The revolutionary Aqueon ProFlex Model 1 Filter system is three filters in one.Constructed of durable acrylic and ABS plastic, The ProFlex filter system has a multi-chamber modular design, which allows the filter to be setup in three distinctly different ways. The ProFlex Model 1 is designed for aquariums up to 55 gallons.
Water enters the first chamber of the ProFlex filter into a unique bubble diffuser chamber that allows air to escape from the incoming water.Water then flows through replaceable 200 micron filter socks for mechanical filtration to remove debris from incoming water.The second chamber of the filter can have multiple functions, so you can set up the filter to perform exactly the way you need it to.
Three ways to use Aqueon ProFlex Filter:
Berlin Sump Filter- Out of the box, The ProFlex is ready to be used as a Berlin style saltwater filtration system, the large open second chamber can be used to house a protein skimmer, media reactors or live rock.Berlin style filters are typically used on Reef aquarium with a substantial amount of live rock in the display, which acts as the biological filter for the system.
Wet/Dry Filter - with the additional purchase of the Aqueon BioMedia Model 1 Accesory Pack your Pro-Flex filter can be converted into a traditional Wet/Dry filter system.The BioMedia Accesory pack includes a drip tray and plastic bio ball biological filter media, this setup is best used in either freshwater or saltwater fish aquariums.
Refugium- The second chamber of the ProFlex sump can also be used as a refugium.Using the included water retaining wall, and raising the adjustable wall to its full height, the second chamber will fill with water, and can be used as a refugium.Simply install a suitable light source over the clear panel in the filter lid to illuminate the second chamber, and you are ready to grow macroalgae.
Installing the Aqueon ProFlex Filter
Using the supplied Flexible drain tubing, the Aqueon ProFlex filter should be connected to the drain line of the overflow box of your drilled aquarium, or to the drain line of the optional ProFlex Hang-On overflow Box (not included)
A Sumbersible return pump can be used in chamber three, or chamber 3 can be drilled and fitted with a bulkhead fitting for use of an external return pump (return pump is not included)
media, pump and overflow box sold separately and confusing instructions 3/10/2013
Reviewer: J. Chandler
The pump is clearly sold separately, but it was not clear that the media and overflow box were sold separately. Once these additional components arrived, it took some time to assemble, but has been up and working now for a couple of weeks and I have no complaints now. My only complaint is the maximum water level sticker. If I followed the instructions provided, then the level would be below the top of my pump. This makes no sense! This level is affected by the level that you set your overflow box to. You have to play with the overflow box level, per the instructions to ensure that the maximum level, when the pump is on, is a couple of inches above the top of the pump. Per the instructions you also need to ensure that when you turn off the pump, the overflow box level is not so low that the sump box overflows. It is a time consuming iterative learning process. If this is your first sump, then do it on a weekend when you have lots of time to experiment with it and keep an eye on it. My final comment pertains to the return nozzle that comes with the overflow box. It has a small hole drilled in the side of the tube, just above the return nozzle. It is critical that this hole (referred to as the "anti-siphon device") is not submerged below the water level in the tank. If you just hang it on the side of the tank, this may happen depending on the height of the aquariums top rim. When the water is above this hole and you turn off the pump, the water will reverse flow siphoning water down into the sump, until aquarium level falls below the hole and breaks the siphon. I had to use a tie wrap to tie my siphon tube and return tube together, thereby ensuring the hole was not below my aquariums level.
my sump purchase 2/24/2013
Reviewer: perry grantham
i recently purchased this sump from the fish place and was sad to see that the first one had cracked on the top. i emailed the fish place and they quickly replied and replaced the same item within a few days to a week. i am very satisfied with my purchase. they were very nice and quick to resolve my issue. i have yet to set it up as i am waiting on a few more things i have to purchase and as soon as i do i am sure i will be even more happy as this is the first sump i have ever purchased. thanks again for everything.