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Coralife Super Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer Review


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Model Dimensions Flow Rate Price
65 gallon 4.25 L x 5.5 W x 20.75 H inches 325 GPH Medium
125 gallon 5 L x 7.25 W x 24.5 H inches 500 GPH Medium-High
220 gallon 6 L x 8 W x 25.5 H inches 500 GPH Medium-High
Overview

The Coralife Super Needle Wheel protein skimmer is great for experienced aquarists who are looking for a protein skimmer that performs better than entry level protein skimmers, but is not priced sky-high.

The Coralife Super Needle Wheel protein skimmer performs better than cheaper protein skimmers as it features needle wheel technology and venturi technology. The venturi valve valve uses the high-flow water pump to create high-pressure water that makes air bubbles when water flows through. The needle wheel impeller then chops up these air bubbles as they are made, resulting in smaller, micro air bubbles. Micro bubbles allow your protein skimmer to trap as small as micro organic waste in your tank to ensure the cleanest aquarium water possible.

The Coralife Super Needle Wheel protein skimmer comes with all necessary equipment for setting the protein skimmer up. The water pump that is included is 530 GPH and takes up 9 L x 4 W x 5 H inches, so be sure the water pump will fit in your aquarium or sump.

Setting Up Your Coralife Super Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer

You can choose to either hang your Coralife Super protein skimmer on the back of your aquarium, or hook it up within your sump.

If you choose to hang the Coralife Super protein skimmer on the back of your aquarium, make sure there is 8 inches of space between your aquarium and the wall. Note also for hang on back use that the mounting bracket for the protein skimmer will need two 1.125 inch holes in your aquarium canopy to fit into.

If you choose to hook up your Coralife Super protein skimmer in your sump make sure that the protein skimmer will fit with at least one inch of space between your aquarium stand wall and the protein skimmer. Also make sure there is adequate room for the water pump and protein skimmer in your sump, approximately 12 L x 10 W inches.

Next up is to set up the protein skimmer itself.

To setup the 65 gallon model collection cup:

A. Place O-ring into O-ring groove located on the main chamber(top of body of protein skimmer).

B. Align and place the collection cup threaded ring on top of the O-ring.

C. Twist the collection cup threaded ring clockwise to tighten. Make sure all parts are secure.

To setup the 125 gallon and 220 gallon collection cup:

A. Attach collection cup lid to collection cup.

B. Either attach collection cup drain plug onto collection cup drain hole if you do not wish to use the collection cup drain, or attach collection cup tubing from collection cup drain to a large container if you wish for the collected waste to drain into a large bucket.

Note: The collection cup drainage system allows you to not worry about emptying the collection cup often. You can usually leave the protein skimmer collect for weeks without emptying your large container of gunk.

C. Place O-ring into O-ring groove located on top of the main chamber(body of protein skimmer).

D. Align and place collection cup threaded ring on top of the O-ring on the main chamber.

E. Twist the collection cup threaded ring clockwise to tighten it.

F. Make sure the collection cup parts are tightened and secure.

To install the Coralife Super protein skimmer as a hang on back of your aquarium:

A. Pick where you would like to hang the protein skimmer on your tank. Make sure there is adequate room for it to fit behind your aquarium, approximately 8 inches of space.

B. Attach short flexible tubing onto the protein skimmer intake.

C. Attach the water pump to flexible tubing. Make sure all tubing connections are secure.
Note: The 65 gallon model will have a flow control valve.

D. Hang main chamber skimmer bracket onto your desired location on your aquarium.

Note: Do not submerse the skimmer bracket in water or obstruct airway passage through the air-inlet silencer.

E. Attach output tubing onto the water output. Make sure the vent hold is facing upwards.

F. Attach the bubble-production diffuser onto the aquarium so that the output tubing goes into it. Make sure the top of the bubble-production diffuser is at least 1/4 inch above the waterline.

Note: For the 65 gallon model you will need to insert the white filter pad into the bubble-production diffuser. You will then need to place the black sponge on top of the white filter pad. Lastly you will need to insert a mounting bracket into the bubble-production diffuser so that it stays still.

G. Trim output tubing or adjust the height of the bubble-production diffuser so that there is a 1 inch space in between the black sponge and the white filter pad to prevent micro-bubbles from getting into your aquarium display.

H. Tighten the screws on the protein skimmer’s main chamber mount and bubble-production diffuser mount so that they will not move.

To install the Coralife Super protein skimmer as a in-sump setup:

A. Pick where you would like to position your Coralife Super protein skimmer.

B. Attach the long flexible tubing onto the chamber intake.

C. Attach the water pump to flexible tubing. Make sure all the tubing connections are secure.

D. Place your Coralife Super protein skimmer where you want it inside your sump. Do not submerse the protein skimmer in water or obstruct the airway passage through the air-inlet silencer.

Note: If your Coralife Super protein skimmer is floating away, insert some saltwater into the main chamber.
E. Attach output tubing onto the water output, making sure the vent hole is facing upwards.

F. Place the round diffuser sponge into the sump so that the output tubing will flow into it. This prevents micro-bubbles from flooding your aquarium display.

How To Operate Your Coralife Super Protein Skimmer

A. Ensure all tubing and collection cup parts are secure.

B. Check that the air-inlet silencer is above water.

C. Check to make sure the water-level adjustment dial is in the open position.

D. Plug water pump into power source.

E. Adjust the water-level adjustment dial so that micro-bubbles are just below the collection cup cone. Refer to the top picture on the right to see how this looks. Let the unit run like this for 72 hours to break in.

Note: If you have the 65 gallon model you will use the flow control valve for coarse adjustment and the water-level adjustment dial for finer adjustment.

After your Coralife Super protein skimmer is broken in after about one week, you can choose from two skimming options: dry skimming or wet skimming.

To dry skim:

A. Adjust micro-bubbles so that they flow 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch inside the collection cup cone. Dry skimming will produce dense, concentrated foam.

To wet skim:

A. Adjust micro-bubbles to 3/4 inch to 3 inches inside the collection cup cone. Wet skimming will produce wet, diluted foam.

Maintenance

If you are not using the drainage system, you should check your Coralife Super protein skimmer collection cup daily to be sure it is not full. If it is full, empty it out and rinse it in your sink.

Every few days you should check and make sure the air-inlet silencer is not full of debris or salt so that your protein skimmer can function properly.

Each week you should rinse your bubble-production diffuser sponges since they may build up some debris that you do not want flowing into your clean tank water.

Each month you should be sure to check that your water pump is clean, and the tubes are not clogged.

Warranty

The Coralife Super protein skimmer comes with a Central Aquatics Company 12 month limited warranty. This warranty protects against defective material and defective workmanship that occurs during normal in-home use for 12 months from date of purchase. The warranty will allow replacements and repairs. The warranty does not cover loss of aquarium life, personal injury, property loss, or any other damage from usage of the product. To use the warranty you must show proof of purchase.
Refer to Coralife’s full warranty page for more details.

Finding The Best Canister Filter – 2018

Eheim Classic Penn Plax Cascade Fluval 06 Series Fluval FX Series
5 Stage Filtration 3-5 Stage Filtration 4 Stage Filtration 4 Stage Filtration
Lifetime:
4+ Years
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3+ Years
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Finding the best canister filter for your aquarium is one of the most important steps you will take. Unlike other filters, which only perform minor filtration, canister filters can go as far as housing beneficial bacteria, breaking down harmful chemicals that cannot be filtered out using conventional means. Combined with their extreme strength and silent operation, a high quality canister filter will easily help create a resilient tank with crystal clear water. A few features you many canister filters look for are

  • Easy cleaning
  • Long lifetime
  • Reasonable costs
  • Good warranties
  • low cost repairs
  • quiet operation

Here’s a Quick Rundown of each filter

The Eheim Classic is a high strength canister filter with great customer support. It has the most filtration stages, which limits the tank size it can support to 92 gallons max. It can take awhile to set up but is well worth the time investment. If you are willing to learn how to use this filter and do not have a massive tank, the Eheim will bring much more bang per buck than any other canister filter.

The Penn Plax Cascade canister filter is a low cost canister filter with varying filtration stages depending on the size chosen. The footing feels a bit cheap, however the body is strong and its provided tubes and flow control valves are clearly well made. The Penn Plax runs almost as quiet as its more expensive counterparts and offers powerful filtration, however its impeller may not last as long as the competition. Repairing it is fairly cheap, and clean up is quick and easy.

The Fluval 06 Series is a higher cost, high strength canister filter. It is extremely easy to clean, very quiet and consistent. The 06 series is the easiest to set up and keep maintained of all the canister filters.

The Fluval FX Series is a high cost, large tank canister filter. Both the impeller and motor go well beyond other canister filters, even going as far as having a custom circuit board near the impeller just to ensure the pressure is not so high that it causes noise/stress. While it takes awhile to open due to eight knobs on the top, it is very easy to drain and clean and can be done in a few minutes once you have some experience.

Now for the full reviews.

Eheim Classic Canister Filter


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Tank Size Filtration
Stages
Noise Level Longevity Price
40-92 Gallons 5 Low 4+ Years Medium

The more I write about aquarium equipment the more I sound like an Eheim fan boy. Either way this canister filter packs a lot of power, carries tons of filtration media (all of which is provided) and has excellent customer service. It runs just as much as any canister filter you would find in store, yet it works just as well as filters twice its price.

Simply put if your tank is under 100 gallons and you do not mind putting in a bit of initial set-up work the Eheim Classic canister filter is the best canister filter you can find.

Dimensions
  • Eheim 150/40 gal
  • Height: 11.4″
  • Diameter: 4.33″
  • Eheim 250/66 gal
  • Height: 13.97″
  • Diameter: 6.3″
  • Eheim 350/92 gal
  • Height: 14.56″
  • Diameter: 7.28″
Set-up


With this filter I highly suggest watching the video, as words are not always enough when it comes to the Eheim Canister filter.

