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
EHEIM: Price Rm2xx – Rmxxxx
FLUVAL: Price Rm 3xx – Rmxxxx
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