I have a 27 litre Love Fish concept tank from Pets at home.It has a 3 phase filter system at the back which comprises of 2 black course filter sponges,2 blue fine filter sponges some carbon filter media in a net bag and ceramic filter media in a net bag and a pum which is housed at the right hand side of the tank.Theres no instructions on where to put the filters and media, the instruction leaflet says refer to previous page for location of filter components, the problem being the guy in store took it all out to check it was all there and i didnt see what he was doing. Any ideas of what should go where. the back of the tank is split into 4 segments, the far right being where the pump goes, the two middle segments for the sponges im assuming and a smaller compartment on the left hand side for god knows!
I couldn't find any details, but the manufacturer or seller may have a website. The seller may even have the missing instruction sheet or be willing to talk you through the assembly process.
From your description, the filter seems to be a small canister type, and the black filter pads are likely impregnated with activated carbon. It's a guess, but some of the filter pads are likely intended as replacements.
There should be a way to open the canister part and determine flow direction as well as recommended filter locations. Since the pump is external, it will need to be primed at least for the first time. The pump intake tube will be fairly long, and the intake will have slots.
If you can post a picture of the disassembled filter, we may be able to give more solid advice.
I've just bought this tank as well! Mine has a black filter on the bottom with ceramic tube things on top them and other balck filter, the next compartment has the blue filter with carbon on top then an other blue filter pad. the blue one is next to the pump compartment. Mine is really loud, can you tell me if yours id loud as well?
i have the same tank ! the pump goes on the far right, to the left of that is ceramic media with blue sponge on top, and to the left of that is the black sponge with charcoal media underneath, and finnaly to the left of that is an empty compartment for a heater ! hope this helps x P.S they do tend to grumble a little yes but shouldnt be enough to keep you awake,i import and sell the companys tanks within my shop and get asked by customers about these tanks alot, i have 4 of these tanks currently set up as toddler tanks and have to say they are very good for the price ! take it back to the retailer if you arent happy x
I also have this tank and again no information about the filter or pump. It has been provided with 2 of each sponge plus the bags. Is only 1 sponge to be used and one spare or should the bag be covered by a sponge either side or just one on top of the bag???
Ive had this tank for a while now, Ill tell you how to set it up.
The filters from left to right:
The first compartment is left empty. That way, the water can flow into the filters.
Middle left compartment, bottom to top, black carbon sponge, ceramic bag, black carbon sponge.
Middle right compartment, bottom to top, green sponge, black carbon bag, green sponge.
Right compartment, place filter here and adjust the slider to about 3/4 powet.
You can attach an underwater grave filter onto the end og the pump output, but you dont have to.
Thanks for that, which direction do you have the outlet of the pump. I went to the shop and they said it didnt matter. I currently have the outlet horizontal and have tried it vertical. Thanks in advance
really helpful thankyou as the instructions were rubbish ...
thanks very much most helpful
Hi, I too find the supplied pump a little noisy. Tried the old Vaseline trick, but makes no difference. Do you know of any 3rd party pump/powerhead I could use as a replacement? Many thanks,
I took the pump back to pets at home and they replaced it with an other, no problem. I installed a decebell meter on my phone, the new one comes out at 42 decebells, where as the old pump came out at 65!
I'm so glad I found these posts, the blooming instructions were rubbish!! My pump is as quiet as a mouse though, so I would take it back to the shop if yours aren't as they definitely should be.
thankyou that was so helpful i didn`t have a clue as there was nothing whatsoever in my instructions
Really great help, mine have been set up completely wrong .....
I have three danios and two platy's and would really like a couple more any ideas if that's ok? What do you guys have in yours ?
Thanks for the explanation on the filters and the pump. My daughter bought one of the tanks today and we set it up pretty easily but had the same issue with the manual not explaining quite so clearly where everything goes.
In you explanation you did not quite make it clear how the pump filters/circulates the water:
looking from the front of the tank, the y-piece that connects to the pump has a larger diameter and a smaller diameter tube end. Which one should point up and which one should point down or left or right?
Also, which one sucks and which one blows?
How does this help to get the water passing through the multi-stage filters at the back? In other words what is the water circulation direction?
Does it flow into the compartment on the left reserved for a heater, then into the black foam and ceramic tubes and on to the pump compartment or the other way round?
You help is much appreciated
Both ends of the y-piece blow. The water is sucked in from slots in the main body of the pump, therefore water is forced in from slots in the heater compartment and filtered through the various filtration media before being returned via the y-piece. I personally point the large diameter end up to the top of the tank to create some movement on the surface which helps oxygenate the water.
I managed to play around and found the same as you say about the y-piece.
I have a comment to others on the small magnetic driven pump that appears to be noisy. I ran ours for about 24 hours and it was very quite, but then it started to be very noisy.
I opened up the pump housing and played with the impeller and found that if the pump is installed with the impeller pointing down that it drops slightly from it's seat and vibrates causing the noise. I then reinstalled the pump with the impeller pointing upwards and it hasn't made the same noise again: that was two days ago.
What about the bags the ceramics and the carbon comes in do I need to take the plastic bags off or leave them on the ceramics and carbon, do they desolve?
The plastic bags need to be removed as they don't dissolve.
Also make sure you rinse the activated carbon under a running tap until all the black powder is rinsed of and the water runs clear. Same with the ceramic tubes.
Our tank started to turn a milky white yesterday now that the water is being circulated around. It should clear up within a day or two (at least according to some other sources).
the plastic bags have to be removed? really? I haven't done anything with mine just put them in the middle of the coloured filters as above? If you take the outer bag off does this not make the condense loose?
Yes, you must remove the plastic bags - they are just packaging. The filtration media is housed within a net bag, so it won't all come loose once the plastic bag is removed and discarded. Otherwise, the water can't flow through the media!
Thank you I shall sort that tonight, my tank always seems cloudy no matter what I do and I have been doing weekly 25% water changes. Hopefully this will sort.
Hi did any body find out how long it takes to stop the closing of the water mine has been set up 3 days first day totally clear second day cloudy n 3 rd day worse than the second I rinsed the bags for ages but still cloudy
Mine did take a good while to clear, I had to do several part water change and eventually it got better.....
Question for anyone in the know.... when I lifted the lid the feed the fish the other night, in the filter section I noticed what I thought were fry, I have tried to move them out into a separate net in the tank. When I have moved some though they don't look like what I have seen before, some were long with sort of split tails, and other sort of curl into balls.... are they something else?
Thanks for your help as always people
I have had my tank for around 6 months. I took my first tank back as it was too noisy. The 2nd is much better. Also I have found many babies in the back where the heater goes, I leave then antil there big enough to be let out.
I have had this tank for 9 months. It is crystal clear, has a 2 litre water change once a week, and houses 3 white clouds, 5 neon tetras, 2 black neons, 2 glowlights, 3 endler guppies and a swordtail.I do have a good few live plants. I have only lost 2 fish in the time I've had it. The light is rubbish as supplied, I have had 2 replaced under warranty, but have given up and bought an HMD-C2 which is very bright.
Hi everyone, just bought this tank for my kids for xmas, the pump is very loud but i can't see a way of taking it out? the pump seems to have an outlet at the front which connects to the main tank and some rubber feet on the back to hold it in place and i guess reduce vibration, it is square-ish in size and too wide to rotate full in the space it is housed in. I have no idea how to take it out though?
help much appreciated.
The air pump is a required part of the tank and should not be removed.
I only want to take it out to check it for the bloody awful noise, another poster f this same model further up the thread said turning a part around helped.
I took it out and went into pets at home, they just swapped it for an other one. It's only held on with the rubber feet.