Aquarium fish pollute their water with metabolic waste products. Hobbyists overcome this problem by utilising filters of various descriptions. Many of these filters are large and expensive, but smaller air-driven sponge filters can be equally effective, and their size makes them far less obtrusive than the large units. The Interpet airstream sponge filter is an efficient small filter that removes detritus and other waste products from aquarium water. This sponge filter offers the added benefit of oxygenating the tank water. Maintenance of the Interpet sponge airstream filter is a quick and easy task. (See Reference 1)
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Things you need
- Interpet airstream sponge filter
- Vibrator pump
- 2 feet of air line tubing
- Plastic in line air tap
Remove the sponge from the Interpet airstream filter.
Rinse the sponge under running water to remove any dust and dirt from the packaging.
Place the sponge back onto the horizontal pipe portion of the sponge filter.
Attach one end of the 2-foot long piece of air line tubing to the air tube on the sponge filter.
Decide where you want to position the sponge filter in the aquarium. Laying the filter in a horizontal position along the rear glass pane of the aquarium normally works well. In this position, it is easy to hide the filter from view, using driftwood, stones and plants.
Position the water/bubble outlet pipe to point in the required direction. It is easier to do this before the sponge filter is placed in the aquarium.
Rinse your hands to remove natural body oils and soap residue. Both are not beneficial for the aquarium water.
Position the Interpet sponge airstream filter in the aquarium. Place the sponge horizontally onto the gravel. Push the two rubber suckers on the vertical tube onto the rear glass pane to hold the filter in place.
Place aquarium rocks and driftwood around in front of the filter, to hide it from view.
Push the other end of the plastic air line onto the exhaust nozzle of the vibrator pump.
Cut the air line 4 inches from the vibrator pump and place a plastic inline aquarium air tap in the air line. Connect the two ends of the air line to either side of the plastic tap.
Place the vibrator pump on a ledge above the aquarium and plug it into a wall power supply.
Turn on the wall power supply and switch on the vibrator pump.
Use the plastic air line tap to adjust the flow of air. Close the tap if too much air is being pushed through the sponge filter.
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