Very Clever Design & Well Built!
June 3, 2014
After getting back into the aquarium hobby nearly 5 years ago, after a 22 year hiatus, I have built up a nice aquatic room which holds several planted aquaria.
Having a number of tanks, I have also been careful to purchase a number of backup components for these aquariums, including spare filters, heaters, lighting systems
About two years ago I'd decided that I had enough of having to clean the algae off my plants every week and to spend an hour scraping the algae off the sides of
my aquariums, only to have to do the same tedious routine again the following week. So I purchased some AquaTop HOB UV sterilizers, and I have been a fan of this company ever since. AquaTop manufactures a very good quality product at a more than reasonable price, while also offering some clever design features that are not found anywhere else in the aquatic retail market.
The RD-30G and its companion RD-Pre filters are an example of this. The RD-30 is a well made HOB/Canister filter that is rated for up to 30 gallon aquariums. Add the RD-Pre filter and the capacity doubles to 60 gallons. One of the nicest features of this neat little filtration system is that it has a very small footprint.
The RD-30G also has a very stylish aesthetic with its nice black and red molded plastic.
I am surprised to see that no one has left any commentary on this particular filter. Perhaps that is because they may have felt that the RD-30 was a bit of an odd ball
design and perhaps not up to the job of filtering their aquarium properly.
If this is the case, then it's unfortunate, because the RD-30 (especially with its RD-Pre companion) is a great little filter, that looks especially nice on rimless tanks.
The RD-30G also has an adjustable attachment which enables the filter hang off the back of many different widths of glass.
In this fish-keeper's opinion, the RD-30G and RD-Pre were a very good value at their respective $49.99 and $29.99 prices. At the discounted price that
they are presently selling for at Truaqua.com, they represent one the best bargains to be had in aquarium filters. For $34.99 you get a lot more than what you are paying for. Specifically, a quality constructed filtration system that is capable of filtering of 60 gallon of aquarium.
What a bargain! In fact, I am so pleased with my RD-30G and its RD-Pre that I just purchased a second one of each.
Pros:None that I can think of.
Cons:The water must be filled to very top of each canister housing or the RD-30G will not prime properly. Fill each canister to the rim with water and the RD-30G primes quickly and works quietly and effortlessly at filtering your aquarium.