Fluval Filter Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

If you keep fish, you'll know how important it is to keep the aquarium clean and remove waste products from the water. Luckily, an effective filter will keep the water clean and prevent waste build-up, which makes aquarium maintenance much easier. Fluval filters are designed to be as easy to fit and clean as possible, while still effectively managing the aquarium's waste and looking good, too.

Purchase a Fluval filter. Pet stores and some department stores will stock a range of filters, which are suitable for different aquarium setups. Fluval displays the number of litres the filter will effectively clean on the side of its product packaging, which makes choosing a filter easy.

Remove the fish from the aquarium and place them in a second aquarium or bucket of water. Ensure that this water is the correct temperature for the fish.

Empty all the aquarium decorations out of the tank. Keep the aquarium full of water.

Attach the unplugged filter to the side of the tank, where you would like it to be positioned. Ensure that the filter is totally submerged in water.

Move the exhaust outlet to point into the water, away from the walls. This outlet can be angled into any position.

Plug the power cord into an outlet and wait for the filter to begin filtering the water.

Wait for one hour to allow the filter to settle.

Add the aquarium decorations and fish back into the aquarium.


To work out which filter you need, look at the size of your aquarium. 47 gallons --- Fluval 1 94 gallons --- Fluval 2 150 gallons --- Fluval 3 260 gallons --- Fluval 4


Ensure the filter is properly positioned before plugging it into the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Fluval filter
  • Bucket
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