The AquaClean 110 Power Filter, is a HOB (hang on back) aquarium filter from a leading brand that has won over the aquarist community with its diverse range of aquarium maintenance products, from aquarium filters to filtration media, as well as other products that can meet the needs of varied kinds of aquariums, depending on size, volume and the fish they host.
Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the AquaClean 110 power filter:
About The Product
At 13.5 x 6.75 x 9 inches, the AquaClean 110 power filter definitely appears to be smaller in size as compared to other filters, but this is exactly what makes it extremely compact. Its 6 feet long cord ensures that you can use it smoothly even when there isn’t a power outlet right above or below your tank.
The most surprising bit though, is that for an aquarium filter as compact as this one, the AquaClean filter handles up to 500 gallons of water per hour, making it perfectly suitable for aquariums of up to 100 gallons in size. With its sleek, neutral color, it fits seamlessly into aquarium tank, not taking away from the charm of your aquarium at all.
The AquaClean 110 comes packed with features that definitely give it an edge over other products in the same price range – from a versatile filtration system that is compatible with many media to controlled water flow. Not to mention, it is super easy to install, and can start filtering the dirtiest water within a short time of being installed.
Here are features that make this particular filter the perfect choice for most beginner aquarists:
Unique Re-Filtration System
This aquarium filter has a unique re-filtration system that offers the longest contact time between the water and the filtration media, among all the aquarium filters in the market. This is achieved through a patented, multi-layer filtration system which makes sure the water in your aquarium is at its purest best when it leaves the filter.
It also allows you to control the water flow to suit your aquarium, since some fish and plants, particularly the delicate ones require a more gentle water flow. But if you’re thinking that reducing the water flow might affect the efficiency of the filter, worry not!
In fact, with the AquaClear 110 filter, it works the other way round – when the flow rate is reduced, as much as 50% of the water within the filter chamber is processed multiple times, which ensures that the water flow can be adjusted to suit your aquarium, without affecting the efficiency of the filtration system by even a tiny bit.
In addition, this filtering system also gives you a filtration volume that is nearly 7 times larger than other aquarium filters, which means more clean water for your fish to live in.
Compatible With Different Media
The AquaClear 110 is compatible with a wide range of filter media inserts, from ammonia removal to those made with activated carbon. Its compact design makes it easy to remove and replace media without affecting the biological balance of your aquarium. Think of it as one of the advantages of a canister aquarium filter, with the convenience of a HOB filter.
CycleGuard Multi-Filtration System
Any healthy aquarium requires a filtration system that keeps it safe from all kinds of impurities and toxins, which means it needs to work equally effectively on the mechanical, chemical and biological filtration processes.
The AquaClear 110 aquarium filter uses a patented, multi-stage filtration system called CycleGuard, which gives your aquarium the best possible protection from all kinds of debris, chemical and organic waste.
How It Works
Here’s how the Cycleguard multi-stage filtration system works:
Stage 1: Mechanical Filtration (Foam Filter Insert)
AquaClear Foam Filter Inserts perform mechanical filtration by trapping particles and debris such as uneaten fish food and waste, as they pass through the insert. This unique foam, designed for use with AquaClear Power Filters, features optimal pore size for efficient mechanical and biological filtration, which efficiently removes every last particle of organic waste before it has a chance to turn into toxic ammonia and nitrite.
Stage 2: Chemical Filtration (Activated Carbon Filter Insert)
Activated carbon filter inserts contain 100% premium research grade carbon. Premium research grade carbon provides large amounts of surface area for adsorption of undesirable impurities. The activated carbon filter inserts will remove unwanted odors, discoloration and impurities resulting in a crystal clear aquarium.
Stage 3: Biological Filtration (BioMax Insert)
BioMax filter inserts contain BioMax ceramic rings whose surface is made up of a complex pore system which is the perfect ground for beneficial bacteria to grow. With the BioMax filter insert, the AquaClean 110 power filter gives you 100% removal of ammonia and nitrites, leaving behind water that is completely safe for your fish.
Apart from these, one key feature of the AquaClear 110 is the unique way in which these filtration systems work together. Usually, with most cartridge filtration systems, when you replace the cartridge, you throw away beneficial bacteria that grow in the filters. It can take weeks for the bacteria to grow again, resulting in a biological imbalance in the water of your aquarium.
With the AquaClear multi-stage filtration system, this is taken care of.
Since only one of three filtration components is changed at a time, it ensures that significant amounts of beneficial bacteria remain behind in the other filters, which means your aquarium always has enough beneficial bacteria to keep the water healthy and free of ammonia and nitrates, giving you highly effective levels of biological filtration.
What Users Are Saying
Based on user reviews, there are a lot of features of the AquaClear 110 that people seem to like. This seems to be an easy-to-clean product, which turns even the cloudiest water to crystal clean within minutes of being switched on.
Users have used the AquaClean 110 with varied tank sizes from 20 to 35 gallons, and have been impressed by the flow rate and the fact that this filter’s transparent outer body makes it easy to see what’s happening inside. Another fact that’s making users happy, is that for a power filter with a 500 gph flow rate, the AquaClear 110 is exceptionally quiet.
What To Lookout For
While users seem to love every single feature of the AquaClear 110, some have pointed out that the filter’s intake slits are slightly large, which might be something to be careful about, if you have particularly tiny fish in your aquarium.
A few users also brought up the issue of sturdiness, citing that the AquaClear 110 power filter could have been made with sturdier material, but at the end of the day, this is a budget filter, and there are hardly any customers complaining of cracks or leaks.
Overall, the AquaClear 110 power filter is a great buy, ticking off all the boxes on the quality checklist, from top-quality filtration to high water flow. Definitely recommended whether you’re a budding aquarist or an experienced one - for the former, there’s ease of use and guaranteed effectiveness, for the latter - you know you have more than one reason to love a product like this!