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Marineland


 THE EMPEROR 280

2-oz. Emperor Filter Cartridges, 4-oz. Refillable Media Containers, and Spray Bar Driven BIO-Wheels Certified Flow: 280GPH

 Flow and filtration efficiencies unmatched by other filters in their class; as much as twice the filter cartridge capacity; additional chemical filtration capability; extra effective, spray bar-driven BIO-Wheel wet/dry biological filtration... The Emperor filtration systems truly are the future of advanced aquarium technology.

The Emperor systems feature not one pump (as in ordinary power filters), but two separate water pumps. The Flow Pump directs water through the entire multi-stage filtration system. The BIO-Pump pressurizes and sends streams of prefiltered, oxygen-rich water through he adjustable spray bars to power each BIO-Wheel.

And... The Emperor's unique, patent pending design allows the BIO-Pump to continue powering the BIO-Wheels even when Flow Pump output is reduced by the convenient One-Touch Flow Control.

 

 


Your comments:

From: Alan
Date:7/01/2010
I am surprised to see negative comments on this filter. I find that it really pushes some water and really filters out fine particles fast. I use it as a supplement on my 55 gal Planted tank. I never use the charcoal filters and after original filters worn out made my own with AC filter foam and use the filter cartridge with broken pieces of bio rings. I also use this filter for Phos-zorb or Nitro Zorb as it is easy to adapt. I have also made foam flat foam pads for filtering and only rinse out with water from water changes. (Has run 24/7 since 12/08)GREAT FILTER if maintained and assembled properly.
From: Steve
Date:9/10/2009
Disappointed with this filter. After having it set up and running for about two months, I came home and it was making a loud humming sound. The bio-wheel was stopped and no water was flowing at all. I took it apart to see if something was stopping the impeller. All clean and clear. Since it was still under warranty, Marineland was great about sending me a new impeller set up. Last night I took it apart because it was making so much noise, not a constant hum as it usually does. Got it to quiet down by not pushing the impeller up all the way and not pushing the intake tube down all the way. Go figure. My local fish store does not carry them anymore because he said that he has too many problems with them. Such a shame, I really like the design.
From: Michael
Date:12/27/2008
I have to say that the Emperor 280 that I have is absolutely the worst filter that I have ever seen. I have a "Tetra" power filter for a 10 gallon aquarium that has a flow rate twice of the 280. Mine must be defective. I would estimate that it filtrates approximately 75 gallons per hour. I hope that this is the hardest filter in the world to assemble and that it can be fixed or adjusted.
From: Anonymous
Date: NA
An adaptable and efficient filter. It is the only power filter I know of that efficiently aerates the water surface throughout its inherent design. The bio-wheel truly ERADICATES ammonia. The filter pads are a bit pricey, but the separate media container allows you to choose media as you see fit, without resorting to messy (and floating) media bags.

From: Jeff
Date: 05/22/01
I have used this filter for years and it has proved to be very reliable and almost maintenance free. I also like the idea of placing my own media in the optional holder. For an all-purpose hang on back power filter I feel you are getting a good bang for your buck.

From: Kyle
Date: 02/03/02
I have had this product for about a month and it works great. It has reduced the ammonia and nitrate in my tank to nothing. Much better than my old whisper filter. I use it on my 30 gal. with a 8" Red Oscar in it. Great product Marineland

From: Lu-Ann
Date: 04/24/02
This is the best power filter on the market in my opinion. It provides excellent filtration while maintaining the bacteria on the built in bio wheel. It is easy to care for, and it allows you to put extra carbon or ammo chips in a separate holder in the back of the filter. It is defiantly worth the money.

From: Kevin
Date: 06/03/02
The Emperor 280 is a wonderful filter. It cycled my 30 gallon, fully stocked tank in about 8 days. It has keep my ammo and nitrate levels @ 0. Great, great filter.

From: Matt
Date: 09/18/02
This is a great filter. The only draw back is the expensive cartridges, but it is easy to make your own out of filter floss. However, the Emperor 400 is a better buy. For only four dollars more you can get an extra 120 gal/hr filtration with the emperor 400 at Big Al's Online.
From: Slagmi
Date: 08/28/03
Good filter, it's a steal if you can find one on sale as they have been recently (8/2003). Mine's very noisy compared to my Penguin 170, which is silent.

 

 

 

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