National Geographic™ IFS30 Aquarium Filter
Excellent for High-Maintenance tanks
I have a 60 gallon aquarium that houses 8 goldfish and I knew that I needed something that could keep up with them and their waste. I put this filter in the tank the evening that I got it, woke up the next morning, and was delighted to see how well the water quality in my tank had improved. The amount of water it cycles in an hour is awesome as well. I now have 2 basic filtering systems, plus this system, and I now know that it is probably the best one I've bought since I got the tank.
For those who buy this product, be sure to have a large tank; The power is very strong and would create a strong current in the tank, causing the fish to tire quite quickly.
August 14, 2014
Very poor Filtration...
This filter came with the National Geographic™ Aqua Oasis Starter Kit 15.8 Gallon, and after 48 hours of setting up the tank my water is cloudy.
I am not really sure how they are calling this a true 3 stage filtration system, as it has 2 small black pieces of foam, and a small bag of carbon, and that is it...so two stages at the most.
At one point I had the National Geographic™ Half-Moon Aqua Oasis Starter Kit 1.2 Gallon tank with a beta fish in it, and that tank was crystal clear after a week of running, BUT it had the same amount of carbon in it as this IFS20 does, definitely not enough filtration media to do the job.
The flow rate on this thing at the lowest setting is VERY high and bubbly, and the outlet sticks strait out so it definitely pushes the water around in the tank.
It is also very noisy, I wish I could return this, but I like the tank, so I will probably just pitch it and go buy an Aquaclear 30.
I don't think I would recommend this filter to my worst enemy.
July 27, 2014
I bought the IFS30 aquarium filter (Nat. Geo) to use in my turtle tank. WOW. I had no idea it was so powerful. It was actually too powerful for the tank I set up, as my turtle is so small he couldn't swim past the current, so I had to return it and buy the IFS20 Nat. Geo. filter. These are the best filters I have used, especially for a turtle. It keeps my tank crystal clear, which is a hard thing to accomplish with turtles. I did have to place it in the tank horizontally instead of vertically as I don't need a full tank of water for my baby turtle as of yet. It works great. I love it. I put a panyhose around the filter so that the turtle wouldn't get his feed sucked in it, and the ghost shrimp don't get sucked up. Very happy with my purchase.
June 5, 2014
IFS-20 Very Poor Filtration
We purchased a NG 8.5-gal Aqua Oasis starter kit that included this filter. Within 2 days the water was very cloudy. The air intake only works sporadically if at all. Now after just over a week the water is really nasty. We have 5 fish in this tank 1-betta, 3-small corys, & a small albino bristlenose pleco. I have done a 25% water change and rinsed off the filter media twice (it was not very dirty). We are not overfeeding. In my opinion the Nat.Geo. IFS-20 filter is worthless.
May 23, 2014