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AquaClear Power Filter - 110 V

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20: 5 to 20 US Gallons
  • Refiltration system that offers superior contact time with filter media and energy efficient pump lowers operating costs
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Filtration volume is up to 7 times larger than comparable filters
  • Comes equipped with AquaClear Foam, Activated Carbon and BioMax and Cycle Guard for continuous biological filtration and superior water quality
  • 2 year warranty; Ideal for aquariums up to 20 gallons
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Product Description

Style: 20: 5 to 20 US Gallons

Product Description

Feature(s): Quiet Low operating costs Complete filtration Large filter media volume Superior contact time with filter media Cycle Guard, for continuous biological filtration and superior water quality Includes foam, carbon BioMax Filter inserts CycleGuard now with BioMax - Preserves beneficial bacteria for a stress free environment. A healthy aquarium requires "beneficial" bacteria. Invisible and harmless, beneficial bacteria are essential in the removal of toxic ammonia and nitrate. For any further queries please contact Customer Support Number: @1800-724-2436

AquaClear Power Filter

The AquaClear Power Filter represents one of the most versatile hang-on filter systems available. The five models available provide a complete selection of flow rates for the most popular sizes of aquariums. The filter’s unique design allows for up to six times more media volume and the longest water to media contact time in the industry.

AquaClear Filters
Superior Contact with AquaClear Filter
Patented Re-filtration System

Sometimes delicate fish and plants require a more gentle water flow. The patented AquaClear re-filtration system allows you to control the flow rate without compromising filtration efficiency. When the flow rate is reduced, up to 50% of the water within the filter chamber is processed multiple times.

CycleGuard Multi-Stage Filtration System

Provides optimal mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration. A healthy aquarium requires "beneficial" bacteria. Invisible and harmless, beneficial bacteria are essential in the removal of toxic ammonia and nitrite. With cartridge filtration systems, when you throw away the cartridge, you throw away beneficial bacteria. It can take weeks for the bacteria to re-colonize, resulting in a stressful environment.

Typical Filter Media Placement:


AquaClear Foam Insert, which does the following: 1. Helps with debris removal and provides optimal water distribution patterns, allowing subsequent filter media to perform at full efficiency. 2. Biological filtration, due to the porous structure of foam, providing surfaces for beneficial bacteria.


AquaClear 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.


AquaClear BioMax Filter Inserts contain BioMax ceramic rings. The surface of BioMax is made up of a complex pore system that allows bacteria to thrive.

MULTI-STAGE Filtration
AquaClear Power Filters
Power Filter Maintenance
  • For maximum filter operation and efficiency, regular cleaning of the filter and its parts is recommended every two weeks.
  • Always unplug the Aquaclear Power Filter prior to cleaning.
  • First you want to remove the cover, filter basket, and discard water remaining in the filter case. Thoroughly rinse collected debris from the case, impeller cover and impeller assembly using clear lukewarm water.
  • Then intake "U" tube and extension tube can be cleaned with a filter stem brush to remove any build-up of deposits.
  • When all parts have been cleaned and thoroughly rinsed, reassemble filter and replace any scheduled media. Install the filter once again back on the aquarium making sure that the filter is tipped slightly forward.
  • Then fill the AquaClear filter box with aquarium water. Finally plug the filter into an electrical outlet and the AquaClear will self-prime and begin running in a few seconds.
Media Replacement

AquaClear Foam Filter Insert: Replace Foam Filter Insert every two months. AquaClear Activated Carbon Filter Insert: Replace Activated Carbon Insert every month. AquaClear BioMax Filter Insert: Replace BioMax Insert every three months.


The AquaClear Power Filters are guaranteed against defects in material or workmanship under normal aquarium usages and service for as long as you own the filter. We offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all non-replaceable parts which means that the filter will be repaired or replaced at the manufactures discretion, free of charge, when the complete pump is returned with proof of purchase and postage paid. Please include $5.00 to cover shipping and handling. This warranty does not apply to any filter that has been subjected to misuse, negligence or tampering. No liability is assumed with respect to loss or damage to livestock or personal property irrespective of the cause thereof.

AquaClear Powerhead 10
AquaClear 20 Power Filter
AquaClear 30 Power Filter
AquaClear 50 Power Filter
AquaClear 70 Power Filter
AquaClear 110 Power Filter
Aquarium Capacity up to 10 US Gallons 5 to 20 US gallons 10 to 30 US gallons 20 to 50 US gallons 40 to 70 US gallons 60 to 110 US gallons
Dimensions 4.5 x 2 x 4 inches 4.5 x 7 x 6.5 inches 18 4.5 x 8.2 x 6.7 inches 4 x 9 x 8 inches 6.2 x 10.7 x 8.6 inches 7.1 x 13.9 x 9.1 inches
Pump Output 80 US Gal/h 100 US Gal/h 150 US Gal/h 200 US Gal/h 300 US Gal/h 500 US Gal/h

AquaClear Media
AquaClear Ammonia Remover

AquaClear Ammonia Remover is ideal for new or heavily populated freshwater aquariums. It removes and controls harmful ammonia and nitrite. AquaClear Ammonia Remover reduces stress on fish, provides numerous bacterial attachment points, and is long lasting and reusable. It is exclusively designed for use in the AquaClear Power Filter.