To start out you will need to open up the filter and take out everything inside of it. This will be two plastic screens to keep the media inside the filter, three different types of filter foam, two bags of biological media and a cardboard protector. Toss the bags and cardboard protector, but keep the bio-media separate. Rinse off each piece of the filter and the put them all back into the filter. They should be in this order from bottom to top:

  • Plastic screen with pegs facing down
  • White Filter Media
  • Large bio-media
  • Blue Filter Media
  • Small bio-media
  • Carbon Filter pad
  • Plastic screen with pegs facing up

When placing each bio-media into the filter you will need to shake the filter to make them evenly spread. Once you have filled the canister filter clip the top back on. Next check the J-tube on the bottom of the canister filter. This may not be as tight as it needs to be, either from the manufacturer or shipping. Twist it until it is secure/has a good amount of resistance.

Next you will need to use the two provided tubes to connect the canister filter to its intake and output, which is done using 5/8″ and 1/2″ tubing. The 5/8″ tubing is referred to as 594 and the 1/2″ tubing is referred to as 494 by Eheim. For the 1/2″ tubing you should cut off a 2″ and 4″ piece. These will be used to connect the spray bar and double tap assembly. You may connect the spray bar assembly to the separate green J-tube now using the 2″ piece of 1/2″ tubing.

Next use the 4 inches of 1/2″ tubing to connect the double tap connecters to the J-tube located at the bottom of the filter.

Now you will measure how much tubing you will need to connect both the intake and output tubes to the tank. To do this you should place the filter in its final home or somewhere close to it. Simply connect the tube to the filter and hold it in place next to the intake strainer/spray bar assembly. Add about 2-3 inches of slack and cut the tubing for a perfect fit. You can run the filter without cutting these tubes, however it will negatively affect your flow rate.

Use the provided suction cups to affix the intake strainer and spray bar assembly to the tank. They are fairly strong suction cups, so you wont have to worry about them coming off.

With everything connected and put into place you simply need to prime the filter. First double check all your connections and ensure the lock nuts have been twisted tight. These will keep the tubes in place and prevent any leaks. To prime the filter you will need to disconnect the tube from the spray bar assembly and open up all the double tap connectors. This is done by turning the grey valves. With that all taken care of you will need to apply suction to the tubing that connects to the spray bar. This will start filling the canister filter with water from the tank and expelling the air. If they spray bar is submerged this will make a fair amount of bubbles in the tank. Once the air is out of the canister filter you can plug in the filter. While this is happening reconnect the tube to the spray bar assembly.

That’s it, filters set up.

Cleaning

Eheim Recommends cleaning the filter no sooner than 8 weeks after set up. Doing so will severely slow down the beneficial bacteria’s growth.

To start simply unplug the filter and close all of the valves on both double tap connecters. This is done by turning the valves to be perpendicular to the tubes. Once this is all done you can unscrew the doubletap connecters in the middle, separating the filter from most of the tubing. These will have a small amount of water, maybe a tablespoons worth, so have something to catch it. With the filter disconnected you can haul it off to wherever you want to clean it at. I typically choose the bathroom. It will be somewhat heavy, as it is full of water.

With the filter somewhere where spilling water isn’t an issue you will want to remove the top. To do this you must open the top double tap connector valve. If you don’t there will be a strong airtight seal keeping the top stuck in place. Undo the clips on the top and pull it off next.

Take out the top plastic screen and filter foam out of the filter. You will either rinse or replace the filter media at your own discretion. Next you will need to scoop out the bio media, you can do this by hand or with a cup. You may be able to pout it through a strainer, however when I tried this all of the bio-media came out and got mixed up. Not too big of an issue but not ideal.

Remove the blue filter pad and second layer of bio-media in the same way, followed by the white filter pad and bottom plastic screen. You may remove water at any time. I typically get rid of all the canister filter water, as it can get really dirty.

You can now lightly rinse all of your media with tank water only. Tap water will kill any beneficial bacteria, so avoid using it on the media. The body can then be rinsed out and wiped down with a cloth. You may also replace about 60-70% of your bio-media if you like. This will make the tank cleaner however you will need to do slightly more water changes as the beneficial bacteria from the old bio-media seeds into the new bio-media.

Finally take a look at the top of the filter. This is where the motor and impeller are housed. Make sure you clean this part too, as a stressed impeller will have a much shorter lifetime. With no impeller the canister filter will not work.

Now you can put the filter back together and put it back in place. You may also fill the canister with water to prevent the air draining process again, however this is optional. I do not refill mine, as it is much easier to put in place while empty. Reconnect the filter and thread the lock nuts so that they are tight. Once that is done you can open up the double tap connector valves, done by turning them to be parallel to the tubes, and plug the filter back in. You are now done cleaning the canister filter.

Warranty & Lifetime

The Eheim Classic external canister filter comes with a one year warranty and excellent customer service. They will help you with any issue you may have, even when out of warranty. If however you need a replacement part you may have to pay a bit to ship it. Still this is much cheaper than buying a new part or new filter, and Eheim will make sure you get the right part for your exact model.

Canister filters are run by an impeller and gravity. As we can’t break gravity, the only component in danger is the impeller. If you clean the filter out once or twice a year you should easily see over four years of lifetime. Once a part breaks you can simply have it replaced for a fraction of the cost of a new filter. Overall I would say you can expect to spend $20 every two or three years after the initial four years.

The only other part some users have had trouble with that I personally haven’t seen is the O ring, which forms the seal between the canister filters body and motor. As long as you do not allow this to dry in a hot area and warp and prevent it from being cut you should have no issues with it. Otherwise it can also be replaced by contacting Eheim.

Overall: This is a medium cost filter that performs as well as the more expensive filters. It is a bit of a hassle to set up and clean, however you will only do this a few times (2-4) a year.

Penn Plax Cascade Canister Filter


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Tank Size Filtration
Stages
Noise Level Longevity Price
30-200 Gallons 3-5 Low 3-5 Years Medium-Low

Despite being the budget choice for canister filters, the Penn Plax Cascade canister filter still makes my list for best canister filters. It runs fairly quietly, completely inaudible when under the tank in a bedroom, while still bringing significantly more power than any non canister filter. It comes with everything you need to set up the filter, however no mounting device which leave it looking a bit sloppy.

Set-up

First you will need to pick a spot for the canister filter. For bedrooms I recommend under the tank in a cabinet, however in any other room the noise will be so low that it is unlikely to be heard. The canister filter will have two tubes coming from the top, both of which can rotate 360&deg. The tubes are ribbed, making them kink resistant and super easy to set up.

The outlets are blue, the intank, and white, the output. Screw the outlets into place. The tubes connect to these with a bit of force and twisting. The outlets have a flow control valve on them, which allow you to close off the water flow and remove the filter for maintanence.

The tubing will need to be measured and cut, which is done simply by placing the intake and output into the tank and cutting a bit more tubing than needed off of the main length of tubing. If you would like to use your own tubing it is 5/8″ inch.

The intake provided is a standard tube strainer where as you have multiple options for the output, a directional output or spray bar. As mine is in the bedroom I opted for the submerged directional output.

Once the tubes are in place you will need to prime the pump. This is done by pushing in the large buttom located on the top of the filter. Do this a couple times quickly and water will rush into the filter. Once it is full you may plug in the canister filter. During this time a lot of air will be coming out of the output, which is normal as the tubes and filter are full of air.

Cleaning

To clean this filter simply unplug it and close the intake and output valves by twisting the valves on top of the filter. Once this is done you can remove the outlets, not just the tubes, and they will hold the water there. Use the canister filters built in handle to carry the filter to a safe spot for cleaning. Put the filter down gently, as the footing is not meant to take abuse.

Undo the clamps on the side of the filter and lift out the filter media baskets. The top tray is held in place by a gasket, which you will need to remove. Do not lose the gasket. You may then change or rinse off your filter media and rinse out the body of the canister filter. Depending on the size of the Penn Plax canister filter you have you may have more or less baskets. If yo uhave excesse baskets feel free to fill them with bio-media, but avoid finer ones like crushed coral. Those can get loose and either damage the impeller or just make a bunch of noise.

With everything cleaned you can put the pump back together in reverse order and carry it back to the tank. Reattach the outlets as tight as you can before opening their valves. Once they are opened you may plug the filter back in.

Warranty & Lifetime

Penn Plax suprises everyone by providing a strong three year warranty on this budget canister filter. Simply call or email Penn Plax and they will help you troubleshoot or repair your canister filter. I reccomend calling, as emails often take a day or two.

The impeller is the only component in the canister filter that can break, making the lifetime subject to that part alone. If you keep the canister filter clean, say a cleaning every 6 months, you should expect no less than 3 years of life from this filter. The replacement impeller is fairly cheap if it does break and Penn Plax is quick to swap out any bad motors.

Fluval 06 Series Canister Filter


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Tank Size Filtration
Stages
Noise Level Longevity Price
25 – 100 Gallons 4 Very Low 5+ Years Medium

The Fluval 06 series canister filter is the second best canister filter out there, as it rings about the same filtration as Eheim but for a higher price. The trade if is this model is significantly easier to use, is built a bit more durable and is much smaller than the Eheim.

Dimensions
  • Fluval 106 : 25 gal
  • 2″L x 2.8″W x 7.5″H
  • Fluval 206 : 45 gal
  • 4″L x 3″W x 6″H
  • Fluval 306 : 70 gal
  • 3.5″L x 3″W x 8″H
  • Fluval 406 : 100 gal
  • 4″L x 3.5″W x 8″H
Set-up

Fluval sends the 06 series with everything you need to get it up and running. Start by opening up the filter, which is done by undoing the two side latches. This exposes the motor, which is located in the cover, as well as the filter media. By removing the motors cover you will find some protective foam, which should be removed. Reapply the red cover and then remove the filter media baskets.

