Published at Thursday, March 01st, 2018 - 23:23:36 PM. Aquarium Equipment. By Karlina Brittany.
Powerheads: Powerheads are positioned inside your aquarium against the side glass and contain a propeller to "blow" water across your tank increasing the water circulation and flow within an aquarium. These can help eliminate areas of low flow in your aquarium that collects debris. Some plants may also grow better in high flow areas, as well as some fish may come from rivers and enjoy high flow. You should research the individual needs of your plants and fish to see what their flow requirements are before deciding on adding a powerhead.
Wet/dry trickle filters (or sumps): Sumps are by far the best type of filter available in the aquarium hobby today. Although more popular with saltwater tanks, these filters still work great in freshwater as well. A sump is normally placed beneath the tank and concealed within the stand. Not only is your filtration hidden in the stand, this also allows you to place other unsightly equipment in the sump like heaters, thermometers and powerheads. To use a sump, you must have either a built in overflow drilled into your tank, or an overflow box to carry water from your display tank to the sump. Water would then enter the sump and be forced through the filter media, and then pumped back into the tank. Sumps add a few extra gallons of water to the total system volume, and remember the quote "the solution to pollution is dilution"? This type of filtration is also highly customizable in the type of filter media you use. I have seen sumps with filter socks to strain out large particles, even a system of shelves to support different layers of media. It is easy to see why this is the number one choice in filtration for serious aquarists.
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