Aquaclear Biomax

The AquaClear BioMax Filter Insert provides an optimal environment for beneficial bacteria growth. It works to reduce ammonia and nitrite levels in your tank, and it increases biological filtration efficiency by 30 percent.The AquaClear BioMax Filter Insert is made exclusively for the AquaClear 50 Power Filter.

AquaClear Activated Carbon

AquaClear Activated Carbon Filter Insert improves water clarity for freshwater and marine aquariums. AquaClear Activated Carbon Filter Insert provides superior adsorption qualities which eliminate odors, discoloration and impurities. The Carbon Filter supports beneficial bacterial colonies and works to remove chlorine, smoke and aerosol spray contaminants.

AquaClear Foam

AquaClear Foam Filter Insert provides mechanical filtration in freshwater or marine environments by trapping particles and debris. The porous construction provides numerous bacterial attachments, and in addition the AquaClear Foam Filter Insert offers powerful biological filtration.

Hagen AquaClear Nylon Bag, 2-Pack

The AquaClear Filter Media Bag makes media maintenance extremely simple. The fine mesh holds small grained filter media and the bags may be used in both fresh and salt-water aquariums.

AquaClear Zeo-Carb

AquaClear Zeo-Carb is a premium blend of research grade Fluval Carbon and Fluval Ammonia Remover. Working together, these highly effective media eliminate liquefied impurities.

AquaClear Vibrator Pump

The AquaClear Vibrator Pumps are a full range of technically advanced air pumps that provide reliable power for all aquarium air requirements. These "virtually silent" running air pumps will provide many years of trouble-free operation. The AquaClear Vibrator Air Pumps are a reliable source of air for air-operated items such as air stones, air-actuated ornaments, air driven protein skimmers or for adding movement or oxygen to any aquarium.

Nutrafin nutrition and water treatments
Nutrafin Cycle Biological Filter Supplement

Nutrafin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement features a high-concentration formula that immediately establishes a safe biological aquarium environment. Cycle goes to work fast, releasing massive amounts of beneficial bacteria that eliminate toxic ammonia and nitrites and creates a biologically well-balanced aquarium for healthy fish to thrive.

Nutrafin Aqua Plus Water Conditioner

Nutrafin Aqua Plus Tap Water Conditioner makes tap water safe for fish. It protects scales and fins, neutralizes chlorine, chloramines, and undesirable metals. Nutrafin Aqua Plus Tap Water Conditioner features a patented stress-relief function with the inclusion of pure herbal extracts.

Nutrafin Waste Control Bio Aqua Cleaner

Nutrafin Waste Control Biological Aquarium Cleaner helps reduce aquarium maintenance by helping to reduce waste in gravel, power filters, decoration and on interior aquarium surfaces. It rapidly reduces organic waste from overfeeding, fish waste and other decaying material such as plant leaves.

Nutrafin Plant Gro Iron Enriched

Nutrafin Plant Gro Aquatic Plant Essential Micro-Nutrients supports strong plant growth and conditioning by providing a complete chelated micro nutrient formula (except boron).

Nutrafin Mini Master Test Kit

Nutrafin Mini Master Test Kit contains 4 tests for freshwater aquariums. There's also a special quick reference guide and each test kit has its own instructions.

Nutrafin Master Test Kit

The Nutrafin Master Test Kit is suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums. It includes 10 test parameters to help make sure you are providing a proper living environment for your fish and plants including tests for: Phosphate, Calcium, Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, pH High Range, pH Low Range, Carbonate Hardness, General Hardness and Iron.

Product Details

Style: 20: 5 to 20 US Gallons
User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 7 x 6.5 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000260FVG
  • Item model number: A595
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,048 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Customer Reviews

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By J. Burke on September 28, 2008
Style Name: 20: 5 to 20 US Gallons
Unlike other filters that force you to spend money on new filters pads every two weeks, spending a lot on money you didn't think you would have to, this filter does not require replacement filter pads. Instead, it has a block of foam that is used to trap the dirt in the water. Every two weeks, simple clean the foam in water by squeezing it a few times! Just do it in your water changing bucket with de-chlorinated water.

