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Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter

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Price: CDN$ 38.30
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Product Features

  • 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
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 1 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,611 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: 2.5 out of 5 stars  35 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs modification for shrimp March 7 2013
By Joshua D Rigby - Published on Amazon.com
I have the Fluval Nano operating in an 8 gallon aquarium. I lost two cherry shrimp to this filter. A guy at my local fish store told me that I probably won't have any issues with shrimp being sucked up into this filter, but he was wrong. So far I've lost two.

The first one was sucked into the intake. When I noticed that it had happened I decided to glue a piece of foam rubber around the intake to act as a prefilter, which worked wonderfully.

I found the second casualty dead with her tail caught in the junction where the filter cover and the pump snap together. It looks like her tail was sucked into the pump when she was grazing on algae on the backside of the unit. To remedy this flaw I just wrapped packing tape around it to cover the seam between the pump and filter. The tape will have to be cut or removed in order to take it apart and clean it, but who cares, no big deal.

Several other reviews have mentioned that the waterflow from this filter is too much for smaller tanks and that the pump gets very loud if you restrict the flow with the integrated valve. This is all true, but there's a way around it. Instead of pointing the output tube forward or down as indicated in the instructions you can aim it directly at the back of the tank and just slightly downward. This will allow the filter to operate at full capacity and limit the circulation created within the tank.

I give it three stars because it's now doing what it's supposed to do, but with some minor modifications. I hope this information will help save a few shrimp. Thanks!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars **WARNING** This Will suck in SHRIMP (opae ula & any small breed) Sept. 25 2013
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com

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.


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