Prepare some gravel larger than 1/4” (6mm) (Screen out all
gravel smaller than 1/4”). The larger the gravel and thinner
the gravel bed, the faster waste will fall under the Bio-Plate
and be removed. If you do want to use gravel smaller than
1/4”, cover the Bio-Plate with a piece of fiberglass window
screen(you still need to screen out all small pieces).
Gravel bed : 1/4” to 1”
Fresh water : Gravel larger than 1/4” (6mm), like larger pea
Salt water : Substrate larger than 1/4” (6mm), like Taiwan
Coral Gravel # 5, #10, #15.
Connect flow pump to the flow pump plate
with elbow fittings, then attach the fish guard
strainer tube onto the flow pump.
Remove all the protective paper from acrylic, use foam or soft cotton cloth to clean the inside of the tank with
fresh water, and clean the outside with fresh or 1% soap water. Never clean the tank with dry cloth or paper.
Clean and soak all parts and gravel in clean water for 24 hours before assembling.
Assemble all plates inside the tank into one
piece of Bio-Plate by connecting flow pipes
under each plate.
Also refer to Fig. 2
Turn the lift pump outlet to face the filter box
(It is better to place the filter box on the front
for easy access).
Connect one end of the hose to the lift pump
outlet, insert the lift pump inlet into the inlet
tube, affix the lift pump to the side of the tank
with suction cups.
Connect the other end of the hose to the filter