Filter system is the heart of your aquarium.
A good filter clean your water, and provide housing for bacteria growth.

In planted tank, Co2 is very important when plant are doing photosynthesis. In order to reduce Co2 escape from water, canister filter is recommended.

There are few different manufactures of canister filters in market (JEBO, EJET, EHEIM, FLUVAL, etc…)
JEBO and EJET is MIC (Made In China) products, so common problem would be lack of quality control. Some ppl use MIC filter for few years without problem, but some face leakage problem after a few month.

Leakage is very serious issue !! Image you not at home for 12 hours, even a small leakage can dry your aquarium!

If you got the budget, or you planning to keep this hobby for long run, get a EHEIM canister filter. This monster is made in German, super quite and very high efficiency.

JEBO: Price Rm1xx – Rmxxx
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EHEIM: Price Rm2xx – Rmxxxx
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FLUVAL: Price Rm 3xx – Rmxxxx
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What you need inside a filter:
From Top (Water into filter) until Bottom (Water pump back to aquarium)
1. Bio filter foam (for filter big particles)
2. Fine filter foam (for small particles)
3. Bio Rings
4. Bio Rings 🙂
Note: DO NOT put in carbon filter mat! They will absorb all bad and GOOD nutrient from water. So your plant wont be happy

There is another special accessory you need to get for planted tank : Surface skimmer.
Surface skimmer takes water from top water, as well as bottom water. This is because when plants are doing photosynthesis, Calcium will be release. Calcium will form a layer of “oil” on top of your water. This layer of oil will block oxygen to enter the water and hence not good for your life stock.
Price Rm25 – 40
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23 responses »

  1. ery says:

    Hi, i using 4 feet tank, can u recommend me canister filter that should i used. What is the price?

  2. WeiJieTew says:

    Hi Shafzx,
    Actually UV filter is not recommended in planted aquarium because it kill our good bacteria when purify water.
    If you want to use UV light in your planted tank, you should only use it after few months the aquarium is setup. This will give some time for good bacteria to grow in the soil first.
    There are few kinds of UV light available in market. However, i prefer those using out from aquarium because it will make more space for your plants and livestocks.
    Cheers
    Weijie

  3. sptan says:

    Wei Jie,

    Is there other brand beside JEBO, EJET and EHEIM ?

  4. pikap says:

    hi wie jie,
    did you know how much eheim 2217? i plan to have it one for my 4 feet.

  5. pikap says:

    hi wiejie,
    here my contact no.0163978907.thanks

  6. faiz says:

    i plan to do planted tank..2ft tank..currently using HOF filter with 0.5L co2 and mc-789 chiller..does HOF filter makes the co2 unefficient??

    – the canister filter need sub pump?
    – does my setup still need the skimmer shown above??

    • WeiJieTew says:

      hi faiz,
      what is HOF? hang on filter? are you mean Hang on back filter? (HOB)

      – canister do not need submerge pump. it has built in pump within.
      – if you using HOB, then you dont need surface skimmer. canister you need skimmer.

  7. paul says:

    ever heard of ‘Hailea’? its MIC. The HT-10 model specs are 800liter/hour ..it has sponges, ceramic rings, and activated carbon.. they say rcmded for 100-200L aquarium.. is it good?

    • WeiJieTew says:

      Most of the filter nowadays are made in China.
      Hailea is quite famous brand in making chiller. however, i havent heard of anyone using caniter filter.
      i only sell Taiyo or Eheim. Taiyo is also MIC brand, so far i am happy with the performance.

  8. Chris says:

    Hi, I’m Chris. I’m setting up a turtle tank in a 140L tank, i need a filter that is easy to maintain and not expensive. What do you suggest? You can text me at my hp number 012-3939129. Thanks.

    • WeiJieTew says:

      Hi chris,
      sorry i dont have any experience for setting up turtle tank. could you attach some information to me?
      Thank you

      • Chris says:

        Oh yea, too little information there. Ok, my plan is to build a lowtech planted tank, with a turtle in it. The tank is 36x18x13 inches and i need to allocate about 25%-30% space for the turtle to bask. The rest of the space is for the plants and because the tank is not too deep, I plan to have carpet of moss to fill up 60% of the bottom and some fern and a small resting spot for the turtle. I was looking at a Jebo 1000L/hr canister filter that was quoted at rm150, just within my budget, but it is currently out of stock. If you have any other recommendations, please advise. Thank you.

      • WeiJieTew says:

        Hi Chris,
        1. Your tank height might be too shallow for 36W LED light. and it might be waste of money to buy Wavepoint LED light since you are aiming at low/medium spec plants.
        2. at my understanding, you should plant at dry area, while parts with water(25-30%) shall be let empty since you need to change water very often.
        3. Anubias, dwarf hairgrass, moss, ferns would be a great choice since they are much more easy to grow (without co2 too).
        4. i have Taiyo Cf1000 that output 1000L/h water. selling at Rm160.

  9. Chris says:

    Oh yea, too little information there. Ok, my plan is to build a lowtech planted tank, with a turtle in it. The tank is 36x18x13 inches and i need to allocate about 25%-30% space for the turtle to bask. The rest of the space is for the plants and because the tank is not too deep, I plan to have carpet of moss to fill up 60% of the bottom and some fern and a small resting spot for the turtle. I was looking at a Jebo 1000L/hr canister filter that was quoted at rm150, just within my budget, but it is currently out of stock. If you have any other recommendations, please advise. Thank you.

  10. WeiJieTew says:

    maybe guppies will die off turtle poo before becoming meal. haha
    i remembered my housemate used to keep turtle. and its water smells like toilet water even she change it every few days.

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