The filter media baskets should contain in order from top to bottom:

  • A fine black mechanical filter media
  • Bio media to house beneficial bacteria
  • Two baskets of chemical filtration. Do not remove these from their bags

Rinse off the bio-media and put the filter back together. Next find the quick release valve, which will be two valves attached to one another via a red body with a white lever. Slide this onto the input/output of the filter and push down the red lever. You are now ready to attach the tubing.

The tube comes in one piece and will need to be cut to size. Measure the tubing so that only a few inches of slack will be left on the tubing between your tank and the filter. Be sure to use the provided tubing attachments when measuring.

The tubing comes with two C shaped clamps that will curve the tubing and hold it in place in the tank with the aid of the provided suction cups. This gives the filter a professional look rather than just hanging tubes. Fit the tubing around these clamps and use the extra small c shape clamps to clip the tubes to the clamp.

With the tubing in place you are ready to prime. This is done by using the small white pump on the top of the filter. Once you hear water rushing into the filter you will see a lot of air coming out of the input. This is normal. Simply wait until the air bubbles stop you may switch the canister filter on.

Cleaning

To start unplug the filter and close the quick release valve by lifting the white lever. You can then remove the quick release valve, but it will drop about a tablespoon of water.

With the tubing removed you can take the canister filter somewhere to be cleaned. Remove the top of the filter by undoing the two side clamps and then remove the filter media baskets.

Open up the motor again and clean off the impeller gently. You may rinse or replace the filter media at your own discretion. Remember to only use tank water to clean the filter media, as tap water will kill any beneficial bacteria.

Dump out the rest of the canister filters water and give it a quick rinse and wipe down. Don’t forget to remove the large white filter media located on the side of the filter baskets.

When putting the filter media baskets back into the filter you will want it to be in this order (top to bottom):

  • chemical filtration
  • Bio-media
  • mechanical filter media

This will keep the bio-media from catching large debris and keep them away from the direct chemical filtration.

With everything back in place clip the latches back onto the filter and put it back in its home. Be sure to wipe the bottom of the filter before leaving it in the cabinet. Reattach the quick release valve and open it back up. The filter should start priming on its own, but if it does not simply use the pump on the top of the filter again.

Warranty & Lifetime

There is a three year warranty on the Fluval 06 canister filter with excellent customer service provided by Fluval. When contacting them they seem to call themselves Hagen, their parents companies name.

Typical use will see this filter lasting sometime over four years, however the o-ring is somewhat prone to wear. This will usually be noticed by a low hum coming from the filter, much louder than it was when you got it. Try to get this replaced sooner rather than later, as it can cause leaks over time.

Fluval Fx Series Canister Filter


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Tank Size Filtration
Stages
Noise Level Longevity Price
100 – 400 Gallons 4 Very Low 5+ Years High

The Fluval FX Series is made for large tanks that most canister filters simply cannot handle. It offers amazing filtration strength, reminder for water changes and filter cleanings, instant aqua stop valves, a purge valve at the bottom of the filter, a super quick clean up (a few minutes max) and plenty more.

Owners of this filter will typically have large fish, such as triggers, puffers, eels, multiple tangs and large gold fish. Because the filter is meant to deal with these messy fish Fluval has upgraded the design multiple times, making the impeller more resistant and even quieter than when the canister filter was first released.

Specs
  • Fluval FX4
  • Suitable for 100-250 gal tanks
  • Max Head Height: 6.9′
  • 15.6″L x 15.6″W x 17.7″H
  • Wattage: 30W
  • Pump Output: 700 gph
  • Filter Circulation 450 gph
  • Fluval FX6
  • Suitable for 250-400 gal tanks
  • 16″L x 16″W x 21″H
  • Max Head Height: 10.8′
  • Wattage: 43W
  • Pump Output: 925 gph
  • Filter Circulation: 563 gph
Set-up

The filters large body allows for one of the easiest to work with canister filter designs I have ever seen. To start undo the eight knobs on the top of the canister filter and remove the lid. Next remove the filter media baskets by using the small red t handles located on the side of the baskets. This will remove all of the baskets at once.

Remove each basket and rinse/open each media before replacing them back in the baskets. They should be in this order:

  • A fine black mechanical filter media on the top
  • Bio media to house beneficial bacteria in the middle
  • A Chemical filtration basket on the bottom

The water will pass through the filter from top to bottom, allowing the mechanical filtration to keep the biological media unclogged. The bio-media will clean the water before passing it on to the chemical filtration. The keeps the bio-media away from the chemicals while also not filtering out any of the chemicals before it can treat your tank.

Check the purge valve located at the bottom of the tank. This should be perpendicular to the tube to be closed.the end should have a white plug held in place by a red lock nut.

With this done you can fill the canister filter with tank water. Use 1.6 gallons for the FX4 and 2 gallons for the FX6, then place the cover back on the top of the canister filter. Screw the knobs back into place and find the tubing and aqua stop valves. These will be the turnable valves that will be on top of the canister filter.

Connect the aqua stop valves to the top of the filter with small pushes and twists until they are secure. They will form a water tight seal on their own.

Next you will want to connect the end of the tube to one of the U shaped rim connector. Secure the tube in place using the smaller C shaped clips. These should snap into place, holding the tubing and forming a professional looking fixture for the tubes. Place the end of the tube in the tank and hold the other section of tubing to your filter. Cut the tubing so that there is a few inches of slack. Repeat this for the second tube.

The rim connectors will attach to the tank using the provided suction cups as well as their own clamping force. You can remove the tubing and attach the intake strainer and whichever method of output you like.

Place the tubes in the tank and connect the output first and then the intake tube. Screw them into place and make sure they are secure before plugging in the canister filter. The filter should begin running normally.

Note:
Every time the pump starts it will run for one minute, pause for two minutes to remove trapped air and then run constantly. This will occur every 12 hours.

Located on the top of the filter are two handy timers to help you keep track of when you last did a water change as well as when you last cleaned out the canister filter.

Cleaning

Cleaning the Fluval FX series canister filter is a quick process that you will only need to do a few times each year. Start by unplugging the canister filter and shutting the aqua stop valves. This is done by turning the red valves. With this done you can remove the tubes and aqua stop valves and carry off the canister filter.

If the canister filter is in a difficult to reach spot you may want to drain the water from the canister, making it much lighter. To do this attach a tube to the purge valve and drain out the water. To do this you will need to un-tighten the red lock nut and remove the white plug. Next you will need to attach the tube and put the end of the tube in a bucket or something to catch the water that will flow out of the filter. This is gravity operated so the water will only flow until the water levels are equalized. Close the purge valve when you are done.

Undo the eight white knobs on the top of the filter and remove the top of the filter. Next remove the baskets using the red T handles on the sides of the basket. Rinse or replace your filter media, but do not rinse the bio-media.

Rinse off the canister filters body and dump out all the excess water. Flip the canister filter upside down and unscrew the motor. Clean out the impeller and reattach the motor once it is cleaned. Remember to use non abrasive tools on the motor, as even minor scratches can cause irregular spinning, shortening the lifetime of the impeller.

Reassemble the canister filter, put it back in place and fill it back up with aquarium safe water. 1.6 gallons for the FX4 and 2 gallons for the FX6. Place the cover on, ensure that the rubber o-ring between the lid and canister filter is not pinched oddly and tighten the eight white knobs again. Reconnect the tubes and open the aqua stop valve. Plug the canister filter back in to finish.

Warranty & Lifetime

Fluval has some of the best customer service I have used before and they often go a bit beyond their warranty to help out customers. Simply have your model or part number ready and call them at one of these numbers:

  • US: 1-800-724-2436 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern standard time.
  • Canada: 1-800-554-2436 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern standard time.
  • UK: 01977 521015 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Simply ask for customer service when prompted to do so.
There is a Three year warranty on the FX series canister filter, which covers most damages. The main exceptions are user error such as drops or water damage caused by the lack of a drip loop.

The motor is built to last on this filter and the impeller has been redesigned multiple times. Each time the impeller has become stronger, quieter and better seated to reduce stress. Most users will see more than four years before any part needs to be replaced. The parts are significantly cheaper than a new canister filter, often under $20, meaning the filter will easily outlast most tanks when well maintained. The only two components you should have to watch are the O ring and the impeller.

4 Best 29-45 Gallon Aquarium Stands 2018

Petco Brooklyn 29 Gallon Stand Aquatic Fundamentals 30/38/45 Gallon Upright Stand Marco 29 Gallon Upright Stand or 30-45 Gallon Upright Stand Altra Furniture Harbor 29-37 Gallon Stand
Dimensions: L x W x H 30 x 12.5 x 29.5 inches 37.4 x 13.1 x 28.2 inches 29 Gallon:
31.37 x 13.12 x 28.25 inches30-45 Gallon:
37.37 x 13.2 x 28.25 inches
33.1 x 14.7 x 30.3 inches
Material Steel Dense Fiberboard Dense Fiberboard and Melamine laminate Particleboard
Product Weight 20.4 pounds 51 pounds ~ 50 pounds 64 pounds
Color Black Black Black
Oak
Cherry
Black
Price $ $$ $$$ $$$
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The following aquarium stands will fit a range of stands from 29 gallons to 45 gallons. Please see the dimension descriptions to find out which stands support which size aquariums specifically.

Petco Brooklyn 29 Gallon Stand


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Design

The Petco Brooklyn 29 gallon aquarium stand is made specifically to fit 29 gallon aquariums. The dimensions of this stand are 30 L x 12.5 W x 29.5 H inches, and the dimensions of a standard 29 gallon aquarium tank are 30 L x 12.5 W x 18 H inches.

Warranty

The Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon aquarium stand is covered by Petco’s warranty.

