Aquatop CF Series Canister Filter (370 and 525 GPH with UV)
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- Includes UV Sterilization for crystal clear water
- Convenient self-priming pump
- Extremely quiet
- 3+1 Stage filtration system
- 370 gals/hr
- Suitable for tanks up to 125-gallon
- 9-Watt UV sterilizer
- Dimensions: 10-1/2-Inch by 10-1/2-Inch by 16-Inch
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This 370 GPH 3+1 filtration system is ideal for fresh and saltwater aquariums up to 125 gallons. The CF400-UV comes equipped with a 9 watt UV Sterilizer, 3 fine filter pads (white), 1 coarse filter sponge (blue) for enhanced Mechanical Filtration, all the necessary plumbing for installation, and 3 large filtration media compartments allowing you to add the filtration media of your choice. Also included is AquaTop’s Premium Activated Carbon, Ceramic Rings, or Bio-Balls.
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The CF400-UV has become a very popular canister filter for the price and performance. The 370GPH, 3+1 filtration system is ideal for fresh and saltwater aquariums ranging in size from 75 gallons to 125 gallons. The integrated 9 watt UV sterilizer helps keep your aquarium healthy and crystal clear. The CF400-UV defies its low price because it comes equipped not only with a UV sterilizer but all the necessary plumbing for installation and includes three large filtration media compartments, allowing you to add the filtration media of your choice. The filtration media trays offer a fully customizable filtration system to suit your specific aquatic needs. The CF400-UV includes three fine filter pads (white) and a single coarse filter sponge (blue) for enhanced mechanical filtration. With the included AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, Ceramic Rings, and Bio-Balls you’ll achieve superior filtration and crystal clear aquarium water. The CF400-UV Canister Filter has a convenient Prime Pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning! Say good bye to a mouth full of aquarium water!!!
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Just installed my ATCF400 and as far as it goes I'm highly pleased with it, I can say that within a matter of a few hours water in my 85 gal tank seemed drinkable and my FH seems to sense the change in his environment aswell.
It is my first canister and I have never seen other filters that quiet, only because I see the outflow in my tank it is I know canister is actually working!, by the way outflow is great too. The space inside of it and the size of the media trays allow you to customize at your wish.
I have read that some people seemed to have not a good opinion of this brand however I am very happy with mine, it has the job done quickly, easy and neatly.
What I conclude about the fact some people seem very happy while others dont is that this cheap brands lack of a good quality control so perhaps it makes it "risky"-so to speak- to buy this kind of brands for you may recive a unit with some difects somehow easier that if you buy a more known and expensive brand.
I think I'm one of the lucky ones because I couldn't complain about my ATFC400 performance.
Today, May the 24th its been more than a month that my ATCF400 has been running 24/7 and water is still as the very same day I installed it, water flow is still very strong, I dont use the spray bars, I prefer water just drops in as it goes and creates a nice current and bubbles.
My 11" FlowerHorn generates a lot of waste, poos a lot, so I have been forced just to siphon the substrate just a couple of times, along to the regular 20%-25% water chages twice a week and that's all the maintenance I have been doing so far.
I've been looking for a canister filter for over a year now. found the prices on the brand manes to be a bit restrictive for my budget. Came across the Aquatop line, bought from Amazon, who had the best package I did some research and checked the reviews. I finally decided to purchase one and give it a try.
Review on setup:
The filter arrived in excellent condition, did find some moisture inside, but assumed this would be from final water tests. Also got a greasy feeling on the top part when removed from the body, but this appeared to be a lubricant used on the body rubber seal. Was a bit disappointed that there wasn't any media included, which was stated as optional in the manual. This worked out in my interest as the media would have added additional shipping weight based on my location.
I'm a techie, so assembly was not that difficult, did however look at the manual to verify order of parts. As for the green tubing, I had a piece of 1/4" steel that I Fed through the hose and left for about 2 days. This straightened it out. My view on the media baskets is that they are huge, the four can hold alot of media. Didn't take long to setup,remember to fill the base 3/4 full with water before priming, works alot better this way, ran it overnight, but only saw and inprovement about 4 days later, reason being I was only using filter floss in the 4 baskets, yes in all four baskets. Don't know much about the UV light, haven't used it much.
Haven't gotten around to purchasing the correct media yet. My aquarium is crystal clear, apart fro the slight yellow coloured water, which is my fault this filter is amazing. I constantly have to be checking it to know if its working.As for the output, I removed the spray bar and let the water just pour into the aquarium, no regrets. I'm very impressed with it and intend to purchase another one as soon as I upgrade my aquarium.
It's now 2 months that the filter has been running. I've only taken it apart twice for cleaning. Still very silent and working wonderfully. think I will buy an impeller for backup.
I bought this for a brood tank for Tilapia and hope to have a breeding colony ready come the Spring for an aquaponics system. Firstly, I read the tutorial on how to setup a canister filter by 'Pondguru' on Youtube. He actually says that the SunSun canister filters are terrible and being that the Aquatop canister filters are made at the same factory and look nearly identical, it is possible that these are simply rebadged but are actually the same filter. Anyways, just looking at this strictly on it's own merits. After watching that video, I know that no manufacturer will pack their canisters with proper mechanical filtration and bio media. That is ok and I won't ding Aquatop for that. It does come with what seems to be 1 coarse sponge filter, and 3 fine sponge filters. But there is no medium sponge filter. I will add that later. I will also add BioHome media but since I am in a rush, I have Seachem Matrix (which is just garbage) which I will use for now.
