Penn-Plax Cascade CCF5UL Canister Filter for Large Aquariums and Fish Tanks 30 Gallons Up to 200 Gallons Options

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Cascade
17 Inch
  • CASCADE CANISTER FILTER FOR FRESHWATER OR MARINE ENVIRONMENTS: the Cascade 1000 (CCF3UL) has 3 media baskets, works at 265 GPH, and is recommended for Aquariums up to 100 gallons. It measures 11.5 x 17 x 10 inches.
  • STATE OF THE ART FEATURES OF THE CASCADE 1000: ♦ flow valves that rotate 360 degrees for easy maneuvering in even the tightest aquarium cabinets ♦ large capacity media baskets allow aquarists to customize to their media needs ♦ push button primer allows for a quick and easy prime of the filter ♦ includes a spray bar, tubing, directional spout for customization, and filter medium.
  • USE ANY COMBINATION OF MEDIA: floss pad for removing particulate matter and a course sponge that provides abundant surface for promoting bacterial growth (to remove ammonia and nitrites) included free with purchase
  • SEE BELOW FOR DIAGRAM, THE CASCADE 1000 INCLUDES: ♦ Flow rate control cut-off valves ♦ two independent directional 360 degree rotating valve taps ♦ swimming pool – style hose clamps ♦ quick, easy, push button self-primer ♦ extra-large capacity stackable filter medium containers with lift-up handles ♦ floss pad and coarse sponge included, free with each canister filter ♦ easy lift alignment clamps that release vacuum suction ♦ sturdy tip-proof base
  • FILTER MEDIA OPTIONS BY CASCADE AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, SOLD SEPARATELY: see below for details, sold separately is media such as: bio-floss, bio-sponge, bio-rings, filt-a-pack pro-z, and filt-a-pack pro-carb-z.

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Item Number CCF1UL CCF2UL CCF3UL CCF4UL CCF5UL
For Aquariums up to 30 Gallons 65 Gallons 100 Gallons 150 Gallons 200 Gallons
Gallons per Hour (GPH) 115 gph 185 gph 265 gph 315 gph 350 gph
# of Media Baskets 2 2 3 4 5
Dimensions (in inches) 11.5 x 13.5 x 9 11.5 x 15 x 10 11.5 x 17 x 10 11.5 x 20.5 x 11 11.5 x 20.5 x 12
Filtrx, Activated, Carbon, Karbon, Car, Bon, Kar, Clean, Odor, Smell, Yellowing, Water, Cleaning Filtrx, Zeolite, Zeolight, Zeo, Light, Lite, Crystal, Absorb, Absorbing, Clear, Clean, Water, Filter Filtrx, Aquarium, Fish, Tank, Media, Mix, Mixture, Combo, Combination, Cascade, Zeolite, Carbon
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Other Compatible Filter Media Bio-Floss Bio-Sponge Bio-Rings Filtrx Activated Carbon Filtrx Zeolite Filtrx Activated Carbon & Zeolite Mixture
Model Number CCF231 CCF229 CCF236 CFSCB1 CFSCB2 CFSCB3
All Filter Media fit in the Cascade Filter Trays Poly Fiber Floss Pad. Traps floating particulate matter Optimizes colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria Biological ceramic rings to remove ammonia & nitrites Remove toxins, harmful chemicals, and odors Ammonia-Removing Zeolite Crystals for healthy water Activated Carbon + Zeolite for crystal clear water

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Pattern Name:Cascade  |  Size:17 Inch

