There are different kinds of filtration systems
in the market - there are mechanical filters, then there are those chemical filters, and lastly, the biological filters. Although each kind is important, it doesn't seem practical to get one of each kind. The best solution is to get one filter that has all three options, and that's the Nu-Clear Model 533 - Mechanical & Carbon Filter.
This filter has biological, chemical and mechanical filters integrated in its system. Because of the flexibility it offers, it can be used for either freshwater or saltwater tanks. It can also be used for fountains and ponds - yes, it's that flexible. For its size, this filter can be used for aquariums with a capacity of 50 to 300 gallons. For bigger tanks, you can use more than one Nu-Clear Model 533 - Mechanical & Carbon Filter systems from Pet Store
and have the work side-by-side.
The Nu-Clear Model 533 - Mechanical & Carbon Filter is equipped with a 30-square foot cartridge, which is 20% bigger in terms of surface area compared to the same kind of filters. The bigger surface area allows for more dirt to be collected. It can also traps particles as small as 25 microns to ensure that only clean water gets through.
Nu-Clear 500 Series Modular Canister Filters provide the ultimate in aquatic life support systems for consumer and commercial fresh and salt water aquariums, fountains, or ponds. With several mechanical, chemical and biological options to choose from, Nu-Clear filters have the flexibility to fit all your aquarium and pond applications. The different models may be used on their own or in combination with other models to provide the ultimate in filtration systems. The Nu-Clear 500 Series Modular Canister Filters are appropriate for aquariums 50 gallons and up and for ponds 300 gallons and up.
Nu-Clear filters feature heavy duty molded PVC construction with a stainless steel lid clamp for secure leak free operation and carry a 2 year guarantee. The filter bodies are approximately 13" wide and 12.5" tall (overall width with fittings is 15). An additional clearance of 8 above the filter is required to remove the cartridge for cleaning. Nu-Clear filters have 1" FNPT inlet and outlet ports allowing for higher flow rates (up to 1,200 gallons/hr) than similar filters with 3/4 ports. All models come with adapters for 3/4" and 1" hose, stainless steel hose clamps, pipe seal tape, and a drain valve.
The ultimate aquatic filter. The 30 sq. ft. 25 micron cartridge has 20% more surface area than other similar filters. The cartridge traps particles larger that 25 microns and polishes the water crystal clear. The cartridge can be cleaned and reused. This filter will also hold 1.5 lbs of activated carbon for absorbing water yellowing compounds and other dissolved organics. Includes pressure gauge and 1.5 lbs of pre-bagged premium Inland Seas Marine and Reef Activated Carbon.