You can change the carbon filter whenever you choose to. In fact, it is not needed all that much. I have run my tanks without carbon for a month at a time, no big deal. If the water starts to look yellow or brown, it is time to change it and put in some fresh carbon.
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Style Name: 30: 10 to 30 US Gallons Verified Purchase
I bought my AquaClear 30 in early July. It was definitely quieter than the previous filter and seemed to do a better job keeping the tank clear. I've had it long enough to have cleaned it and, as filter cleaning goes, I find this design very user friendly. Then, yesterday, we had a power bounce and the filter didn't come back. After eliminating the outlet as a problem, I noticed the bottom of the unit was very warm. I unplugged it, let it cool, plugged it back in. Nothing. Today, I went to my nearest PetCo for a new filter. The filter is under warranty but I needed something for the fish today. Upon learning which filter I had, then gentleman helping me said that these filters almost never die and his is about 14 years old. He showed me how to remove the propeller box and clean it out. He told me that sometimes debris settles during a power failure and the propeller can't turn when the power comes back. He was right. I got home, took 2 minutes to clean the propeller, and we're back in business. No need for a new filter after all! I'm feeling really good about my choice of filter. Easy to maintain (once you know what you're doing) and works well!
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We have 2 cats and a dog that were all drinking from the same bowl. The one cat is always in the sinks and bath tub waiting for his water fix. After seeing the high price for pet watering fountains, i started looking at do it yourself options and came across this idea after doing some searching.
Set it on an inexpensive 8 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot from Walmart and the pets love it. Gets them drinking more and its filtered water to boot!

I initially was going to go with the cheapest filter i could find, but then figured why not get something thats rated well and has good filtering capability.
Been using it about 6 weeks and so far so good. One con (if it is a con) is if it gets unplugged, it has to be reprimed.
Other than that so far so good.
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Style Name: 50: 20 to 50 Gallons
Length: 6:38 Mins
12-7-2013 Update and some additional information:

I moved my aquarium to another room the week 11/24/2013. When I moved the aquarium, I decided to clean the housing, impeller, and the cavity the impeller sits in. Up until this time, the AC 50 had been running quiet. However, after cleaning everything out, the impeller was making noise like it did when it was new. As of today (12-7-2013), this noise has been reduced by about 1/2. If things continue, the filter should be quiet again after the impeller builds up a slime coat. I also removed the undergravel filter from my aquarium. 12-13-2013 filter is quite again, just the sound of the motor running.

I have been reading several negative reviews about this filter not priming itself after a power failure, filter cleaning, or a water change. One thing that appears to be an issue when reading these reviews is that the water level in the aquarium has gone below that of the top of the impeller cover. When the filter is turned off, the water level in the filter will become equal to the water level in the aquarium. If the water level is below that of the intake tube, the syphon will be lost and the intake tube will drain of water and the filter will not be able to start on its own without refilling the water in the filter. This is typical of many Hang Over the Back (HOB) filters.

Sometimes, the impeller will fail to restart. This can be due to residue on the impeller shaft or on the magnet of the impeller. A good cleaning will usually remedy this problem. However, a long stick or skewer can be used to jump start the impeller if it fails to restart (this however only works if you are there to witness the problem). Any HOB filter that has a stuck impeller, and remains plugged in, has the risk of motor burnout.
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Style Name: 70: 40 to 70 US Gallons
There is so much to say about this filter, it's hard to know where to start.
I bought this filter to replace a very ineffective Marineland Pengiun HOB filter. I have a 20 gallon tank, but have a heavy bioload due to a dozen or so fish being born in our tank (thank you Petsmart). The issues we ran into with the Penguin filter were many (see my review), so I looked for a more powerful and configurable filter. The Aquaclear 70 fit the bill.
The housing has plastic walls that I think are a bit thin. I feel the need to be very careful with it when I take it apart and put it back together. That's about the only critical thing I have to say about this filter. It has a dial on the back to help keep the filter level. The impeller and motor can be easily replaced with a simple twist.
You get two intakes with this unit, so you can have it at mid-level, or extend it to get closer to the bottom. The intake swivels a bit, which causes a reduction in the water intake. This is a very useful feature, as it recycles some of the water already in the filter to mix with the water from the intake to give you extra clean water, just at a slower rate. This also comes in handy when you want to reduce the water disturbance for feeding.
The filter media included with the unit is exceptional. You get a filter sponge that catches the debris, a carbon "sock" to catch the very fine particles and chemicals, and "bio max" which is just a media to keep beneficial bacteria. The sponge can be rinsed and reused to your heart's content. It's very sturdy and seems to be effective. The carbon "sock" is huge! Although there is some debate among aquarists if you need continual carbon filtration or not, you certainly can get a lot of chemical filtration should you so desire.
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