The Penn Plax Cascade 1000 Canister Aquarium Filter is a heavy-duty external filtration system. The Cascade 1000 (CCF3UL) is for aquariums up to 100 gallons and pumps 265 gallons per hour (GPH). Delivering powerful mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration, which produces crystal clear water in both fresh and marine aquariums. Crystal Clear Water for Fresh and Marine Aquariums: The Cascade Advantage! The floss pad removes fine particulate matter, while the activated carbon media removes toxins and impurities from the water, leaving a cleaner and healthier environment for your fish and other aquatic life. The coarse sponge makes for an abundant surface area for proper biological filtration by promoting bacterial growth to effectively remove waste, excess food and harmful ammonia and nitrates. This durable aquarium filter is equipped with quick-disconnect tubing connectors that can also be utilized to control the filter's flow rate. To ensure a secure and water-tight fit, this dynamic fish tank filter utilizes four locking clamps along with a motorhead equipped with an integrated O-ring. Filter media is included free with each canister filter.

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Pattern Name:Cascade  |  Size:17 Inch
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 17 x 11.5 x 10 inches; 12 Pounds
  • Item model number : CCF3UL
  • Department : Filters
  • Date First Available : October 30, 2005
  • Manufacturer : Monster Pets
  • ASIN : B0002DJ9NY
  • Customer Reviews:
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Item Dimensions 17 x 11.5 x 10 inches 7.5 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches 7.5 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches 9.84 x 9.84 x 16.93 inches 7.87 x 7.87 x 5.91 inches 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches

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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
Pattern Name: CascadeSize: 17 InchVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars First canister filter experience—why didn’t I discover this before?
By judy on August 3, 2017
So…1 new 75 gallon tank containing maybe 60 gallons of water, 1 very messy turtle who does get fed in the tank, 1 new Cascade 1000 filter with the included filter media only, and 1 person with no canister filter experience. All I knew was that I was tired of smelly cloudy water in his old 55 gallon tank with a fish tank filter only, and did not want to repeat the experience. Unfortunately, we had to put the turtle in the new tank about 3 days before the filter arrived, so as you can see from the first two ‘before’ pictures, we really put this filter to the test with totally smelly unfiltered water. There was a big difference in 24 hours, but It took about a week to get the awful water to become nicely see-through again, and a couple more days to get rid of most of the pond smell. The water did not get crystal clear until after the first filter change. The first filter media lasted about 3 weeks before the water began to cloud up, so I had to start the new media in slightly cloudy water, which it totally cleared after 3 days. I expect to only change the filter once a month or so now that the water quality is under control. **Update: It was 5 weeks before I decided to change the filter again, and the water was still clear.** When I changed the filter, I rinsed the bag of charcoal and the sponge biofilter in the water that was still in the filter after taking the baskets out. I put the bag of charcoal in the bottom basket again and the sponge biofilter in the top. I put a new bag of charcoal in the middle basket as well as floss in each basket. After reading some other suggestions, I also stuffed a little pillow floss around the top basket. **Update: This turned out to e a very good idea-see the last picture.** I will also probably use bio rings and only one new charcoal bag each change or two as time goes on.
As a first-time canister filter user, I looked at all the reviews and pictures and filter media suggestions before deciding to purchase. This was the one that both fit my budget and had great reviews, so I decided to try it. It came with all the filter media in the three baskets in order, and with the shut-off valves put together. (Whew). I had no trouble putting it together, cutting the hoses to length, and priming it. I did discover you need to prime by pushing the button very fast. (After the first filter change, I did not need to prime, the hoses were already full of water, and I had put about an inch in the filter, so when I turned it on, everything started).
I have included several pictures of my exterior filter and hose setup. It was difficult for me to find pictures that showed the whole setup in detail. I hope these will be helpful to other beginners. I understand how it works now, but had no idea in the beginning. I hung my hoses off the back of the tank next to the wall. (The top of my tank is 1 ¾ inches from the wall, the glass part is 2 inches from the wall. I cut my hoses to about 40 inches in length. The hoses do touch a bit of the wall, but I could get them off by moving the filter.) I put the filter directly below the tank and have it plugged into a power strip, which makes it easy to turn on and off. I have the filter in a plastic crate because I am paranoid, but have not had any leaks from anywhere in the system. It also makes clean up easier if I spill any water when I unhook the filter. The filter is almost silent after it fills. The ‘waterfall’ from the tube is quite loud, but natural sounding. I used three of the 4 aerator tubes to bring the water farther out into the aquarium. I get some water out of the tube holes, and the rest pours out the end. Turtle seems to enjoy playing in the waterfall. The suction cup holders do a great job holding the waterfall tubes out of the water – see picture, but are not able to hold the intake tube in place. I put 4 on it but destructo-turtle easily pulls the tube out of the holders. It still stays hooked over the side and does not move very much, but I will be glad when I can block it off and get gravel in the bottom to distract him.
I am so impressed with this filter, my turtle never had it so good. Five stars isn’t enough.

