Through a series of unfortunate events, combined with lack of knowledge and poor decisions on my part, I found myself in the midst of a fish-in cycle in my new 10 gallon tank. I fought with it for weeks, trying to get the cycle, with nothing but ammonia to show for it and stressed out fish. Finally, when I was most desperate for a fix, I found these filters.
I ordered late in the day on a Tuesday and chose 3 day UPS for shipping, hoping it would make it from New York to Oregon before the weekend (more poor decisions on my part). Eventually, the tracking showed that it would arrive on the following Monday. Not ideal, but might still be OK. Then, massive snowstorms in the northwest shut everything down. It didn't arrive until Tuesday afternoon, almost a full week after shipping.
I put it in my tank that afternoon, not really expecting much. I tested the water the next morning to find no ammonia, no nitrites and trace levels of nitrates that I had never seen before. And, as a bonus, it cleared up my gross cloudy water I had also been battling.
Now, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY, but based on my experience, I really couldn't recommend these enough. Definitely do your research and understand what is happening in your tank before you just throw one of these in for a quick fix, but if you're stuck in a situation like I was, this thing was a lifesaver (possibly literally)
I was concerned about having the filter shipped in the cold weather. When I received it was icy cold. I set it in our warm room to get to temperature. Therefore, I wasn’t sure it would work. I am happy to report that it worked extremely well. It quickly cycled my tank. The water is pristine and it happened within just under a week. Definitely worth it!
I have decided to keep it in the tank for the duration and just put plants up and around it so that it’s not seen. Thank you Angel Plus! I don’t understand why more fish stores don’t offer this in to their customers. It saves fish lives and aquarium headaches!
I wasn't sure what to expect with getting this through the mail, but after swapping one of my saltwater tanks to freshwater I bought 2 of these filters for my 210 gallon to seed it and had great results. I added 6 uarus and a few small angels and after a little over 2 weeks I've consistently measured no ammonia or nitrites. I definitely recommend this product.
I'm not sure if it's because of the low temps here, but I ordered two, one was 1 day shipped; and there are still no nitrates in my tank.
Maybe it would be okay if it was warmer, I'm not sure. I love the idea, just wish it would have worked for me
NOTE FROM ANGELS PLUS: If ammonia and nitrites are near zero, everything is working properly. You do not need to see nitrates to know your fish are safe.
Cycled my tanks almost instantly. I split my sponge between 2 10gal aquariums, left it in for a couple days, and everything is completely cycled. It's been 2 months and the fish are doing great.