The Latest Trends in Filtration
MAY 2018 • 102 • petbusiness.com
not so much the consumer. Today, there are few hanging filters that do not require
specific cartridges if you want them to perform to maximum efficiency. Needless
to say, a customer would always prefer a choice, if given one.
The best external hanging filters of the past were not designed like the ones of
today. There was a motor on top that sucked aquarium water up one, two or even
three lift tubes. It was delivered directly onto a plastic plate covered by whatever
you wished. Usually, you would buy a roll of non-glass insulation and from that
cut a pad that would fit perfectly on the plate. On top of the pad, you could put
a layer of charcoal and cover it with filter wool. The water from the tank passed
through these elements and was returned to the tank through the plastic housing
under the motor. The stream of returning water came out of a simple tube, which
you could direct in any direction you wished. If you wanted the returning water
Over the years, filters for fish tanks have changed a great deal. I can say—without reservation—today’smodernfiltersarevastly different from the ones that preceded them,
Somewhere along the line, many companies got
the bright idea to design filters that would only work
with filter cartridges that fit their various models.
This creation of proprietary filter cartridges was a
boon to both the retailer and the manufacturer, but
There is a variety of aquarium filters on the market, and choosing the right one may not be
as easy as you think.
BY EDWARD C. TAYLOR
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