Featured Aquarium Wet Dry Filters
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ESHOPPS WET DRY FILTERS
Ready for set-up. Includes everything but the pump.
Professionally hand-crafted for precise fit and operation. Easy assembly.
ES89064: 13 gallon capacity overflow. 2.7 gallon bio area. Biological Filtration Chamber is 9" x 9.5" x 16"
ES89074: 17 gallon capacity overflow. 3.3 gallon bio area.
ES89084: 20 gallon capacity overflow. 4.6 gallon bio area.
ES89094: 20 gallon capacity overflow. 4.6 gallon bio area. Biological Filtration Chamber is 11" x 11.5" x 16"
ES89104: 25 gallon capacity overflow. 6 gallon bio area.
ES89114: 35 gallon capacity overflow. 10 gallon bio area.
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ESHOPPS REEF SUMPS
Micron filter bag prefilters your sump
Specifically designed for reef and saltwater systems. Professionally hand-crafted for precise fit and operation.
A reef sump has important benefits to any aquarium.By using the sump to hold extra water, the volume of water in the system is increased. Evaporation from the tank itself is mitigated by the reserve in the sump, preventing the annoying need to constantly add water to the tank.
Additionally, larger water volume in saltwater systems makes the system more stable. The chemistry and temperature change on a day to day basis in a large volume of water is less by percentage than the same change to a smaller volume of water.
The sump is the ideal place to house equipment such as heaters, filters, skimmers, thermometers or any other equipment that detracts from the aesthetics of the tank.
The sump is an excellent place to add new water, medicate, adjust chemical balances etc. By using the water in the sump, the effect of changes to the chemistry is less dramatic on the delicate inhabitants of the tank (having been diluted by the sump water before it is introduced into the main tank)
Sizing: The size of your sump is generally dictated by the space into which you will fit it. If you are going to invest in a sump, make is as big as your can area can handle without inhibiting our ability to get equipment in and out of it without dismantling it - the bigger the better.What is the difference between a sump and a wet/dry filter? A wet/dry filter is actually just a sump with a chamber for bio-media (often bio balls) built into it.
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ESHOPPS OVERFLOW BOXES
Designed to fit between your tank and the wall. Need only 3" clearance.
Professionally hand-crafted for precise fit and operation.
Overflow boxes are typically used to bring water from the main aquarium to the wet-dry filter or the sump. They consist of a "skimmer" box inside the tank (that has small slits to help prevent smaller fish from "overflowing" out of the tank and into the sump) and a larger box with hose attachments outside the tank. Water that rises above the level of the "skimmer" will "overflow" into the sump below, thus keeping the water level in the tank constant.
The surface of the water is constantly skimmed, removing undesirable film and enhancing gas exchange. Additionally, the water is aerated as the water falls over the overflow, down the drain and splashes into the sump.
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AQUEON PROFLEX MODULAR SUMP / WET / DRY FILTER SYSTEM
Transform the ProFlex into three completely different setups to suit your needs: a traditional wet/dry trickle filter, as a Berlin style, or a Refugium sump filtration system.
It's as easy as sliding the adjustable water height wall up or down, removing the thumb screws on a removable baffle wall, sliding in the filter pad and trickle do
Unlike competitors' sumps, ProFlex offers very Quiet Filtration As water enters the ProFlex, it flows through a revolutionary bubble diffuser chamber where bubbles are expelled, significantly reducing noise.
Effective particulate filtration. After water flows through the bubble chamber, it flows through two 200 micron filter socks to remove large particulates.
All ProFlex models are manufactured using extremely durable materials, and include a lifetime warranty against leaks.
Featured Aquarium Article - Wet Dry Filters
LEARN ABOUT WET DRY FILTRATION
Wet/dry filters are the highest quality aquarium filters. They are most often used by the advanced hobbyist who wants to keep the most sensitive species. Saltwater fish and reef inhabitants must have the most stable water conditions possible to survive and thrive.
However, if more hobbyists understood how aquarium wet dry filters work, they would become a standard for all aquarists who want to keep more fish and more sensitive fish, and who want to reduce their maintenance to a minimum.
The ocean is a very stable water environment by virtue of the fact that it has such a vast amount of water. The temperature changes are very gradual. The quality of the water changes imperceptibly over time.
One of the keys to simulating that stable environment in your aquarium is an increase in the quantity of water. Certainly, you can purchase a larger aquarium. However, it is less expensive, and takes up less room to install a water expansion chamber UNDER the aquarium, hidden in the stand. (see refugiums also)
Essentially that is what a wet dry filter is: A clear acrylic chamber (a sump) that holds water and all of the elements to clean the water in your aquaruim - all housed out of sight.
All wet dry filters accept water from your aquarium via a trickle-down device. When the water enters the filter, it passes through media chambers that hold the elements necessary for cleansing the water of its pollutants.
The water is passed over the media by means of a directed trickle or a rotating spray bar that disperses it to drip through the first mechanical filter: a filter pad that traps large particulates and debris.
From there it goes through a media that pulls out colors, odors, medication, and other organic compounds: usually a carbon chamber or pad.
The HUGE advantage of wet dry filters is their biological chambers. Most contain a filter compartment that houses media supporting aerobic bacteria: The type of oxygen-loving bacteria that lilterally digest the ammonia and nitrites in your tank that kill the inhabitants.
As the water passes through the chemical filtration media it continues to drip down (collecting oxygen as it goes). By the time it reaches the biological chamber or wheel, it is oxygen-rich and organic-compound-and-particulate-free. The oxygen feeds the bacteria, keeping it healthy and reproducing. The ammonia and nitrite are turned to nitrate.
The perfect balance is maintained between the amount of pollutants the tank produces and the amount of bacteria the filter produces to process the pollutants.
Clean water is returned to the tank by means of a submersible pump that pumps it back up to the tank.
Maintenance is reduced because the volume of water has been enlarged, thus reducing the percentage nitrate content. Fewer water changes and less "fiddling" with the media.
The filter is hidden from view and generally contains enough sump space to house your heater right in the filter sump and out of the aquarium's panoramic view. Many wet dry filters also contain protein skimmers or you can add one. You can plumb a UV sterilizer right into the pump-return. All of this additional equipment (while not critical) will greatly enhance your aquarium's stability, save your fish, and reduce your maintenance time and workload. And none of it will be cluttering your relaxing view.