Return the stand to any local Petco or Unleashed by Petco within 60 days of your initial shipment date to get a full refund. If you have your receipt with you, you may get credit back on your source of payment. If you do not have your receipt, Petco will give you in-store credit.

If you do not live by Petco or Unleashed by Petco you may return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase date. On your Amazon account, go to orders and select the Petco Brooklyn stand. Request a return shipping label. Securely package the stand and send it back to Amazon via UPS using the return shipping label from Amazon. You can choose to get credit back in the original payment form or in the form of an Amazon gift card.

Aquatic Fundamentals 30/38/45 Gallon Upright Stand


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Design

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand is made out of dense fiberboard. This material ensures that the whole stand supports your fish tank instead of just corners.

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand has a moisture-resistant, black powder-coat finish on top of the fiberboard. This means that you do not need to worry about getting the stand wet because you can wipe it off and the stand will not be deteriorated.

The fasteners used in the stand are metal. The metal-to-metal locking cam fasteners are much sturdier and reliable than traditional wood screws found in lower quality stands. With the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand, you will feel confident that your fish tank will be safe and supported.

The black color makes the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand look stunningly sleek and modern in any home.

The assembly of the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand involves locking fasteners and panels into place. A helpful assembly manual with pictures is provided to make the task easy. Watch the video below to get a sense of the assembly process.

Warranty

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand is covered under the Marco Group, Inc warranty for defects in material and workmanship involving the stand for 90 days from the date of purchasing the product. This means that using the warranty, you can replace parts of the stand that may be damaged due to workmanship, or return the stand if it is damaged due to workmanship within 90 days of purchase.

Damage due to placing a heavier tank than a 55 gallon tank on the stand will not be covered by the warranty.

Damage self-inflicted intentionally or by accident to the stand will not be covered by the warranty.

If you wish to return the stand within 30 days of your initial purchase date, you may also do so using your Amazon warranty. To do this, go to the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand in the orders tab of your Amazon account. Print the return label and package the stand securely in a box with the label attached. Drop the package off at your local UPS store to send back to Amazon to get a refund in the form of original credit or an Amazon gift card.

Marco 29 Gallon Upright Stand and 30-45 Gallon Upright Stand


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Design

The Marco upright stand is made from dense fiberboard which supports every inch of your aquarium, not only at corners. You can feel safe that your aquarium is held stable with this stand.

The Marco upright stand’s fiberboard is covered in melamine laminate which is glossy and waterproof. Water will not hurt this aquarium stand unless the stand’s melamine laminate is somehow torn off.

The Marco upright stand features metal-to-metal cam locks to hold the stand together reliably instead of wood screws. This ensures your stand is stable and not wobbly, while confiding that the stand will not collapse ever.

The back of the stand has a large opening which leads to the inside of the stand which is open. Here you can store equipment such as sumps and canister filters. This also allows you to hide your cords here which lead up to your aquarium display.

The Marco upright stand is available in black, cherry, or oak color. This means that you can choose the color which best suites your home or preference.

The Marco upright stand is simple to assemble. Simply lock the metal cam locks together to put together the fiberboard panels. Follow the instructions manual for assistance.

Warranty

The Marco 29 gallon upright stand and the Marco 30-45 gallon upright stand are covered by the No-Hassle Petsmart warrantypetc. Within 60 days you will get a full refund if you have records of purchasesuch as the receipt or order confirmation email. After 60 days you may still be able to return the item with a confirmation of purchase document, but you may recieve less credit if the item has decreased in price since the date you bought it.

To return the stand in-store, bring the stand in its original package to the store along with the shipping confirmation email or packing slip. The refund credit will be given to you in the form of your original payment method.

To return the stand by mail, pack the item securely with the packing slip inside, and attach the return shipping label on the package. The shipping charge will be paid by the customer. Your refund minus the shipping charge will be given back to you in the form of original payment credit

If you wish you can also return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase. You can do this in the orders tab in your Amazon account by selecting the stand and printing a shipping return label. Securely package the stand in a box, with the shipping return label attached. Drop the package off at your local UPS store to send back to Amazon. You can choose to get refunded via original payment method or choose to get an Amazon gift card.

Altra Furniture Harbor 29-37 Gallon Stand


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Design

The Altra Furniture harbor stand can hold up to a 75 gallon aquarium. The weight capacity of this stand is 900 pounds. This means that if you are nervous about a stand holding your aquarium, you can be at ease of mind with this stand if you have a 55 gallon aquarium because it was made to withstand up to 176 pounds more of water when a 75 gallon is placed atop.

The Altra Furniture harbor stand is made out of particleboard which is essentially recycled wood chips compacted tightly. This makes for strong boards that give support under your whole aquarium and not just at the ends.

A con is that there is no mention of the stand being water-resistant. This means if the stand gets wet it may get damaged and weaken if not dried immediately.

The Altra Furniture harbor stand has black finish and brushed-nickel handles to add style to any room in your house.

The highlight of the Altra Furniture harbor stand is the storage capacity. This stand has 2 large cabinet doors underneath your aquarium for hidden storage for aquarium equipment such as nets, water treatments, and substrate. The middle of the stand is open and has 2 shelves for exterior storage for often-used items such as fish food or for decorations. One shelf is adjustable so you can decide how high you want it. The con with the storage is that the cabinets do not provide enough space to place a large canister filter or sump within if you use these.

The assembly is a bit difficult because there is many small pieces and different boards to put together. However, Altra Furniture does provide this manual with pictures to make the assembly doable within an hour. I recommended you do not mind assembly if you purchase this stand.

Warranty

Altra Furniture provides a 1 year warranty policy to remedy defects in material or workmanship. This means they will replace or repair any defective parts that you may get upon unboxing the stand. Altra Furniture’s warranty does not include assembly labor.

Altra Furniture’s warranty policy does not cover damage that is intentionally or accidentally inflicted upon the stand by yourself. This means you will get no help if the damage is done by improper assembly, alteration, or misuse such as placing too heavy an aquarium on the stand.

To obtain Altra Furniture’s warranty service you must present them with your original bill of purchase and the instruction manual for the stand.

If you are unsatisfied with the stand, you may return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase to get a refund. To do this, click on the stand order in your Amazon account and select the option to get a return shipping label. Package the item securely including the return slip inside, and attach the shipping label to the box. Give the box to your local UPS store to ship back to Amazon. You should be refunded within one week in the form of either your original payment method or an Amazon gift card depending upon which you chose to get.

Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand Review

Model Size Dimensions:
L x W x H
Top Shelf Dimensions: L x W Bottom Shelf Dimensions: L x W
20 x 10 22.875 x 16.125 x 28.25 inches 20 x 10 inches 17 x 9 inches View On Amazon
24 x 8 27.25 x 14.125 x 28.25 inches 24 x 8 inches 20 x 10 inches View On Amazon
24 x 12 28.375 x 18.125 x 5.375 inches 24 x 12 inches 20 x 10 inches View On Amazon
30 x 8 31.25 x 15 x 5 inches 30 x 8 inches 24 x 13 inches View On Amazon
30 x 12 31.25 x 18.125 x 5.375 inches 30 x 12 inches 24 x 13 inches View On Amazon
Fitting Tank Sizes

The tank sizes that fit the stand models can be either perfect fits or smaller fits. A tank size with equal or smaller dimensions than the shelf it will be placed on will fit. The top shelf fits a larger aquarium size because the aquarium stand’s legs intersect with the bottom level.

20 x 10 model:

The top shelf of the 20 x 10 model will fit a 20 L x 10 W inches tank at most. Close fit tanks for this top shelf would be a standard 10 gallon leader tank which is approximately 20 L x 10 W inches. A smaller dimension tank will also fit this top shelf, such as a 5.5 gallon nano tank which is approximately 17 L x 9 W inches.

The bottom shelf of the 20 x 10 model will fit closely a 5.5 gallon tank which dimensions are 17 L x 9 W inches. A smaller tank can also be used, such as a 2.5 gallon nano tank with dimensions 13 L x 6 W inches.

24 x 8 model:

The top shelf of the 24 x 8 model will closely fit the Aqueon 13 Widescreen tank which dimensions are 24 L x 8 W inches. A 10 gallon tank or less will also fit on the top shelf.

The bottom shelf of the 24 x 8 model will closely fit a standard 10 gallon tank with dimensions 20 L x 10 W inches. A smaller tank such as a 5.5 gallon tank will also fit on the bottom shelf.

24 x 12 model:

The top shelf of the 24 x 12 model will closely fit a standard 15 gallon tank with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches. A 20 gallon high tank with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches will also fit. Another tank that will fit is the standard 25 gallon tank with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches.

The bottom shelf of the 24 x 12 model will closely fit a standard 10 gallon tank. A smaller tank such as a 5.5 gallon tank will also fit.

30 x 8 model:

The top shelf of the 30 x 8 model will fit a standard 25 gallon tank with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches. Another tank that will fit is the 20 gallon high with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches. Really the 30 x 8 model cannot fit anything more than the 24 x 12 model on top due to its small width.

The bottom shelf of the 30 x 8 model will fit closely basically the same tanks as the top. The bottom shelf will fit a 25 gallon tank or a 20 gallon high tank, as well as any smaller tanks that are not 20 gallon long tanks.

30 x 12 model:

The top shelf of the 30 x 12 model will closely fit 20 gallon long tank with dimensions 30 L x 12 W inches. Another great fit is the standard 29 gallon tank with dimensions 30 L x 12 W inches. Besides these two, any smaller gallon tank can fit. This model can fit long versions of tanks very well.

The bottom shelf of the 30 x 12 model closely fits standard 15 gallon tanks with dimensions 24 L x 12 W inches. Any smaller tank will usually work including long and high versions of tanks.

The Aqueon Forge stand is easy to assemble. All that is needed is to slide the panels together.

Design

The Aqueon Forge stand is unique as it provides 2 shelves of pet space. This enables you to mix and match 2 aquariums, terrariums, and small critter cages.

