination of biological and mechanical in your tank. The verdict is out on chemical filtration, some say you need it, and others feel it is unnecessary or only necessary for sort term if you are trying to correct a certain problem with your water.
Mechanical Filtration - Mechanical filtration removes particles from the water by passing the water through some type of screen or filter.
Biological Filtration - In your tank, the waste from your fish and particles of uneaten food is constantly breaking down in to ammonia which can be toxic to your fish. Biological filtration is necessary so that bacteria, which feed on this ammonia and it's byproducts making the water safe for your fish, can exist. In order for this bacteria to exists you need to provide a place for the bacteria to grow. This can be the gravel bed itself, a sponge or cartridge in your power filter or the bio media in your canister filter.
Chemical Filtration - Chemical filtration is the use of ammonia absorbing chemicals like carbon or ammonia chips to remove ammonia from the water. Since your biological filtration should be taking care of this, some question the need for this at all. Other than the very early stages when your bacteria bed has not had enough time to build up, chemical filtration may be unnecessary. In any event, if you are using a carbon filter for chemical filtration and you need to medicate your tank, be sure to remove the filter as it will absorb the medication.
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