As you play aquarium fish already know, the choice of installing a filtration system is extremely essential. Your aquarium is clean and beautiful, and aquatic organisms that live well or not relies heavily on the filtration system. So choose a suitable aquarium filter . The following are the share from the aquarium of Kim Chi Chi Aquarium 

Top 6 Types of water filters for aquariums

Top 6 type of water filters for aquarium


Filter in the lake also known as filter overflow

This type of filter is fixed inside the tank, it usually prevents a side compartment or behind the tank filter. The water will overflow into the filter comb (where the filter elements are located), then flow through the pump compartment and the pump will pump the water back into the tank. Due to the design filter is compact inside the aquarium, so it is very suitable for aquariums with chains and water cover. In addition, filtration in the tank also has the advantage of filtering the surface very well. Nowadays, the lenses are becoming more and more sophisticated, so the bottom dust filter hole is also added.

Bottom filter, English name is (Under Gravel Filter – UGF)

This filter is suitable for aquarium fish, low cost, easy to use. But it is not appropriate for growing aquatic plants. Because of the principle of operation is Air Lift, water absorbed by the substrate (filter) and make the subdivision spread, fly out.

Filter under the lake (homemade)

A self-made filter placed under the tank. With the advantages of self-made size and design as you want and can accommodate many filter accessories. The principle of filtration under the tank differs from the outside filtration expose the water to air. One question raised if the filter is not watertight in the filter does not overflow (flooding) outside the house!

To overcome and prevent the water from flowing out, we have to use overflow control method to control incoming and outgoing water flow for balance. This means that the level of different lakes should be adjusted to the amount of water in the reservoir overflowing. Due to the high design advantages and the many filter accessories, it is very suitable for Arowana farmers. And if you use the aquarium, at least you have to know how to control the flow of water, oxygen and carbon dioxide, and to understand the ecology of the aquarium.

– Advantages: Large filter compartment, many filter accessories

– Disadvantages: Without the standard water pump, it is easy to spill water onto the floor when the pump is disconnected.

Filter under the self-made tank.These are homemade aquarium filters

Sponge Filter

A filtration system using sucking filter material, which belongs to the type of filter in the tank (because the main filter is placed in the tank). This sponge filter is used to filter suspended particles in water, fish waste. Sucking is also a good habitat for beneficial bacteria, but when we clean it the bacteria will lose significant weight because of the very smooth surface of the sock. If we use this filter, we must diligently change water regularly. Because the surface area of ​​the sucker is not sufficient to produce bacteria for biological filtration, such as biological filter materials such as ceramic rings or industrial lava, etc. Water exchange).

Filtration is divided into two types:

Operates on the principle of air lift (Air-Lift). This type of fish is usually found in fish shops. From the aerator, the gas will be pushed to the surface of the water and the water will flow through the sucker. This type of filter is suitable for lakes without a strong flow (e.g., a lake used to squeeze fish). So this filter has one more name called Breeder Filter. Filtration must be used with aeration and suitable for fish farming.

water filter for aquariums

  • Sucking Filtration
  • Sponge filter
  • Aquarium pumps
  • Aquarium pumps with filter

– Advantages: Both types of foam filter is compact and cheap. For aquariums primarily.

– Disadvantages: Must be built inside the aquarium, so if using this filter will disrupt the aquatic scene. Normally people who prefer aquarium decor will not play this filter.

Hanging Filter (Hang-on-filter)

  • Filter waterfall hanging aquarium
  • Suspended filter for small aquarium

This waterfall filter is suitable for unsealed fish tanks, which can be hung up into a very compact and convenient aquarium. However, their size is quite small, so the cascade filter is only suitable for aquariums of about 60 cm or less.

– Advantages: Hanging filter is small convenient, beautiful design

– Disadvantages: small, filter accessories are not many, limited flow only flows around a place

Canister Filter, External Filter

This is probably the preferred filter for long-standing aquatic play. Operated by a closed-loop filter, filtered water does not come in contact with outside air. The advantage of this filter is that it sits outside the tank, does not occupy the tank area, and has additional filter compartments. The mode of operation of the filter is two water lines. Water from the lake flows into the bottom of the filter and overflows through the layers of filter material, which is then pumped back into the pool.