ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Tropical Fish & Aquariums

Installing the new Fluval-G Filter-Part 2 - Preparation

Updated on March 19, 2010

Fluval Installation pictures

Fluval-G3 Box Front
Fluval-G3 Box Front
Fluval-G3 package contents
Fluval-G3 package contents
Fluval-G3 Input/Exhaust parts
Fluval-G3 Input/Exhaust parts
Fluval-G3 Exhaust Spray Bar
Fluval-G3 Exhaust Spray Bar
Fluval-G3 Flow Control
Fluval-G3 Flow Control
Fluval-G3 Open Access door
Fluval-G3 Open Access door
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 1
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 1
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 2
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 2
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 3
Fluval-G3 Chemical Cartridge Removal - 3
Fluval-G3 Mechanical Cartridge Removal - 1
Fluval-G3 Mechanical Cartridge Removal - 1
Fluval-G3 Emptied Cartridge container
Fluval-G3 Emptied Cartridge container
Fluval-G3 Pump Head Removal
Fluval-G3 Pump Head Removal
Fluval-G3 Emptied Cartridge container exposed
Fluval-G3 Emptied Cartridge container exposed
Fluval-G3 Biological Baskets exposed
Fluval-G3 Biological Baskets exposed
Fluval-G3 Biological Baskets Removed
Fluval-G3 Biological Baskets Removed

Getting the Fluval-G3 Media Ready

A little while back I installed the Fluval G3 canister filter. The process was extremely easy, the filter has been designed for ease of use as well as being a highly sophisticated unit. All the parts required were included in the package, and there are no tools needed to put the filter together. All in all, with taking a lot of pictures, I was up and running from unpacking in less than an hour. Of course I was replacing the Fluval 105 filter that was on the aquarium already, so there was no delay in waiting for the tank to fil or any other starting tasks. It was simply a switch from one filter to the next. The Fluval 105 has been installed into my larger community aquarium so nothing is going to waste.

Unpacking the Filter

The system comes well packed and protected from damage. All the required filter material is already packed into the cartridges, except for the biological media which is added to trays below the cartridges – that’s the plastic bag on the hoses. I took the system apart just to show the biological trays.


I especially like the output system(s). The output can be run either as a standard two outlet return that is multi-directional and adjustable, or the nozzles can be removed and the spray bars added for more surface turbulence. I preferred, for this install, to use standard nozzles, since the aeration and agitation could cause too much air to enter the siphon of the AquaCLear filter also used for this tank.

Preparing the Filter

I took a lot of pictures, so will let them do most of the talking. The silver lever is moved to a vertical position to open the cartridge access door. Open the Access door to get to the cartridges. The Mechanical filtration is a (in this case loose white) polyester weave that traps most particles as they flow in from the tank. The Chemical cartridge is high grade, very fine carbon, so it has packaging material around it that must be removed. You also need to rinse the carbon to remove any fine transport dust and begin to force the atmospheric gasses from the internal pore structure and replace it with water.

To remove the cartriges, you grasp the handle and rotate the cartridge 1/8 counterclockwise then lift the cartridge out of its container. It is really easy! Below you can just see the packing material around the carbon cartridge. Perform the same function with the mechanical cartridge.

The Fluval G system uses four chrome plated ZAMA levers to hold the motor unit securely to the filter chamber. Above right you can see one in the detached position. Once all four are open, the motor head can easily be lifted from the filter chamber. Since this unit is new, the silicone gasket is not yet in place. It came in a separate bag with the other parts.

Once the levers are disconnected, I lifted the motor away to reveal the inside of the filter chamber with its cartridge supports. This assembly also lifts out to offer quick access to the biological area of the filter, which uses a couple of baskets to hold the ceramic nodes which support the crucial beneficial bacterial colonies. They come in two sizes and are meant to be mixed together to create a much greater packing than offered y a single size node structure.

With the filter essentially fully disassembled, it is time to deal with the filter media and prepare it for use in the operating filter. This sequence is covered in the next article:

Installing the Fluval-G 3 Part 3 - Media

Further reports on the progress of this filter and the way it matures will be added to the blog at:

http://www.noviceaquarist.com/blog

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)