Do you really need a filter for your pond or aquarium? A beginners guide!

Do I really need a filter for my pond or aquarium? A question that most fish enthusiasts and hobbyists have in their minds when they get started.

The short answer is a definitive yes!

A filter cleans the water of debris, removes the toxic build-up of ammonia and nitrates, and aerates the water so that your fish can breathe easily. Unless you want an aquarium of dead fish, a filter is essential.

Cleaning the traditional way?

If you own a much smaller tank, you might be wondering if you could clean the tank and replace it with clean water rather than a filter. But cleaning the tank isn’t a monthly affair but is something that you need to do weekly.

While this option is practical for small aquariums, removing a massive aquarium disrupts the ecosystem. Plus, removing the fish and transferring them to a temporary holding can be traumatizing. Suppose you own tropical fish, where they need to be kept in saltwater at optimum temperate. In that case, this option is an impractical solution.

While small-scale tanks can be cleaned and restored, it is a challenging task that requires you to dedicate maybe an entire day.

A top of that, cleaning an outdoor pond is beyond impossible in this manner every week. There is so much waste that falls into an outdoor pond, from leaves to dirt to other particles, and if you tried to do it the manual way, it might never be done.

So, there is no denying that filters make your life easier, cutting down on manual work. Mother nature looks after the ponds that she creates, and it is up to you as an enthusiast to look after the ones you make.

Choosing the Right filter

There are several filters available in the market. It all depends on your requirement and the type of livestock you own.

Primarily, filter media are of two different levels –

1 Mechanical Pond Filters

2 Biological Pond Filters

Let’s talk Mechanical!

Mechanical Pond filters help remove waste, toxic substances, and debris from the water, whether in a pond or an aquarium. The mechanical filters can be sponges, brushes, or vortexes that absorb these substances and create a clean environment.

It will look like a single layer of fabric built inside are layers of different to the outside. There are several layers of fabric coated underneath that have their purposes in cleaning.

At KoralFilters, there are filters available based on whether you would be using it in a pond or an aquarium. Pond filters have added layers since it demands a high level of cleaning, with the external factors.

Installing a mechanical filter is a simplified process. In our filter range, once you select the right filter that matches your requirement, you get to choose the size that you require.

Mechanical filters also build biological filtration features that help cultivate good bacteria over time.

Once every week, you will need to take the filter media out, clean it with a hose or running water, and put it back. The filters we produce are durable enough to be washed and reused and still cheap enough to throw away.

Biological Filters

Biofilter media includes media that houses good bacteria that can break down the harmful waste created by the pond inhabitants. This breakdown of waste reduces the toxic levels of nitrite and ammonia, making it a safe environment in the ecosystem.

Rocks from the ocean can be a natural biological filter for saltwater tanks. They ensure the correct levels of nitrogen are maintained and are a natural filter.