Long life motor design with high energy ceramic magnet for corrosion-free reliability
Adjustable split flow diffuser (patent pending) for bi-directional water circulation
Sweepline intake/outlet tubes for greater flow efficiency and cleaning ease
Lightweight enough to hang directly on the back of your aquarium, yet it does the heavy duty work of two complete filtration systems. And it's simple to set up, easy to maintain and readily portable. Sleek, silent, powerful... it's a triumph of no-compromise design technology.
The H.O.T. Magnum is actually two filters in one, perfect for everyday mechanical/chemical filtration and quick-clean water polishing. Its powerful self-starting pump silently directs a certified 250 gallons per hour through the advanced dual-flow core and sealed media, delivering total contact, total filtration, without bypass. Its hang-on-tank, easy setup design makes it ideal for multiple aquarium water polishing. Snap-lock, leak-proof connectors eliminate the need for hoses or tubing. And H.O.T. Magnum's UL- Listed synchronous motor and epoxy-encapsulated electrical components are your assurance of safe operation. The triple duty union of a classic wet/dry biological filter with powerful mechanical/chemical Magnum filtration. Units include 8 ft power cord. Two-year comprehensive warranty. For aquariums up to 50 gallons.
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Tips from our Techs BIO-Wheels spin fast and steady when they first start up, but will slow and "stumble" as bacteria builds. If your BIO-Wheel stops completely, put some aquarium water in a container, swish BIO-Wheel gently, and place back in filter. During filter maintenance, float BIO-Wheels in your aquarium to keep from drying out.
Frequent visual inspections of your filter are recommended. Unusual occurrences such as lack of water flow, excessive mechanical or water noise, cloudy or bad smelling water require immediate attention. To ensure best filter performance and maintain full water flow, we recommend regular cleaning and media changes at least every 2-4 weeks.
Easy cleaning steps:
Shut down system and remove canister.
Change the media. Remove the media and rinse thoroughly, then replace with new media. Remove the cartridge and rinse off all visible dirt. Your cartridge can be soaked in a solution of one part chlorine bleach and three parts water. Rinse the cartridge thoroughly until the bleach smell disappears.
Clean air ejector tube with nylon cleaning wand (included).
Clean canister thoroughly, especially sump area.
Clean impeller module - gently squeeze sides to pop open.
Clean impeller assembly and inspect for wear and smooth rotation. Replace any parts with noticeable wear.
Gently clean flat exhaust gaskets with warm water.
Wash d-ring seating area on canister and cover. Wet d-ring before installing.
Reassemble system and return to operation.
The benefits of Mechanical, Biological, and Chemical Filtration
Mechanical Filtration is the physical removal of particulate matter from the water. This is achieved by introducing a mechanical barrier in the water flow that traps particles of a certain size according to filter material used. A mechanical filter is only effective when it is cleaned regularly, otherwise bacteria will settle in and start breaking down the collected dirt, thus setting minerals free into the water as well as becoming a bio-filter resulting in increased nitrate levels.
Biological Filtration is the process by which aerobic (nitrifying) bacteria of the genus Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter oxide, the toxic ammonia through nitrite (which is only slightly less toxic than ammonia), to the relatively harmless nitrate. This process is known as nitrification, and in nature, takes place in aquatic habitats and soils where ammonia and sufficient oxygen are present. The nitrifying bacteria develop naturally in an aquatic environment and will colonize any suitable filter media such as the Polystrand filter pads supplied in the Ocean Clear Filters. Once a biological filter media has been established, it should be disturbed as little as possible since the bacteria colony maintains its level of activity according to the bio-load present in the system.
Chemical Filtration uses chemicals, in particular Active Carbon, to absorb organic material such as oxidation products of proteins, remains of fish medications and organic toxicants. It is also effective in removing oxidation products that are formed by ozonating seawater (slight amounts of chlorine and bromine). Active Carbon should be replaced regularly, since it gets saturated and as bacteria settle on it, it will eventually work like an ordinary biological filter.
Never use soap, abrasive cleaners, or other cleaning agents on or around the filter or your aquarium.
Quiet, convenient canister filters are inconspicuously located under your aquarium. All the canister filters we offer are customizable, and can hold a large amount of media (mechanical, chemical, and biological) in varying combinations.
Whether you're setting up a larger aquarium or simply want to upgrade your existing filter, the versatile and reliable nature of a canister filter makes it a great choice. Use the following chart to determine which canister filter is right for you.
A canister filter is a sealed container filled with various filter media. The principle advantage of canister filters over power filters is their roomy media baskets which can be filled with a variety of filter media to create custom filtration.
Which aquarium filter is right for you? Today's aquarium fillters include undergravel filters, power filters, canister filters, wet/dry filters, and internal filters. Read more to make the smart aquarium filter choice.
2 filters in 1, ideal for everyday mechanical/chemical filtration and quick-clean water polishing
Please note: Return of electrical equipment to Drs. Foster & Smith for exchange or refund is limited to 60 days from the date of purchase. Beyond 60 days, please contact the manufacturer for repair or replacement as covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
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