The Aqueon Forge stand is made of black-coated steel. This makes the stand very durable and sturdy to support your tanks. This also makes the stand hard to damage, preventing it from weakening over time for maximum safety. The black color looks sleek and will suit any style home.

The Aqueon Forge stand is coated in rust-resistant powder finish. This means that water damage will not deteriorate the strength of your aquarium stand, so you do not need to worry about water incidents.

The Aqueon Forge stand has reversible black and brown wood panels holding your tanks. This makes it possible for you to match your stand better to your home environment or liking.

The Aqueon Forge stand top shelf wood panel flips upwards so that you can access the bottom aquarium as easily as the top. This means when cleaning the bottom tank you will be able to easily reach inside the tank if you move the aquarium on the top.

If the bottom panel is not used for a second tank, it can b a great storage use. You can place any pet equipment you have on the bottom panel if it is not used.

Warranty

Aqueon offers a lifetime warranty on the Aqueon Forge aquarium stand as long as it is a manufacturer defect. This means you will not get a warranty if you:

1. Place a heavier tank than the recommended tank on the stand

2. Damage the stand by accident or intentionally

Basically Aqueon will replace the stand if the stand is damaged out of the box, or if the stand rusts over since Aqueon makes the claim that the stand is rust-resistant.

You can contact Aqueon customer service Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM CST at 1-888-255-4527. You can also fill out this form to submit a problem to Aqueon’s customer service.

If you are unsatisfied with your Aqueon Forge stand out of the box, you can contact Amazon within 30 days of the initial shipment date to get a refund on the product in the form of original credit or Amazon gift card. To do this, log in to your Amazon account and go to orders to view the return form. Print the return slip, package the stand securely in a box with the return slip attached, and drop the box off at your local UPS store to ship back to Amazon. Your refund should be credited within one week.

5 Best 20 Gallon Aquarium Stands

Advanced Aqua Tanks:
Laguna
Aqueon Forge Petco Brooklyn Altra Cove Aquatic Fundamentals
32 x 13 x 31.5 inches 31.2 x 18.2 x 5 inches 30 x 12.5 x 29.5 inches 30.1 x 15.7 x 30.1 inches 31 x 13.5 x 27.9 inches
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Finding the perfect 20 gallon aquarium stand for your 20 gallon aquarium is essential. The aquarium stand you choose will likely furnish your house for 10 years or more. We want you to select a 20 gallon aquarium stand that is durable so that you can feel safe about your aquarium. We want you to select a 20 gallon aquarium stand that is water-resistant so that you can be worry-free of accidental water splashings when performing water changes on your aquarium. Lastly, we want you to love the visual appeal of your 20 gallon aquarium stand. If this stand will furnish your favorite room for years, we need the stand to appeal to you and suit your house.

Keeping durability, water-resistance, and visual appeal in mind, we must make sure the stand fits your aquarium. There are 2 standard dimensions for 20 gallon aquarium tanks. We must make sure you know if your aquarium is 20 gallon high or 20 gallon long, so that we can ensure your fish tank fits the 20 gallon aquarium stand’s dimensions. These dimensions are:

  • High: 24 L x 12 W x 16 H inches
  • Long: 30 L x 12 W x 12 H inches

The following 20 gallon aquarium stands will fit both a 20 gallon long aquarium and a 20 gallon high aquarium. The dimensions listed in the table at the top of this page fit the long 20 gallon aquariums perfectly. A few of the 20 gallon aquarium stands listed above also are available in slightly smaller models that make closer fits for 20 gallon high aquariums. We will discuss all the details of these 5 great 20 gallon aquarium stands below.

Advanced Aqua Tanks: Laguna


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The Advanced Aqua Tanks Laguna Aquarium Stand is the perfect 20 gallon aquarium stand for those looking for high quality furniture for their home. This stand fits both high 20 gallon aquariums and tall 20 gallon aquariums as our recommended size is 32 L x 13 W x 31.5 H inches. For this 20 gallon aquarium stand there is no smaller, closer fit for a 20 gallon high aquarium.

Features of the Advanced Aqua Tanks Laguna Aquarium Stand include:

    • Made from pine plywood and solid wood

 

    • Stained in Light Pine color

 

    • Comes pre-assembled: no hassle

 

  • Will provide years and years of reliability
Warranty

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, Petsmart has a no-hassle return policy. To return this 20 gallon aquarium stand, you could return it by mail or in store.

By mail you would pack the item securely, include the packing slip, attach the return label provided, and drop off at the UPS store. However, shipping is paid by the customer.

To return the item in store, simply bring the 20 gallon aquarium stand to the store in its original packing, with the packing slip or email of confirmation of purchase. If you have the credit card you paid with, Petsmart will refund the money back onto this card. The alternative would be to get in store cash.

Aqueon Forge


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The Aqueon Forge 20 gallon aquarium stand is great for those artists out there who love to add creative, modern furniture to their home. The Aqueon Forge is also amazing for pet-lovers and family because it can hold 2 aquariums! The more pets, the more fun. The Aqueon Forge 20 gallon aquarium stand features:

    • Inexpensive price

 

    • Water-and-rust-resistant powder finish

 

    • Sturdy durable construction for safety

 

    • Sleek black color finish

 

    • Capability to hold up to 2 aquariums

 

    • Reversible brown and black panels for color personalization

 

  • Creative touch to your home
Dimensions

The Aqueon Forge 20 gallon aquarium stand has 2 models with different dimensions:

    • 24 by 12 inch: 28.5 x 18.2 x 5 inches

 

  • 30 by 12 inch: 31.2 x 15 x 5 inches

Due to the above dimensions and the stands’ weight capacities, certain tank sizes or smaller fit on each stand. Keep in mind that any tank with a lesser gallon size than the highest gallon for each stand is compatible as long as the dimensions fit inside the stand dimensions.

For the 24 by 12 inch stand a 20 gallon high tank or 25 gallon tank fit best on the top shelf while a 10 gallon tank will fit on the bottom shelf.

For the 30 by 12 inch stand a 20 gallon long tank or 29 gallon tank fit best on the top shelf, while a 15 gallon tank fits perfectly on the bottom shelf.

Warranty

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the Aqueon Forge 20 gallon aquarium stand, do not fret to return it easily. To return, simply go to Amazon.com and request a return label. Box the stand securely, and place the return label on the box. Drop the box off at your local UPS store to send the stand back to Amazon. If your aquarium stand was damaged, you will have no shipping fee. If you simply do not like the stand, there will be a small shipping return fee.

Petco Brooklyn


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The Petco Brooklyn 20 gallon aquarium stand is great for people who are searching for a simple, durable, and modern aquarium stand for their household. This 20 gallon aquarium stand has:

    • Modern with black color finish

 

    • Inexpensive

 

    • Durable: made from solid steel

 

    • Adjustable legs for leveling to suit your home

 

  • Compact shape: easy to place most everywhere

The Petco Brooklyn 20 gallon aquarium stand comes out of its box ready to place in your home. The stand is approximately 30 inches in height. The Petco Brooklyn aquarium stand is sleek black, modern, and durable, so it is safe and appealing to go anywhere in your house.

Dimensions

The Petco Brooklyn 20 gallon aquarium stand’s dimensions are 30 x 12.5 x 29.5. This means the Petco Brooklyn aquarium stand is capable of fitting both the 20 gallon long aquarium, and the 20 gallon high aquarium. The 20 gallon long aquarium will be an exact fit lengthwise and almost be an exact fit depthwise. The 20 gallon high aquarium will have 6 inches total to spare lengthwise and almost be an exact fit depthwise.

Warranty

If you dislike the Petco Brooklyn 20 gallon aquarium stand for any reason, contact Amazon and ask for a return slip within 30 days of purchase. Simply package the stand securely in a box with its return slip and label provided, and drop it off at your local UPS store. If the stand is being returned because it arrived damaged, shipping back will be free. If you simply do not like the stand, there will be a small return shipping fee.

Altra Cove


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The Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand suits any user who desires style mixed with convenience. The Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand is stylish with its Black Forest paint and modern silver cabinet handles. The color of the Altra Cove fits any home environment or color scheme. The Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand is convenient because it has massive storage. The stand has 4 open cubbies to place equipment or decorations, along with 2 cabinet doors to hide equipment and make your house look clutter-free. If this is not enough, durability is also great. The Altra Cove can hold up to 240 pounds. A 20 gallon aquarium only weights about 160 pounds, so there is 80 pounds of lenience and storage. The Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand features:

    • Modern color scheme: black and silver paint

 

    • Weight capacity of 240 pounds

 

    • 4 open cubbies for storage

 

    • 2 cabinet doors for out-of-view storage

 

  • rectangular shape perfect to stand against wall
Dimensions

The Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand’s dimensions are 31 x 13.5 x 30.1 inches. Both a long 20 gallon aquarium and a high 20 gallon aquarium will fit on top of this stand. This means that a long 20 gallon aquarium will have about 1 inch lengthwise to spare, and 1 inch depthwise to spare. A high 20 gallon aquarium will have about 7 inches lengthwise to spare and 1 inch depthwise to spare.

Warranty

If you are unhappy with the Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand for any reason, simply return it to Amazon within 30 days of purchase. To do so, contact Amazon to get a return label and sticker. Securely package the Altra Cove 20 gallon aquarium stand in its box, and drop it off at the UPS store with its label inside, and shipping sticker attached on the outside. If your stand was damaged it will be free return shipping. If the stand was just unsatisfactory, there will be a small return shipping fee.

