National Geographic™ Aquarium Filter
Excellent Product CF80
Dead silent. Keeps water crystal clear, media tray contents can be customized, bio balls, ceramic noodles, carbon or floss. Assembly is easy though instructions are not the best. A tip, run the inlet and outlet hoses under hot water before trying to install them on the valves. This will make it super easy!
December 12, 2014
CF 50, High quality, Parts actually say EHEIM
I purchased the CF 50 for my 37 gallon tank with almost 20 fish in it. With live plants and all of the inhabitants of the tank my water has managed to stay very clear and healthy.
-very quiet: we replaced a power filter with a lot of
water noise. This is the quietest filter I have owned.
-easy setup: It is all very simple, the directions are black and white pictures but youtube "aquarium canister filter setup" and you're set. My first canister filter and it was not overwhelming at all.
-MADE BY EHEIM: This part is important, eheim is a german company that makes canister filters, and good ones at that. They are highly esteemed in the aquarist community. These filters are made for NG and are essentially Eheim.
-All around a great buy! I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to upgrade their system.
Last note, If you currently rely on your filter adding aeration to your water by waterfall effect (like a power filters trickle) you may need to add an air stone. This system is completely closed and no air gets added to the water, you will have to do it by other means.
Hope this helps!
July 9, 2014
Nat Geo CF50 = Eheim Ecco
This was a fantastic find! I wanted an Eheim as they come highly recommended, no one carried it in store which is important to me in case something happens I can replace it quickly.
I decided to try the Nat Geo canister filter even though I could not find any significant source of information on its performance. PetSmart has a great return policy so I figured I might as well try (and I love Nat Geo). I was so incredibly surprised and happy when I read the manufacturing information and found that it is in fact made by Eheim and is their Ecco model, it's just black instead of green (bonus!). I so wanted Nat Geo products to truly be awesome, and they are!!!
The only con about this system is the self priming does not work well. It is an easy fix though, just blow into the "out port" like a reverse siphon and the system fills and functions beautifully.
May 14, 2014
Nat Geo CF80
As an experienced aquarium hobbyist and a groomer at Store 1338 I am very excited that Petsmart and National Geographic have paired with each other. I got this filter because I needed a filter for my second 75g setup and because I only use canister filters for larger tanks I decided I would gove the NatGeo CF80 a try. The filter itself is quite streamlined for a canitster filter, with no extra bulk about it, it is very easy to set up, and silent but powerful. The one thing I did not like about the filter was that the instruction manual did not have written instructions for set up but rather a series of black ad white images illustrating set up, this would be very confusing for people who are purchasing this as their first canister filter, other than that it is a great system, and in addition to the filter media that is specifically made for the CF filters there is a space in the middle in the top compartment that is more than big enough for you to put a medium sized sachet filled with other loose media such as activated carbon, ammonia or phosphate removing media, etc. I always suggest canister filters to Pet Parents that have larger tanks and are looking for a new filter, a better filter, or are having constant problems due to shifting water chemistry. Canister filters are great for this because they are an enclosed system, and the media can be changed with accordance to your water's chemistry, the media itself also does not have to be changed as often, and because canister filters are able to filter a higher volume of water. faster, it also means that you don't have to do water changes as often. I always tell pet parents "Better filter means better water, which means better, healthier, more colorful fish"
May 5, 2014