Update** I have had this filter running every day for the last 3+ years. Still nice clear water. I have been using bio-floss in each basket, a bio sponge on the top in the lower basket, activated charcoal on top in the middle basket, and bio-rings on top in the top basket. I still stuff floss down the side of the top basket.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2017
Pattern Name: CascadeSize: Cascade 1500Verified Purchase
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inefficient Design - Too Much Bypass
By Steven W on June 7, 2017
Too much bypass, i.e. too much water flowing through the sides of the filter compartments. Water is supposed to flow first, through the most bottom filter compartment, then through the compartment on top of that. However, due to the bypass issue, water flows through all the compartments at will. As a result, my top biological filter compartment began to fill with gunk, which is supposed to be removed by the bottom three filter compartments.

I finally managed to fix the problem by wrapping a 6 mm expanded polypropylene (EPP) sheet as shown in the picture.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
Pattern Name: CascadeSize: Cascade 1500Verified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Filter. Unbeatable Value. Highly, highly recommended.
By JSLumsden on May 26, 2016
I've been a user of Fluval filters, and I recently (my fault) broke the case of my Fluval 405. Since I've had problems with the Fluval 405 before (difficult to prime, leaks during power failures, etc) the broken case caused me to consider other potential filter options. After some research I found the Cascade models and decided on the 1500.

Here's what I love about it:
Sturdy construction - All the components of the filter are made from sturdy plastic. Much stiffer and stronger than the plastic casing of the Fluval 405. Also, the casing is translucent so you can see through it to give you an indication of what's going on inside which is an added bonus! Lastly, the joint between the motor unit and the canister is held by 4 latches of better design the similar 2 latches on the Fluval.

Ergonomic design - The motor unit has a convenient fold-up handle that allows for ease of pick-up and locating the filter. The filter baskets each have a handle to allow ease of removal of the filter baskets. The primer button is also easy to use.

Exceptional value - The filter has 5 filter baskets that are a very large size allowing for tremendous options to setup your desired mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration. It also comes with BOTH a spray-bar and spout outlet setup allowing to you to choose the setup of your choice.

Easy setup - The instructions are extremely clear and the setup is very easy. The hose attachments at the filter, shutoff valves, and at the over-the-rim hardware are all fabulous. No leaks and very sturdy installation that gave me much more confidence than I had in my Fluval setups.

Quiet Operation - Lastly, its important to note that this filter is effectively silent. I haven't heard a peep from it after it cycled all the last bits of air out of the filter media

I love the filter and strongly recommend it. See my comparison pictures of a few key comparisons to the Fluval 405 filter baskets.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
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Anas
1.0 out of 5 stars It doesnt even work when it arrived. It broke and a burnt smell was coming out
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2021
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Shauna
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviews made nervous ... I am not disappointed!
Reviewed in Canada on August 7, 2018
Pattern Name: CascadeSize: 20.5 InchVerified Purchase
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CdnHockeyDude
1.0 out of 5 stars How is it this popular if it's this bad?
Reviewed in Canada on August 2, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice filter
Reviewed in Canada on October 22, 2018
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Gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Muy buen producto
Reviewed in Mexico on December 6, 2019
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