Aquatic Fundamentals


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The Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand showcases your fish high in the sky, above ground-level storage cabinets. The Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand is trendy and modern with its unique layout. This aquarium stand is durable, water-resistant, and practical for storage uses. The Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand features:

    • Durability: made from medium density fiberboard

 

    • Moisture resistant

 

    • Black powder coated finish

 

    • Metal locking legs for stability

 

    • Inexpensive

 

    • 2 cabinets on ground-level for hidden storage

 

  • Unique and modern design
Dimensions

The Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand’s dimensions are 31 x 13.5 x 27.9 inches. This means a 20 gallon long aquarium will have about an inch to spare lengthwise and an inch to spare depthwise when on top of the stand. A 20 gallon high aquarium will have about 7 inches to spare lengthwise and 1 inch to spare depthwise. The Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand weighs 56.4 pounds.

Warranty

If you are unhappy with the Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand, feel free to return the stand within 30 days of purchase to Amazon. To do this, contact Amazon to get a return label and return shipping label. Place the return label in the box, and the shipping label on the box. Securely package the stand in the box. Drop the box off at your local UPS store to ship back to Amazon. If your Aquatic Fundamentals 20 gallon aquarium stand is damaged, you will recieve free return shipping. If you simply do not like the stand, there will be a small return fee.


Many of the above stands are also available as 10 gallon aquarium stands.

The 4 Best 10 Gallon Aquarium Stands

Aqueon Essence Aquatic Fundamentals Petco Brooklyn Aqueon Forge
21.5 L x 11.5 W x 28.82 H inches

25.5 L x 13.8 W x 28.7 H inches

25 L x 14.5 W x 27.9 H inches 20.5″ L X 10.5″ W X 29.5″ H inches

30 L x 12.5 W x 29.5 H inches

28.2 L x 16.2 W x 5 H inches
22 pounds 23.8 pounds 19.2 pounds 15 pounds
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When searching for the perfect 10 gallon aquarium stand for your 10 gallon fish tank, reliability is of utmost importance. 10 gallon fish tanks have 2 common sizes: the 10 gallon leader which is 20 L x 11 W x 13 H inches, and the 10 gallon long which is 24 L x 9 W x 13 H inches. Two vital standards must be set regarding reliability:

Durability: The 10 gallon aquarium stand must be durable as it will be holding 80 gallons of water or more. The 10 gallon aquarium stand cannot have any risk of falling apart; it would be highly dangerous to the lives of your household and fish. For this reason, your 10 gallon aquarium stand must be made out of thick, durable wood, or heavy duty steel.

Water-Resistance: Your 10 gallon aquarium is filled to the brim with 80 gallons of water. As children play in your fish tank, and as accidents happen while doing water changes, water is bound to spill onto your 10 gallon aquarium stand sooner or later. There are wo easy solutions leading to a worry-free water zone around your 10 gallon aquarium stand. Your aquarium stand can be made out of durable steel that cannot decay, or your aquarium can be coated in a layer of water-resistant finish.

When it comes to furniture, safety comes first and style comes second. Confident that your 10 gallon aquarium stand is sturdy and reliable to hold your fish tank, we can move on to choosing a stand that suits your home, use, and heart.

Style: The Aquatic Fundamentals stand is black, modern, and can be used as a shelf to store fish equipment below the aquarium. The Petco Brooklyn stand comes in trendy black or original metal, and features a stylish look to suit any home. The Aqueon Forge stand is great for pet lovers as it can hold two tanks! The Aqueon Forge also offers a choice of color with its reversable black and brown steel platforms. The classic Aqueon Essence goes back to old times with its traditional black wood design, and is great for storage as it has plenty of shelfing inside.

With the 3 standards: durability, water-resistance, and style, we can begin looking at 4 great 10 gallon aquarium stand options.


Aqueon Essence


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The Aqueon Essence is a great, rectangular 10 gallon aquarium stand. The material it is built out of is heavy-duty fiber board. It meets all of the 3 above standards as it has:

    • Strong and durable fiber board design

 

    • Water-resistant top

 

    • Contemporary design

 

    • Shelfing for storage and decoration

 

  • Pre-assembled and ready to use
Dimensions

The Aqueon Essence comes in various sizes. The standard size for a 10 gallon aquarium is the 20 inch model which is 21.5 x 28.8 x 11.5 inches. The 10 gallon leader tank will fit the 20 inch model perfectly. If you have a 10 gallon long tank, the Aqueon Essence comes in a 24-inch model that is 25.5 x 28.7 x 13.8 inches and will fit perfectly.

 

Warranty

The only downside is that sometimes the Aqueon Essence is damaged while shipping. There are times when people have opened the box to find tears, or loose bolts. Do not fret! If your Aqueon Essence from Amazon.com arrives damaged, simply return it for free within Amazon’s 30 day guarantee.


Aquatic Fundamentals


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The Aquatic Fundamentals 10/20 Gallon Shelf Aquarium Stand meets all our safety, use, and style standards with its:

    • Steel, locked legs

 

    • Medium density fiber board construction

 

    • Solid, high density fiber board top

 

    • Moisture-resistance power finish

 

    • Black, stylish color

 

    • 2 levels of shelfing space

 

  • Easy assembly
Dimensions

The Aquatic Fundamentals 10 gallon aquarium stand will fit both a 10 gallon leader tank or a 10 gallon long tank with its dimensions of 25 L x 14.5 W x 27.9 H inches.

Style

The Aquatic Fundamentals 10 Gallon Aquarium Stand is sturdy to hold a 10 gallon or 20 gallon aquarium on its top. Do not place any aquariums on the bottom 2 shelves. The bottom 2 shelves are for placing lighter-weight items such as aquarium equipment. This little stand is convenient, lightweight, and does not take up much space in your house. This means it can be placed almost anywhere in your home, and will only add to the style of a room.

Warranty

Most users have found the Aquatic Fundamentals Shelf Aquarium Stand to be durable, convenient, and trendy. The one downside is that once in a while the legs may get crooked in shipping. If your stand leg arrives crooked, do not hesitate to contact Amazon and exchange the stand for a different, better condition one within your 30 day Amazon warranty.


Petco Brooklyn

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The Petco Brooklyn 10 Gallon Metal Tank Stand passes inspection with its:

    • Inexpensive cost

 

    • Durable, solid steel construction

 

    • Adjustable legs to level its top

 

    • Modern design and black finish

 

  • Small size that can be placed anywhere
Dimensions

The Petco Brooklyn stand model with dimensions 20.5 L x 10.5 W x 29.5 H inches fits a 10 gallon leader tank well. If you have a 10 gallon long tank you can buy this stand and have the tank stick off the ends a small amount, or buy the Petco Brooklyn 29 gallon model which has dimensions 30 L x 12.5 W x 29.5 H inches. If you decide to purchase the larger size your tank will not completely reach the ends of the stand.

Style

You cannot go wrong with the Petco Brooklyn 10 Gallon Metal Stand. This stand is super sturdy, and adjustable. As is, the stand is 30 inches high. Adjusting the legs can level the stand to match your house elevation, and can add a few inches onto the stand’s height. The Petco Brooklyn is chic and black; it will look amazing in any house, and can be used in any location! This is the 10 gallon aquarium stand to purchase if you want something that fits one 10 gallon aquarium, is inexpensive, durable, and appealing to the eye. No doubts here.

Warranty

If you desire a larger stand, a different color stand, or dislike the Petco Brooklyn 10 Gallon Aquarium Stand for any reason, feel free to get a guaranteed refund from Amazon.com within 30 days of purchase.


Aqueon Forge


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The Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand meets our safety and style standards, as well as overachieving in the creative department with:

    • Durable steel construction

 

    • Reversible black and brown colored panels

 

    • Hold 2 aquariums: a 10 gallon on top, and a smaller tank on the bottom

 

    • Water-resistant and rust-resistant powder finish

 

    • Fairly inexpensive

 

  • Trendy, creative design that makes for family-fun

 

Dimensions

The 20 by 10 inch Aqueon Forge aquarium stand fits both 10 gallon leader tanks and 10 gallon long tanks with its 28.2 L x 16.2 W x 5 H inches dimensions.

Style

The Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand turns aquarium keeping into an art, with its beautiful idea to make 1 stand compact enough to hold 2 aquariums. You could have different varieties of fish on the top and bottom levels, or have fish on one level and a different reptile on another. There are many possibilities! Besides this, the Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand lets you customize its color on either your preference, or your mood. Feel free to use the brown side or the black side of the panels when you set this bad boy up. Two tanks of water a worry? Not with this stand! The stand is totally water-and-rust-resistant from top to bottom. Spill water? Only the mop cares! Even if the Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand did get wet, it is made of steel and will never crumble because of moisture. This stand is beautiful, safe, fun, and brings the whole pet-loving family together.

Warranty

If you decide you would like a more traditional stand, do not want 2 platforms on your stand, or dislike the stand for any reason, do not hesitate to contact Amazon.com and get your guaranteed refund within 30 days of purchase.


Looking for a larger aquarium stand to fit a 20 gallon aquarium? Check out the best 20 gallon aquarium stands available.

The 4 Best 55 Gallon Aquarium Stands

Petco Brooklyn 55 Gallon Stand Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Stand Marco 55 Gallon Upright Stand Altra Furniture Harbor 50-75 Gallon Stand
Dimensions: L x W x H 48.5 x 13.5 x 29.5 inches 49.4 x 13.1 x 28.2 inches 49.37 x 13.12 x 28.25 inches 50 x 19.6 x 30.3 inches
Material Steel Dense Fiberboard Dense Fiberboard and Melamine laminate Particleboard
Product Weight 34.5 pounds 74.6 pounds ~ 80 pounds 110 pounds
Price $ $ $$ $$
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Cherry
Black
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The following four 55 gallon aquarium stands will all closely fit a standard 55 gallon tank with dimensions 48 L x 13 W x 21 H inches. These stands will also closely fit 45 gallon long tanks with dimensions 48 L x 13 W x 19 H inches, and 40 gallon long tanks with dimensions 48 L x 13 W x 17 H inches. Other than these 3 close fits, the stand can be used for any tank with smaller dimensions than the stand.

