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Where is The Proper Position to Put An External Filter for Your Aquarium?

Updated: May 14, 2023

The proper position to put an external filter for an aquarium can depend on a few factors, such as the size and shape of the aquarium, the type of external filter being used, and the needs of the aquatic inhabitants. However, there are some general guidelines that can be followed.


Typically, an external filter should be placed outside of the aquarium and below the water level. This allows water to flow out of the aquarium and into the filter, where it can be cleaned and then returned to the aquarium. Placing the filter below the water level helps to ensure that the filter will not become damaged or lose its prime due to air getting into the system.


Additionally, the filter should be placed at a position that allows for easy access and maintenance. This may mean placing it in a cabinet or on a stand that is easily accessible, or it may mean placing it next to the aquarium in a position where it can be easily reached.


It is also important to consider the flow rate of the filter and the needs of the aquatic inhabitants. For example, if the aquarium contains sensitive species (such as betta and Tetra) that require low flow rates, the filter may need to be placed at a position that allows for additional modifications to the flow rate, by getting an external filter that come with adjustable flow like Fluval FX or 07 Series.


Overall, the best position for an external filter will depend on the specific needs of the aquarium and its inhabitants, but placing it outside of the aquarium and below the water level, while ensuring easy access for maintenance, is a good starting point.


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