Reef Aquarium Methods of Filtration

You decided which type of aquarium you wanted and have probably spent way too much money procuring it. Now it’s time to pack it full of corals, fish and other aquatic goodies, right? Wrong!

You haven’t planned your filtration system yet. If you pack the tank full of inhabitants without a proper filtration system, they will all be poisoned by their own by-products and die!! I know that reads pretty harshly, but it’s the truth. Without adequate filtration and a fully cycled aquarium, your construction efforts will only lead to disappointment, dead corals and a drained checking account.

Every living creature that you will eventually place in your aquarium will produce ammonia, just like humans do. If the ammonia is not removed quickly and efficiently, the aquarium inhabitants will be poisoned and, in due course, die.

There are three types of filtration used in a reef aquarium: Mechanical, Chemical and Biological. Each method approaches filtration in a different manner though they all accomplish the same task, tank filtration that maintains an ideal environment for your aquariums inhabitants. Please follow the links below to educate yourself on the specifics of each filtration type and determine which type of filtration system would be best for you, your tank and its inhabitants:

  • Chemical Reef Aquarium Filtration
  • Biological Reef Aquarium Filtration
  • Mechanical Reef Aquarium Filtration

Reef Aquarium Filtration Systems

Once you have an understanding of the different types of filtration used to maintain a reef aquarium, it’s time to figure out how to incorporate one of the filtration types into your reef aquarium.

Some of the main systems used to filter a reef aquarium are the Wet-Dry Filter, the Sump System and the Refugium (my favorite type). Please follow the links below to educate yourself on the specifics of each system and determine how to incorporate them into your aquarium.

  • Refugium Filter System
  • Sump Filter System
  • Wet-Dry Filter