Petco Brooklyn 55 Gallon Stand


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Design

The Petco Brooklyn 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand is made out of durable, solid steel that is finished in a black-colored coat. The solid steel material means that your aquarium stand will securely hold your aquarium, worry-free. Solid steel means that your aquarium stand will not deteriorate or get weaker over time. The solid steel construction also means that if water splashes onto the stand, the stand will not rot like wood. The wet stand will just need to be wiped off and it will be completely fine, especially since there is a coating of black covering the steel. There is barely a chance of rusting when hit with water.

The black finish on the solid steel makes the aquarium stand appear modern and trendy, while looking great in any style of home environment. Keep in mind the black coating is thin, so if scraped it can come off moderately easily.

The Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand has adjustable feet made from solid steel and rubber. These legs can be adjusted taller or shorter to ensure your stand is flat on the ground. This feature comes in handy largely if your flooring is not completely level. The adjustable legs make keeping your Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand on carpet safe.

The design of the Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand is open, so a con for you may be that there is no cabinet storage space. The storage space is just underneath your aquarium, and is not hidden.

The price of the Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand is very low for a 55 gallon aquarium stand, while the stand is highly durable.

The Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand is compact for its size. It can be placed almost anywhere in your home, and will not appear bulky or take up too much space.

The assembly of the Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon stand is easy. Simply use the provided tool and screw the steel panels together. Watch the below video to see how to assemble the Petco Brookyln 55 gallon stand.

Warranty

The Petco Brooklyn 55 gallon aquarium stand is covered by Petco’s warranty.

Return the stand to any local Petco or Unleashed by Petco within 60 days of your initial shipment date to get a full refund. If you have your receipt with you, you may get credit back on your source of payment. If you do not have your receipt, Petco will give you in-store credit.

If you do not live by Petco or Unleashed by Petco you may return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase date. On your Amazon account, go to orders and select the Petco Brooklyn stand. Request a return shipping label. Securely package the stand and send it back to Amazon via UPS using the return shipping label from Amazon. You can choose to get credit back in the original payment form or in the form of an Amazon gift card.

Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Stand


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Design

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand is made out of dense fiberboard. This material ensures that the whole stand supports your fish tank instead of just corners.

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand has a moisture-resistant, black powder-coat finish on top of the fiberboard. This means that you do not need to worry about getting the stand wet because you can wipe it off and the stand will not be deteriorated.

The fasteners used in the stand are metal. The metal-to-metal locking cam fasteners are much sturdier and reliable than traditional wood screws found in lower quality stands. With the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand, you will feel confident that your fish tank will be safe and supported.

The black color makes the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand look stunningly sleek and modern in any home.

The assembly of the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand involves locking fasteners and panels into place. A helpful assembly manual with pictures is provided to make the task easy. Watch the video below to get a sense of the assembly process.

Warranty

The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand is covered under the Marco Group, Inc warranty for defects in material and workmanship involving the stand for 90 days from the date of purchasing the product. This means that using the warranty, you can replace parts of the stand that may be damaged due to workmanship, or return the stand if it is damaged due to workmanship within 90 days of purchase.

Damage due to placing a heavier tank than a 55 gallon tank on the stand will not be covered by the warranty.

Damage self-inflicted intentionally or by accident to the stand will not be covered by the warranty.

If you wish to return the stand within 30 days of your initial purchase date, you may also do so using your Amazon warranty. To do this, go to the Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon upright stand in the orders tab of your Amazon account. Print the return label and package the stand securely in a box with the label attached. Drop the package off at your local UPS store to send back to Amazon to get a refund in the form of original credit or an Amazon gift card.

Marco 55 Gallon Upright Stand


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Design

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand is made from dense fiberboard which supports every inch of your aquarium, not only at corners. You can feel safe that your aquarium is held stable with this stand.

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand’s fiberboard is covered in melamine laminate which is glossy and waterproof. Water will not hurt this aquarium stand unless the stand’s melamine laminate is somehow torn off.

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand features metal-to-metal cam locks to hold the stand together reliably instead of wood screws. This ensures your stand is stable and not wobbly, while confiding that the stand will not collapse ever.

The back of the stand has a large opening which leads to the inside of the stand which is open. Here you can store equipment such as sumps and canister filters. This also allows you to hide your cords here which lead up to your aquarium display.

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand is available in black, cherry, or oak color. This means that you can choose the color which best suites your home or preference.

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand is simple to assemble. Simply lock the metal cam locks together to put together the fiberboard panels. Follow the instructions manual for assistance.

Warranty

The Marco 55 gallon upright stand is covered by the No-Hassle Petsmart warranty. Within 60 days you will get a full refund if you have records of purchase such as the receipt or order confirmation email. After 60 days you may still be able to return the item with a confirmation of purchase document, but you may receive less credit if the item has decreased in price since the date you bought it.

To return the stand in-store, bring the stand in its original package to the store along with the shipping confirmation email or packing slip. The refund credit will be given to you in the form of your original payment method.

To return the stand by mail, pack the item securely with the packing slip inside, and attach the return shipping label on the package. The shipping charge will be paid by the customer. Your refund minus the shipping charge will be given back to you in the form of original payment credit

If you wish you can also return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase. You can do this in the orders tab in your Amazon account by selecting the stand and printing a shipping return label. Securely package the stand in a box, with the shipping return label attached. Drop the package off at your local UPS store to send back to Amazon. You can choose to get refunded via original payment method or choose to get an Amazon gift card.

Altra Furniture Harbor 50-75 Gallon Stand


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Design

The Altra Furniture harbor stand can hold up to a 75 gallon aquarium. The weight capacity of this stand is 900 pounds. This means that if you are nervous about a stand holding your aquarium, you can be at ease of mind with this stand if you have a 55 gallon aquarium because it was made to withstand up to 176 pounds more of water when a 75 gallon is placed atop.

The Altra Furniture harbor stand is made out of particleboard which is essentially recycled wood chips compacted tightly. This makes for strong boards that give support under your whole aquarium and not just at the ends.

A con is that there is no mention of the stand being water-resistant. This means if the stand gets wet it may get damaged and weaken if not dried immediately.

The Altra Furniture harbor stand has black finish and brushed-nickel handles to add style to any room in your house.

The highlight of the Altra Furniture harbor stand is the storage capacity. This stand has 2 large cabinet doors underneath your aquarium for hidden storage for aquarium equipment such as nets, water treatments, and substrate. The middle of the stand is open and has 2 shelves for exterior storage for often-used items such as fish food or for decorations. One shelf is adjustable so you can decide how high you want it. The con with the storage is that the cabinets do not provide enough space to place a large canister filter or sump within if you use these.

The assembly is a bit difficult because there is many small pieces and different boards to put together. However, Altra Furniture does provide this manual with pictures to make the assembly doable within an hour. I recommended you do not mind assembly if you purchase this stand.

Warranty

Altra Furniture provides a 1 year warranty policy to remedy defects in material or workmanship. This means they will replace or repair any defective parts that you may get upon unboxing the stand. Altra Furniture’s warranty does not include assembly labor.

Altra Furniture’s warranty policy does not cover damage that is intentionally or accidentally inflicted upon the stand by yourself. This means you will get no help if the damage is done by improper assembly, alteration, or misuse such as placing too heavy an aquarium on the stand.

To obtain Altra Furniture’s warranty service you must present them with your original bill of purchase and the instruction manual for the stand.

If you are unsatisfied with the stand, you may return the stand to Amazon within 30 days of the initial purchase to get a refund. To do this, click on the stand order in your Amazon account and select the option to get a return shipping label. Package the item securely including the return slip inside, and attach the shipping label to the box. Give the box to your local UPS store to ship back to Amazon. You should be refunded within one week in the form of either your original payment method or an Amazon gift card depending upon which you chose to get.

SunSun JVP-110 528 GPH Powerhead Review


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Size Dimensions Tank Size Noise Level Longevity Price
528 GPH 1.5″ x 2.3″ x 2.75″ 20-50 Gallons Low-medium 3-12 months Very Low

The SunSun JVP-110 is a low cost, low powered powerhead that brings decent flow to small and medium sized tanks alike. It’s a lower quality powerhead, with a few issues that are easy to fix. If you’re transitioning into a mid sized tank and need a first time powerhead, this is a solid and budget friendly choice

Set-up

Setting up the JVP-110 is a really simple process. It uses a suction cup, ball mounted base to secure itself to the glass. Unlike many other powerheads, the suction cup has no troubles holding up the 7 ounce body. The only instance of slippage should be from dirty glass, which is easily fixed by scraping it clean.

The cord gives you ample length to set the powerhead wherever you like so long as your power strip is not too far from the opening of the tank. The cord measures just under 5 feet.

When installing this powerhead you should consider what kind of fish you are housing. For small, fast swimming fish you may want to DIY your own mesh net to cover the front of the powerhead, as it is not too well covered. To do this I like to cut out portions of the bag that oranges are sold in. The material is strong and cheap, also coming free with some oranges!

Most fish will not have issue swimming near the powerhead, and it does not have the issue of running in reverse, making it even safer. This is something SunSun powerheads often haven in common with one another.

Assembly/Cleaning

The JVP-110 comes apart at the second portion of the grate, exposing the propeller and making for an easy cleanup. You will want to take apart the powerhead and give it a deep clean once a month for the best lifetime. Remember to use a cotton swab on the inside of the mount, as more abrasive materials can scratch the magnetic components that spin the propeller. Any scratches will make the pump either not function or run off center and increase in volume.

Remember to remove even coralline algae. While it is beneficial and looks amazing on powerheads, the SunSun JVP-110 is not strong enough to deal with constant build up and will suffer from it. With little cleaning the pump is destined for shorter life and higher vibrations.

Flow & Adjustments

The powerhead comes on a ball mount, allowing for full control on direction, but does not have a method for controlling flow rate.

