Lee's Aquarium - Lee's Economy Corner Box Filter - Your Fish Stuff
filter medium outside of the aquarium. These box filters costs $9, whereas small, motorized filter will start at
As mentioned above, the power filter can become ineffective in time, which is why it needs to be regularly cleaned. I clean my box filters maybe once a year, and it’s easy because you have access to everything. The only part that requires a pipe brush is the air intake and bubbler tube, but because of the tube sizes, it would take years for accumulation to build up to the point of slowing down the air flow, if at all. It’s a quick simple clean, and convenient to do so when performing a media change when the box filter has to come out of the aquarium.
This goes for all air powered filters. Battery-operated motors are typically used for air stones while transporting fish, but it can also pump air into your box filter during an emergency when you have no electricity, so your tank will continue filtering and your fish won't be jeopardized. I think everyone with an aquarium should at least have one battery-operated motor and an air driven filter as a safety measure. Only a generator will keep other filters working during a power outage.
Rain Drip Top of Tank Trickle Box Aquarium Filter - YouTube
Homemade Box Filters - New Hampshire Aquarium Society
Air driven Box Filters can be filled with the media of your choice; , Polyfiber sheets, Floss or , Carbon or Resin, for raising pH or Peat Moss for decreasing pH. Comes with raised plastic base as shown. Box filters can be used in aquariums where sponges can’t be used such as with fish that will eat sponge. Plecos, other catfish as well as many herbivores like Tropheus and other algae grazing Malawi cichlids. Box filters are also popular due to the visibility of media condition. Unlike sponge filters, it is apparent when media gets dirty in a box filter. The corner box filter is still one of the more common air-driven aquarium filters. It is basically a box that sits inside your aquarium that can contain various filter media and is often powered by an air pump. Prior to pump-powered filters (such as , HOB, filters etc), the aquarium hobbyist had limited filter choices, and one of the more popular ones was the corner box filter. Although a corner box filter is very useful in many situations, with other options available to the modern aquarist, I can not recommend this filter to be used as the primary filter - at most, it can be used to provide additional filtration. Here are some of the drawbacks one would encounter with the corner box filter...