Easy-to-use canister filter ideal for nano, mini-reef, and other small aquariums
Efficient canister filter design with powerful high flow rate and quiet operation
Features sleek, modern design which complements most aquariums
Rapids Mini Canister Filter provides optimum 3-stage filtration to smaller aquariums, such as nano, mini-reef, or planted aquariums. Compact, super-efficient filter features self-priming, top-mounted sealed motor with 80 gph flow rate. It's quiet, simple to start and setup, and dependable. It's also lightweight enough to be hung directly on back of your aquarium or it can stand alone. Comes with built-in flow meter and 2-year manufacturer's warranty. For fresh or saltwater aquariums up to 20 gals. Measures 3-1/2" x 5-11/16" x 7" high.
Includes: Floss roll with activated carbon and super porous ceramic cylinders, high-efficiency intake strainer, spray bar, and canister hanger.
Please click on "More Information" for assembly, operation, and maintenance instructions.
Insert the Filter Compartment Partition into the inside grooves of Canister Housing.
Place Ceramic Cylinders in the Biological Chamber of the Canister Housing.
Wrap the Floss/Carbon Media around the Media Core Tube and position in the Media Compartment of the Canister Housing.
Make sure O-ring is properly positioned so Power Unit is securely sealed.
Place the Power unit onto the Canister Housing and press the Clips downward to seal the Canister Filter.
Press the Strainer onto one end of the Intake Tube.
Slide the Suction Cup onto the Intake Tube.
Insert the other end of the Intake Tube into the U-Tube Intake.
Take one of the two Expandable Hoses and connect the large end to the U-Tube Intake.
Connect the other smaller end of the Expandable Hose to the Power Unit Inlet.
Insert the Spray Bar with end cap into the U-Tube Outlet.
Slide the two Suction Cups onto the Spray Bar.
Take the second Expandable Hose and connect the large end to U-Tube Outlet.
Connect the other smaller end of the Expandable Hose to the Power Unit Outlet.
Place the Canister in the Hanger and hang on the frame of the aquarium.*
Position the U-Tube Inlet and U-Tube Outlet on the frame of the aquarium.
Attach the Spray Bar and the Intake Tube to the aquarium by pressing the Suction Cups against the glass.
Open the Water Primer Cap and fill Canister with water to top of opening.
Wait 5 minutes. The Filter Media will absorb water and additional water will be needed to top off the Canister.
Close the Water Primer Cap, making sure the O-ring is positioned correctly.
Plug the AC Adaptor into standard 120V electrical receptacle. Note: Do not force polarized plug into non-polarized receptacle.
Check for leaks to confirm Canister is properly sealed and O-ring is in position.
*The Hanger is removable if you don't want to hang Canister and wish to place it next to the aquarium.
Mini Canister Filter will pump 80 gph at full flow.
Exhaust flow from Spray Bar should break the surface of the water slightly. As the surface is agitated, better gas exchange occurs and oxygenation increases.
DO NOT allow Canister Filter to run dry at any time; DO NOT operate this product out of water.
Unplug power cord from electrical receptacle before cleaning or servicing.
Use of a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is recommended.
If your water becomes cloudy due to heavy particulate matter, you can remove the Biological Media (Ceramic Cylinders) and replace it with additional Floss/Carbon Filter Media. The extra media will provide additional mechanical and chemical filtration. The floss will trap particulate matter and the activated carbon will adsorb dissolved organics. A partial water change of 25% will help reduce discoloration also.
When you need to clean or replace filter media, the indicator shows with Red Color.
Maintenance To ensure optimum performance, it is recommended to replace the Floss/Carbon Filter Media every two to four weeks depending on fish population and number of daily feedings.
Under normal operation, it is not necessary to clean or replace Biological Media. If the Biological Media becomes heavily soiled, remove and gently rinse in dechlorinated, room temperature water.
Periodic inspection and cleaning of the Impeller is recommended.
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.
Don't take the quality of your tap water for granted. If you draw your water from a well, nature may not be providing you the perfect balance. If you are using tap water from your municipal department, it likely includes minerals and additives.