Upon initial inspection, the unit is quite handsome looking. The cannister is also solidly built. The tubing that comes with it is of good quality. The intake and outtake pipes are standard issue. The adjustable intake pipe is suspect however. I don't see how the locking mechanism will ever hold position if extended all the way and suction is applied by the filter. Seems to be a minor design flaw. Now for the problems with it's construction. The clasps that hold the motor in place are very flimsy. I will have to be sure to be extra careful when opening the filter as I am sure they will break someday. They are that poorly made. Also, the lever to open/close the intake/outtake lines is also very flimsy. Since this needs to be winched down to properly seal, I see this too as something that can easily break and will need to exercise the same care. The lid/motor rubber seal is thin. With this being such a critical component I don't know why Aquatop chose to make this seal so thin. It looks like it can easily fold upon itself as the lid is tightly secured into place. This would cause damage to the seal and of course, lead to leaks. The gauge on this seal should have been of higher. Any user who buys this should be sure to apply silicon lube so it doesn't wear down (this should be done on all canister filters anyway). The filter trays are very filmsy but looking at videos of all other canister filters, that seems to be how they all are. Since trays largely aren't a moving part, I don't see this as being an issue. I did not inspect the motor. But after setting it up, the flow seems to be low for 264gph. I expected jets to be streaming out of the 10 or so holes and was hoping that by angling the jets down to the surface of the water, I would not need to add an air stone to oxygenate my tank. But that clearly isn't the case. I will see how long it takes for this to fill a gallon and add that info later into this review later. But no way can this flow be 264gph. I read other reviews where they said priming the unit was difficult. I did not experience that. One waft of the primer bulb caused an immediate siphon for me, which is good.
That is all for now. I am cycling my tank as we speak. I think I can live with the low flow of this filter because that will allow for better bio filtration. Since this is just a brood/stock tank, I am not concerned about aesthetics too much so I don't need crystal clarity. My only outstanding concern is the performance/dependability of the pump. And there is only one way to find out how that is going to work out.
EDIT 1: Seems the outtake is sufficient. I did not measure how long it took to fill a gallon jug or anything. However, once I removed the jet pipe, I could clearly see there was quite a good amount of flow. The jet pipe does seem to restrict flow a lot. Also, I think it is safer for the fish to have an airstone rather than rely upon the jets to stir up oxygen. I am therefore removing the jet pipe to increase flow. So far this is proving to be a good canister filter and if it proves reliable, I will up the rating to 4 stars.
EDIT 2: The generic-ness of this canister filter will actually work out in the long run. Any owner of a canister filter should look at replacing the mechanical filter media (the sponges) with a coarse/medium/fine sponge filter. If you shop around, you can find this fairly cheaply around the web. Look on eBay for "reticulated foam". All you would then need to do is cut them to size with a pair of scissors. Eventually, you will have to replace these filters and that this canister is so generic, it will save you in operation cost over the life of your canister. Other filters will end up costing you a ton to replace those filters. And in all honestly, they won't do a better job in terms of mechanical filtration (which is the component of removing solids and polishing the water in your tank). Also, canister filter owners should use the best bio filtration media available: BioHome Mini Ultimate. It is a little expensive due to shipping, but so is replacing dead fish. Ok, with that said, this filter gets 3.5 stars largely because the flow it produces is functional at best. Perhaps the same filter with the higher flow rate will produce more current in the tank. Or perhaps this is actually by design and some fish actually prefer less current than others. Another thing that I have issue with is that the bottom of the canister has very little space between it and the bottom of the first tray. I would wish that there is more room there for the solids/muck to settle out before hitting mechanical filtration. That there is very little space there, you will need to clean this canister more often. Other than that, I have had this canister running non-stop for a month, no issues. It has been my first canister ever purchased as I am a new fish keeper. But I have read a ton on the subject and will be making my own filter using a Danner Mag 5 pump for an interconnecting system in the future. Those that are looking to get this filter, do as I suggest and buy the coarse/medium/fine filters, BioHome media, and also save yourself a few bucks and get the SunSun version which should be the exact same from eBay.
EDIT 3: There is an issue the intake tube alignment through the trays. Even if you are very careful, it is very easy for these trays to not line up. If this happens, the muck that is sucked up does not go to the bottom of the cannister and can spill outwards into your bio media where the down tubes connect through the trays, ruining the effectiveness of your bio filtration. The result is a spike in your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. I found this out the hard way. All canister manufacturers do this, the down spout tubes in the tray are supposed to slide into each other. Personally, I think it would better if there was one long tube which can be fastened to the bottom tray (but still be removable for packaging purposes). Then the user can add the media while the trays are in the canister insuring that the muck goes to the bottom through mechanical filtration and does not spill out over the bio media. This issue, plus the only adequate pump power makes this simply an good average canister.
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