SunSun & Via Aqua Canister Filter
The SunSun's external 3 stage canister has 3 flexible media trays that allowing you to add the filtration media of your choice. Included in the SunSun Canister Filters is filter fiber, activated carbon, and bio-balls.
For help with figuring aquarium or pond water pump head pressure, please read this article from "Aquarium & Pond Answers: Head Pressure in Aquarium and Pond Water Pumps Excellent information for helping to determine the best pump for your Fluidized Sand Bed Filter OPTIONAL PARTS
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*Optional Water Return and Intake Adapters For use as an alternative method for adding water back into the aquarium with more directional control that the parts included with the filter.
The Intake Prevents tubing "kinks" when powering a Filter placed below an aquarium with an internal filter or pump.
The TMC Fluidized Filter already includes similar parts, so these are rarely a necessary part
The use of Fluidized Sand Filters for aerobic bio-filtration is no longer a new concept, however these filters are still not well known to many aquarium keepers which is unfortunate, especially when it pertains to advanced planted aquarium keepers (as Fluid Sand Filters do not wear off your CO2).
We have used these filters for many of our professional freshwater, marine, & turtle aquarium set-ups (by our affiliated aquarium maintenance company). The advantage is the self cleaning of the surface area of the sand grains by the constant churning and mixing of sand suspended within the filtration chamber.
This type of filter provides high amounts of surface area for unsurpassed nitrifying bio-filtration capacity by any comparable size bio media filter; in fact as an example the model #1500 has a higher bio capacity than ANY current Aquarium Filter, including the large Fluval FX5 or FX6!
While de-nitrification is not the main strength of a FSB Filter, newer evidence shows that the final layers of sand in a tall FSB Filter such as the TMC model #1500 actually provides a good environment for nitrate reducing bacteria.
With the use of nitrate reducing polymer products such NPX Bioplastics Nitrate Reducing Polymer, the TMC FSB Filter can be an excellent full nitrogen cycle filter, especially for top tier reef aquariums!! When Bio plastics are used in the filter; replace an equal volume of sand with the Bioplastics.
As well, a deep sand bed, live rock, live rock crumbles, volcanic rock, refugiums, chemical nitrate absorbents (such as Purigen and/or Matrix placed in a Canister or other Filter), Protein Skimmers, etc will can be employed as a compliment where nitrates are a problem.
Model 1500 Now Available (Great for Ponds when properly installed with a Pre-Filter)
The most efficient Fluidized Sand Bed Filter that utilizes the most efficient method of aerobic biological filtration available.
The TMC Fluidized Bed Filter is of the newest technology and far superior quality than any other Fluidized Bed Filter available.
Please Click on the Pictures to the left to enlarge;
The first picture shows connections to powerhead or internal filter while the second picture shows a canister filter installation (SunSun HW 302)
The TMC V² Bio Fluidized Sand Bed Filter have a versatile compact design which can be installed internally in a sump or aquarium or externally as a stand alone or 'hang-on' filter (powered by a Power head such as the Rio 1000 or a canister filter such as the Rena Filstar or SunSun Canister Filters).
Our experience has shown the use of canister filters for powering your TMC Fluidized Filter to be the most simple (due to combined filtration and pre-filtering). For this simply placing the Fluidized Bed Filter inline on the exhaust side of the canister filter the easiest installation.
However placing in line from a submersible power head water pump works well too and when compared apples to apples is a better bio filter than an average canister filter by itself and when combined with a separate canister filter will provide maximum efficiency and filter redundancy.
This is our aquarium maintenance companies preferred method of FSB filter connection.
The use of a V2 #600 with a Rio 1000 along with a Filter Max #2 or #3 for pre-filtration will provide superior bio filtration to most standard canister filters!
Can be easily incorporated with ANY aquarium set-up.
Just connect to water pump or power filter (NOT SUPPLIED) to create an advanced professional filtration system.
Tubing supplied or tubing with a canister filter will easily mate these fluidized filters to a canister filter with no extra parts required.
While not pictured, the FSB filter can even be placed directly inside the aquarium if this is more convenient.
Specially designed media diffuser bowl ensures uniform fluidization of filter media.
