My Aquael Turbo "Recipe" Explained

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This is a photo heavy explanation as to how I do my Aquael Turbo servicing, specifically the contents of the can.

First of all get the can and sponge ready for use..

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Then place your freshly rinsed (in aquarium water) noodles into the can..

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Then cut the media. I use Superfish PhosMat and AmmoniaMat...initially cut into strips, then into tiny 1" triangles or irregular shapes...

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Then add a layer of floss..

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Fit the lid down rightly, fix the sponge to the bottom of the can and its then ready to be connected to the powerhead/venturi and reinstalled into the aquarium
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Good idea.I’ve used these filters in the past and I’ve found them very good.
 
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I like them cos there are a multitude of ways of using them.

With or without the sponge (you can even fit the sponge direct to the powerhead without using the can, thus making it a powerful sponge filter)
Double or single can
With or without venturi fitted
Flow rate is completely adjustable

You can add a spraybar or a small UV if wanted very easily.

And as internals go, they are not huge so don't take up too much space in the aquarium and with the mix/match ability of the cans you can pretty much have whatever media you want and replicate an external filter without the expense of buying one.
 
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I love internal filters. I use Haliea or Eheim, I will never go back to a canister or HOB filter.
I agree

The Aquael Turbo is so basic its impossible to get wrong

They come in 4 maximum flow rates

500 lph
1000 lph
1500 lph
2000 lph

Unlike many internals (and some external or HOB), the maximum flow rate on the box is actually what you get from the filter. Very very simple to adjust the flow, the venturi is easy to adjust too. Maintenance is so simple and quick.

And they are cheap to buy too, they cost a fraction of most other filters in their flow rate range.

Regardless of what shape your aquarium is, how deep it is etc, they work extremely well.......I double canned the 1000 lph in my previous 60 litre hexagonal 2ft deep aquariums and they hoovered the substrate for me too.

Brilliant bits of kit, cheap to buy, extremely easy to care for and get spares for, very efficient and an infinite number of ways to assemble and use them.
 

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I love the maintenance with these filters. I unplug them, click off the filter section, rinse that in water, click it back, plug it in. I usually do it while my Black Coffee cools down in the morning.
 

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Interesting! Which size model do you have?
On my 150g (500 liter), I have two Haliea 1000l/phr plus a 200 liter/phr that runs across the front of the tank. You should check out the cost of these filters they are cheap. When I bought my first ones I bought a back up because I thought they would fail they never have.
 
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I love the maintenance with these filters. I unplug them, click off the filter section, rinse that in water, click it back, plug it in. I usually do it while my Black Coffee cools down in the morning.
I only unhitch and open mine when the venturi starts to splutter since that is the best indication of a blockage tween sponge and can.

Then its a case of hook it out of the aquarium, take it to bits, clean off the sponge and the grill (that stops any large particles into the can) off and rinsing that along with the noodles. I rinse the mats and change the floss, put it all back together and rehitch it to the carrier in the aquarium. The mats are changed every couple of months or so. I have a spare can ready in the cupboard if required....mats all cut ready, floss shaped ready to go, just a case of swapping the noodles from one can to the spare and putting everything back together again.

Takes around 10 minutes maximum from unhitching to rehitching.
 

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On my 150g (500 liter), I have two Haliea 1000l/phr plus a 200 liter/phr that runs across the front of the tank. You should check out the cost of these filters they are cheap. When I bought my first ones I bought a back up because I thought they would fail they never have.

I've just been looking, they are very reasonably priced! I have quite a few filters at the moment, but I did add one to my saved Amazon basket for when the time comes that I need to replace one! Always appreciate tips for good, reliable equipment from other hobbyists. I trust you guys more than random online reviews!
 
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Filters...


Media..


Way way cheaper than most filters and the DIY media cuts the costs down too. (The filters come with noodles and sponge...ignore the reference to carbon in the media links)
 
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Another thing I like about the filters....they don't go slidey slidey down the glass when the suction cups lose their suction

They have a hook device that holds them up that fits over both rimmed and rimless aquariums.....so no more filter on the substrate and having to ferk about to retrieve it.
 

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Another thing I like about the filters....they don't go slidey slidey down the glass when the suction cups lose their suction

They have a hook device that holds them up that fits over both rimmed and rimless aquariums.....so no more filter on the substrate and having to ferk about to retrieve it.
What I like about internals, is that if I want too, I can lie them across the bottom of the tank or stand them up, or put a venturi on them. Internal filters are just cool.
 

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