For those looking for a lower flow rate you can diffuse the flow by either replacing rockwork near the front of the powerhead or pointing the powerhead towards the glass. Fine tune the direction of the powerhead until you get the perfect results.

Keep in mind that this particular model is actually a little weaker than advertised. I have already considered this in the tank sizing, but those who know their own rules should keep that in mind.

Warranty & Lifetime

As with all SunSun powerheads, the JVP-110 does not come with any warranty. That being said you will need to rely on amazons 30 day warranty to find any and all defects in this model. This is ample time, as the main issues are chipped propellers and dead on arrivals. Send any faulty products back ASAP and always give the powerhead a thorough inspection on its 3rd last day of warranty.

The lifetime of the SunSun JVP-110 is typically under a year, with the best cared for/luckiest models occasionally stretching to two. For the price this is an acceptable life time, as the powerhead is typically best suited for new aquarists. After 1 year most people will know if they want to upgrade or stop with the hobby.

Overall the powerhead serves its purpose well but should not be used as a permanent solution. The low cost makes it easy to use for a salt mixer and the ease of installation, simple cleaning and low cost make this a perfect introductory powerhead.

SunSun JVP 800 GPH Wave Maker Powerhead Review


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Dimensions Adjustable Noise Level Longevity Price
6.3″ x 4.33″ x 4.57″ Direction – 360 degrees
Flow – Not Adjustable
Low-Medium 1-3 Years Low

The Sunsun JVP 800 GPH Powerhead is a low cost, medium quality powerhead with plenty of pros and cons. Depending on the inhabitants of the tank it is best suited for 50-90 gallon tanks. Overall it is a great powerhead for the price, which can always be upgraded to a much higher end model later. The two pack option is by far the best value, saving money and giving you a back up powerhead should the first fail. The powerhead requires 5 watts of power and uses the standard 110V.

Set-up

The Sunsun JVP powerhead has no on or off switch, meaning it turns on when plugged in. When starting the propeller can frequently make a lot of noise before either settling to silent or low noise levels. For those who constantly have the powerhead on I would rate the noise level to low, however when the powerhead is set to a timer these start ups can be very distracting and startle nearby fish.

While we are talking about fish it must be noted that this powerhead is not meant for use with small fish. The openings around the propeller are simply too big for small fish and fry and can suck in weak swimmers. Please know your fish before installing powerheads.

The powerhead should not be directed too low as it will easily cause a sandstorm. Even when angled upwards the powerhead can still keep a gentle flow across the top of the substrate, keeping it clean from all debris.

A small negative note is the size of this powerhead. It is a bit larger than I would like, but not too big for the amount of flow it puts out.

Unlike many low cost powerheads the Sunsun JVP cannot run in reverse. This is a frequent problem with other Sunsun powerheads, but thankfully not this model. After long periods of ownership the Sunsun JVP may have trouble starting up. In this situation either tapping the powerhead or pushing the propeller with a meat skewer has always gotten the motor running.

The suction cups are definitely a weak point on the Sunsun JVP 800 GPH powerhead as they will often fail within the first year. I have since done a bit of DIY to make the powerhead held in place by a magnet, while others have reported great use from replacement suction cups.

The cord runs at 4.5′ which allows for fairly free placement of the powerhead. For bottom of the tank placement in deep tanks you may need to use an extension cord.

A Major Issue with this model is the wiring. While not common, some Sunsuns will ship with poor wiring which can actually leak voltage into the tank. Often it is not enough to affect the inhabitants, but it will almost always shock the owner when they touch the water. Needless to say powerheads with this defect are best replaced ASAP.

Assembly

The Sunsun JVP comes apart fairly easily, allowing for quick cleaning and reassembly. Simply snap apart the front cover from the base of the power head and you will have full access to all the external parts. Furthermore you can remove the propeller to clean out its mounting point. As previously stated this should be done once a month for the best results, but is not mandatory.

The suction cup mount slides in and holds the powerhead in place. There is only a single suction cup holding the powerhead in place. Due to this the suction cup is stronger than most triple suction cup mount suction cups. It also allows for easy replacement.

Flow & Adjustments

The Sunsun JVP Model powerhead features a ball mounted head, allowing for a full 360 degree rotation. The flow speed itself however cannot be adjusted. The flow spreads out into a cone shape, giving the most intense flow directly in front of the powerhead and weaker flow to the sides.

The flow created by this particular powerhead is spot on. That being said not every tank can handle the 800 GPH that this powerhead puts out. Likewise bigger tanks may need more flow. For this model their are 530, 800 and 1300 GPH options, allowing most tanks to find the right powerhead.

For fish only tanks the flow needed will depend on the fish and tank layout. Even fast swimming fish will appreciate slow moving spots, as the Sunsun JVP 800 puts out a strong flow in a cone like area in front of it. This creates a weak flow zone under the powerhead but a powerful flow in front of the powerhead. For a 40 gallon tank I have found great success pointing this powerhead slightly upwards and towards a wall. This diffuses the flow while still giving my high flow demanding corals what they need. As the flow hits the surface and walls of the tank, the flow weakens while changing directions, creating the slow moving sections fish need for rest. Additionally this allows low flow corals to be kept in the same tank as high flows.

Warranty & Lifetime

The Sunsun JVP 800 GPH comes with a 90 day warranty. This allows you to find most defects and return them for a replacement or refund. For the US you will need to contact Sunsun via email at candy@Sunsun-china.com

The average lifetime on the Sunsun is between 1-3 years. For the longest lifetime I recommend removing and deep cleaning the powerhead. This means taking it apart and scrubbing off even the coralline algae. Any added resistance from lack of cleaning will increase the stress on the components and shortens the powerheads lifetime.

SunSun JVP 530 GPH Wave Maker Powerhead Review


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Dimensions Adjustable Noise Level Longevity Price
6″ x 2″ x 3″ Direction – 360 degrees
Flow – Not Adjustable
Medium 6 Months -2 Years Low

The Sunsun 530 GPH is a medium strength powerhead that comes at a bottom of the barrel price. Its lifetime can be fairly short, but when treated properly lasts for much longer than expected. For those getting into the world of corals this is an excellent low cost powerhead. It is best suited for tanks between 25-55 gallons. It has a plethora of cons, meaning you will need to put in some work to get this powerhead working safely and efficiently.

Set-up

The Sunsun 530 works like most powerheads, turning on and off only when power is given and without a switch. This means you will need either a timer or power strip to turn the power off without unplugging it. Unplugging it isn’t really problematic but it does get annoying to do every day.

The noise caused by this powerhead is a bit louder than the larger models, making it not suitable for bedroom tanks. For noisier rooms there should be no issue. To reduce noise you can place the pump deeper in the tank or even put a secure fitted lid on the tank.

To get the powerhead deeper into the tank you may need to use an extension cord, as the original cord is only 3.5 feet long. Remember if you are using a power strip it will also function as a short extension cord.

The body of the powerhead is a bit large, but not too big so that it’s unreasonable to use in medium size tanks. The front cover of this powerhead is also something to be concerned about. The front is only covered by three bars, meaning even large, 2 inch fish can get into the propeller. This is not usually an issue, as the water flow will keep all fish away from the blades. However when switching the powerhead on and off you will need to be sure no fish are hanging out inside the powerhead. If you need to set your powerheads on a timer and have them off regularly you will want to DIY a cover. The bags oranges come in make an excellent cover that wont stop the water flow.

After a few ons and offs the Sunsun JVP 530 GPH model can start up and run in reverse. This creates a lower flow rate and of course can suck in fish. This is why you should create a mesh next cover for the power head. If you are not willing to check the flow direction or create a DIY cover you should definitely choose a different powerhead.

The original suction cups on this powerhead are not the strongest, but will typically hold up when left in place. If however it fails there are a number of replacement suction cups that can be affixed to the powerhead. I prefer to DIY a magnetic base to hold the powerhead in place.

Assembly

To open up the Sunsun JVP 530 GPH powerhead you will need to unplug it and remove it from water. By squeezing the front and with a bit of wiggling the front grate will come off. You can then clean it off easily, as well as remove the propeller and clean the insides. I personally like cleaning my powerhead every month, but it isn’t mandatory. Cleaning powerheads reduces the stress on them and prolongs their lifetime dramatically.

Flow & Adjustments

The flow created by Sunsun powerheads has always proven to be fairly high, matching their displayed numbers. In this model the flow is directed more forward than usual, creating a strong forward current. For this reason it is best to angle the powerhead towards one of the walls. This creates a circular current in the tank, rather than the powerhead hitting the wall and returning the current straight back into itself.

Sunsun makes three different strengths of powerheads, the 530, 800 and 1300 GPH models. If you need to choose stronger models they are actually much more reliable than this size.

Remember the type of fish you are keeping when setting up the powerhead, as well as the tanks layout. As previously stated the powerhead has strong forward current. Even fast swimming fish will need slow areas to rest and sleep at night. Slow swimming fish should be left large areas of weak flow, so that they are not restricted to only tiny portions of the tank. You can easily do this with rock formations, angling the powerhead more upwards and even pointing it more towards the side of the tank. all of these actions will diffuse the flow, making for a more gentle environment. Additionally if you are housing corals you may need to rearrange them so that the new water flow suits their needs.

Warranty & Lifetime

Sunsun offers a short 90 day warranty on their powerheads, giving you a good amount of time to find any defects. Should you find anything, such as failure to start, breaking plastics or tearing wires you should begin the return process immediately. This is done via email by contacting them at candy@sunsun-china.com (yes that’s the real email)

The average lifetime on the Sunsun 530 GPH is between 6 months and 2 years. This is mostly dependent on how often the powerhead is on, how often it is cleaned and the tanks conditions. When left filled with macro algae or even coralline the propeller will be stressed until it breaks only a few months into ownership. This is why I consider it key to deep clean you powerheads once a month.