Superior design over 1st and 2nd generation Fluidized filter eliminates issues of clogging or poor fluidization found on these earlier models (that are still sold elsewhere)
Superior bio filtration over most common canister or even sponge filters when compared head to head.
If space is an issue and only bio filtration is desired, this filter powered by a power head pump IS THE BETTER choice over most any canister filter!
Since Fluid Sand Filters do not wear off your CO2, this is THE SUPERIOR FILTER by a wide margin for Planted aquariums.
This is not to say a wet/dry or other filters cannot work, but the FACTS are that filters such as a wet/dry usually will required added CO2, often with high tech versions at that, while a FSB Filter will often need basic supplemental CO2 AT MOST assuming your aquarium is not over agitated via aeration or circulation.
Unsurpassed as an Aquatic Turtle bio filter as well as for dirty fish such as goldfish with up to 30 lbs of aquatic bio load capacity (fish, turtle, etc. weight).
Supplied COMPLETE with useful fittings 14mm tubing, and accessories for quick and simple installation.
Supplied complete with silica sand
A unique feature of the TMC V², is the ability to use with Marine Oolitic Sand (available separately), this filter also acts similar to a calcium reactor and helps with trace elements, calcium, magnesium, and minor buffering; All essential for a healthy Marine/Reef or African Cichlid tank (Livebearers too)!
(1) Our recommended flow rates and pump/filter sizes are based on the head pressure required once the sand media has grown healthy established nitrifying bacteria. These bacteria add to the weight and from our experience will add as much as 40% to eventual head pressure.
When first set up, you likely will need to close off the valve slightly to a considerable amount so as to NOT blow sand out of the chamber, and then open is slowly over time as the sand bed and bacteria ages and adds weight to this media.
The recommended flow rates can vary since one pump with the same rated 0 head pressure flow rate may have a lower flow rate once head pressure is applied. We recommend taking the suggested flow rates as minimums since one can always back off the flow if needed with the supplied valve.
(3) While the TMC Fluid filter is marked with a minimum and maximum fluidation line, if your pump or filter that is used to power the Fluid filter cannot quite fluidize to the minimum line, this does not mean your filter is not operating correctly; this line is only the optimum line, not the minimum required for operation.
Also many canister filters with sometimes poor head pressure (such as the Fluval) cannot fully fluidize this or other Fluidized Filters; so to get the best possible performance, we suggest elevating both the canister filter and Fluidized sand filter to a level closer to the base of your aquarium.
(4) If used with a water pump/power head that does not include a sponge or similar built in pre-filter (such as the SunSun HJ-1542), the addition of a Pre-Filter Sponge such as the Filter Max #2 or #3 or for larger pumps such as the SunSun HQB-2500/3500 the addition of a Hydro Pond #3 or #4 or other Sponge Filter will prevent larger debris from entering your Fluidized Filter and causing loss of efficiency. As well this will add another layer of filtration to your Fluidized filter.
In fact a Model #1500 Fluidized Filter combined with a SunSun HQB 3500 along with the high flow Hydro Pond #3 or #4 will far surpass even the most expensive of Canister Filters including all Eheims and Fluvals! The first picture shows how we would recommend plumbing a Rio 1000 Pump with Filter Max 2 or 3 for use with a Fluidized Filter
The second picture shows how we would recommend plumbing a Rio 1100 or 1700 Pump with Filter Max 3 for use with a Fluidized Filter
(5) If the FSB Filter is hung on the back of the tank/aquarium; The screw clamps should not be tightened too tightly or can often not even be necessary.
(6) When changing water, generally if run via a power head/water pump; the pump does not need to be turned off.
If water from water pump or filter is turned off, CLOSING the inlet valve on the FB Filter is is strongly suggested suggested to prevent back up in the FSB Filter.
Some canister filters can create a suction when disconnected (which is why the valve should be turned off when servicing), however for SOME canister filter applications the addition of a check valve between the filter (or pump) will solve any issues with water backing up in the sand filter.
With the use of a power head/water pump to power your FSB filter, the use of a 1/2-5/8" Ball Valve on the exit side of the FSB filter (or even used to replace the stock valve on the inlet side) can help prevent unwanted back flow when servicing the filter.
If air is trapped in a water pump powering the FB Filter, tipping the pump or disconnecting the pump temporarily from the FB Filter generally allows it to quickly function again.
