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Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter

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Price: CDN$ 38.30 FREE SHIPPING.
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  • Ensures proper oxygenation for clear water and a healthy environment
  • Adjustable flow output with an attachable spray bar distributes a gentle, even flow of water, making it safe for delicate fish or shrimp
  • Provides effective and thorough mechanical and biological filtration
  • Optimal water filtration system for small aquariums up to 15 gallons


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7 x 19 cm ; 499 g
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Item model number: A455
  • ASIN: B004BZKDZC
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 1 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,324 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

The Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter is an optimal water filtration system for small aquatic environments. Properly equipped with filter media for effective mechanical and biological filtration, the Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter has an adjustable flow rate combined with an integrated spray bar that creates an even, gentle flow of water, making it safe for delicate species. The completely modular filter can quickly be assembled and disassembled for easy installation and maintenance, and it comes complete with 3 suction cups for secure in-tank installation.

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Amazon.com: 38 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great little filter July 23 2011
By Morley Dotes - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this for my 6 gallon book shelf tank, and while it is a little big for it, I love it. I can just fit it into the tank, but I do not use the spray bar. The suction cups work well and keep the filter positioned nicely. The only frustration with the suction cups is that if you are not careful in mounting them they slip and you will not get it where you want it (since I have little room to play with, that was important). Also, if you do not apply careful (VERY careful) pressure, you will cause a slight seperation between the impeller unit and the filter base...which leads to my main gripe and the reason why I did not give this 5 stars. The two pieces come apart too easily when trying to move things around. The suction cups should have a lift off tab, because they really stick.

As for circulation....you will have plenty. It is a pretty powerful little filter and creates a strong current when fully open. The beauty is that it has a little plastic valve that controls the flow and works very well once it is set. Setting it is another point of frustration....but once you get it, you won't have to play around with it and you can forget it. I tried several different mounting options both horizontally and vertically and finally settled on the traditional vertical mount. I also bought the carbon inserts....pretty much a waste of money and I got pieces of carbon on my white sand. A MAJOR pain. I am not deducting from this rating, because it is not part of this set up, but rather an optional purchase. Still, if your tank is cloudy, chances are you need a good amount of activated carbon....here's a tip. Get an old nylon stocking, tie one end. place enough carbon to fill the slot and tie the other end. Easy and cheap and very functional Don't forget to rinse it a bit before putting it into the tank. The little cartridges are just not enough and too expensive.

I did have a problem with sound as well, as if it were grinding gears, but I think the problem was air. I completely submersed the filter, and angled it to make sure all the air got it, and sure enough, no more grinding sound. I will also mention that this was one of those VERY rare times that I did not look to Amazon first and bought this at a local (well known) "pet company." Serves me right and lesson relearned...Amazon has it for half the price and free shipping!

This is very quiet as long as everything stays FULLY submersed. I like the filter box, as you can put your own media in it, which I recommend, as I mentioned with the activated carbon. If anything changes, I will update. So far, I like it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Too much flow for small tank, noisy unless on full blast Sept. 11 2011
By K. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this at a local aquarium store in hopes of replacing my Marina S10 Slim profile filter for my 5 gallon shrimp tank. It was too large to fit upright in the tank and the flow was far too strong for my shrimp. The flow is adjustable but when I turned it down it rattled so loudly that I thought something was broken. I then moved it to my 10-gallon hospital tank and again the flow was so strong that the fish constantly struggled to not be swept away. (I did have a few ill/weak fish get stuck to the intake and expire.) I have turned the flow down and have that annoying rattle in the kitchen where my hospital tank is located. (****Update: After three weeks the filter finally quieted down, probably because water flow is more impeded by matter in the filter media. I raised the rating to three stars from two now that it does not sound like a train is going through my kitchen.)

In the future I am going to buy a mini canister filter (either the ZooMed 501 turtle canister filter or the TOM aquarium mini rapids canister) for my smaller tanks in order to have the spray bar and better filtration for my planted tanks.

Also, the filter cannot be moved while it is on; the portion that contains filter media falls off very easily if the filter is plugged in. Both parts of the filter are stuck to the glass with suction cups but they are no longer attached to each other, and trying to put them back together with the filter running is impossible.

I would not recommend this for anything smaller than a 15-gallon tank. The flow is far too strong for most creatures that would live in a nano tank.

I like Fluval products but I do not recommend this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cheap, you get what you pay for March 6 2012
By Neal Brown - Published on Amazon.com
This filter works fine for a small tank but the high flow rate bothers my fish. If you turn down the valve, it causes the motor to buzz annoyingly. Next time I will buy a tank capable of taking an external canister filter. But if you need a cheap in-tank filter this one will do the job.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
**WARNING** This Will suck in SHRIMP (opae ula & any small breed) Sept. 25 2013
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
DO NOT BUY THIS.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I purchased the FLUVAL NANO Shrimp tank for my Business desk.. Well 2 days later after making sure everything had been setup and after transfering all my decorations / lava rocks and everything over to this tank + 50 opae ula shrimp, I walked into work and was like... ..... ... where is my shrimp??? SO I look through the decorations and couldn't find them at all.. Then I looked in the filter. around 30-40 had been sucked in and crushed to death.

Beware.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not good filter, broke after a year May 29 2013
By Raven - Published on Amazon.com
I've had tanks all of my life. I have a lot filters, and have used a lot of filters. I often have extra filters hanging around that I found at yard sales, I've really only had a couple of filters stop working, usually, I sell a tank and some filters go with it and that is how filters leave my life. So I bought a nano tank, loved it, thougth this filter was nice, liked the spray bar. Initially, the flow seemed a bit much and the fish had too much current. I adjusted the bar so there would be less current and it worked fine. Then it began to hum and make noise, but I just lived with it. Then the top spray bar started falling off, closer inspection and I realized that the plastic had somehow broke. Today I noticed my fish at the top of the tank, which means lack of oxygen, I have a bunch of plants and the light had just come on, so probably a bunch of CO2 from the plants during the night. Checked the filter, not working at all. Messed with it, messed with it, no water is being pumped although the impeller is turning, and it is sooo noisy. Am throwing this filter in the trash today, will put a different filter on it, one of my yard sale external ones. This is really a piece of junk. A bit over a year, never worked great and now doesn't work at all. Too bad, I use to respect Fluval, I'll avoid it now.

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