We have more tips and troubleshooting in the FSB Filter section of our Aquarium Filtration article: Aquarium Filtration; FSB Filters Section *Model #600 Filter- $79.99
*Rated for Aquariums up to 160 Gallons or 10 lbs. of Bio-Load (fish, etc.)
*Recommended min. Rated* Flow Rate- 210 gph*
*Height- 12.5" (please add another 3" for tubing connections)
*Supplied with .4 - .5 kg Silica Sand (amount required for operation)
*Suggested Filters/Pumps: Filstar XP 2 or 3 Canister , SunSun 302 or 303 Canister, Rio 1000 Pump (our choice especially when used with a Filter Max #2 or #3), SunSun JP-065 Pump, or SunSun HJ-1542 (this pump INCLUDES a sponge pre-filter & is a good choice in applications where a bit more head pressure maybe needed due to a deeper aquarium or lower placement of the FB Filter relative to the aquarium),
*Rated for Aquariums up to 265 Gallons or 20 lbs. of Bio-Load (fish, etc.)
*Recommended min. Rated* Flow Rate- 320 gph
*Height- 18.5" (please add another 3" for tubing connections)
*Supplied with .8 - 1 kg Silica Sand (amount required for operation)
* Suggested Filters/Pumps: Filstar XP 3 or 4 Canister , SunSun 303 or 304 Canister, SunSun HJ-1542 (this pump INCLUDES a sponge pre-filter), Rio 1100 Pump (our choice when used with a Filter Max #3), or SunSun JP-066 Pump for more maximum power (please note the JP-066 does not not adapt as easily to the Filter Max, although the use of Teflon Tape on the outer impeller well wall of the JP-066 allows for more snug fit to the Filter Max when directly attached).
*Rated for Aquariums up to 395 Gallons, Ponds up to 500 Gallons, or 30 lbs. of Bio-Load (fish, etc.)
*Recommended min. Rated* Flow Rate- 525 gph
*Height- 25.5" (please add another 3" for tubing connections)
*Supplied with 1.2- 1.5 kg Silica Sand (amount required for operation)
* Suggested Filters/Pumps: Filstar XP 4 Canister , SunSun 304 Canister, Via Aqua 306 Internal Filter (minimal power), Rio 1700 Pump (maximum power), can be connected to a Filter Max #3), or SunSun JP-066 Pump (please note the JP-066 does not not adapt as easily to the Filter Max, although the use of Teflon Tape on the outer impeller well wall of the JP-066 allows for more snug fit to the Filter Max when directly attached).
For higher head pressure applications (such as a lift of 4-5 feet or more to the aquarium), the SunSun HQB-3500 might be suggested, which already has a built in sponge pre-filter
*By Rated, we mean the general flow rate under normal head pressure, generally no more then 25% of the peak head for the pump. Example a pump (the Rio 1100) of 382 gph with a Maximum Head Pressure of 6 ft. would be "rated" at 382 gph under 1.5 feet of lift from pump to FSB Filter base.
With Canister Filters (not just what we sell or recommend), the rated flow often differs from the actual flow once media is added and the filter is placed below an aquarium stand. However with a higher placement closer to the aquarium the actual flow can be closer to the rated flow thus utilizing our suggestions such as the SunSun 304B with the TMC #1500 FSB Filter.
The bottom line is we recommend the FSB Filter pump/filter combinations based on RATED flow for simplicity, these are combinations we know will work.
*Replacement Silica Sand Media 1 kg. -$13.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
(Original Replacement Media supplied with filter)
*Oolitic Sand Media 1 kg. - $13.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
The Oolitic Sand is an excellent choice for Marine, African Cichlid, Livebearer, and even goldfish aquariums as well as Koi Ponds.
TMC Oolitic Sand will aid in buffering as well as adding calcium, magnesium, & trace minerals back into the water (this can be especially help for ponds with high amounts of organics that are often introduced to the water and subsequent decomposition). Strongly suggested for Marine/Reef Aquariums! Fluid Bed Control Valve/ Union- $8.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
*Fit ANY 16mm or 5/8" vinyl tubing
*Installation Suggestion; slip compression ring over tubing first, then screw back over threads on control valve/union.
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