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CF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV 9W - 525 gph

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CF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV 9W  - 525 gph
Product code: CF-500UV
Original Price: $199.99
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Features and Specifications:
The CF500-UV takes UV canister filters to the highest level. This 525 GPH 4+1 filtration system is ideal for fresh and saltwater aquariums up to 175 gallons. The integrated 9 watt UV Sterilizer helps keep your aquarium healthy and crystal clear. The CF500-UV defies its low price because it comes equipped not only with a UV Sterilizer but all the necessary plumbing for installation and includes four large filtration media compartments allowing you to add the filtration media of your choice. The filtration media trays offer a fully customizable filtration system to suit your specific aquatic needs. The CF500-UV includes four fine filter pads (white) and a single coarse filter sponge (blue) for enhanced Mechanical Filtration. With the addition of AquaTop’s Premium Activated Carbon, Ceramic Rings, or Bio-Balls (each sold separately), you’ll achieve superior filtration and crystal clear aquarium water. The CF500-UV Canister Filter has a convenient Prime Pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning! Say good bye to a mouth full of aquarium water!!!


How Does the CF-500 Canister Filter Work?
Unfiltered aquarium water enters the CF Series Canister Filter and passes by the U.V. Sterilizing Bulb flowing down the stack of vertical cylinder cutouts to the bottom of the CF Filter. Then water is pushed up through the filtration media compartments; the bottom compartment first, the middle compartment second, and the top compartment third. The filtered aquarium water then returns from the CF Canister back into the aquarium.

The CF-500UV has a built-in 9 Watt UV sterilizer to help kill algae spores and bacteria, promoting crystal clear water.

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Questions and Answers:
By DEANO DANIELSON from SULHUR SPRINGS TEXAS on December 14, 2011
Here are my fish I have a mix of cichlids, 2 sharks, and 2 suckers ranging from 1 1/2 to around 6 inches there is 17 total. I feed pellets and wafers once a day. I'm running one wave maker, one hob filter, and 2 heater. I sometime give them a treat and feed live fish. That's all I can think of! Were going to go saltwater one day and would like to use what I can for it. What kind of media should I use? Any help?



Thanks
Deano


By Customer Service on December 14, 2011

Answer:
The CF filter is a great canister filter with the bonus of UV to maintain and clean your fish aquarium. The canister filter has physical filtration (filter pads), chemical filtration (carbon) and bio-filtration (ceramic rings or bio balls). The built-in UV will help you clean up the algae green problem.

This filter runs very quiet, customers told us that they have to put their hands on the filter itself to know it is working.

It will work with your current setup and future growth (up to 175g) and can be used for salt water.

By Eric from USA on May 9, 2012
I'm interesting in your 5 stage canister filter, but have a few questions. I would like to put the canister in the basement of my house approximately 7' below the bottom of the tank. My tank is 2' tall. My question is, can the canister keep the proper flow, with the vertical distance extended to the tank approximatley 10' above? Also, what is the maximum length of hose the canister can have, and still keep the proper water flow?

Thanks for your help,

Eric

By Customer Service on May 9, 2012

Answer:
Hello Eric,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding AquaTop's CF500-UV canister filter. The CF500-UV has a max head rating of approximately 48". The unit will not perform under the conditions you have described.

If there is anything further we can do for you please let us know.

Just a side piece of info; you may want to try a sump style set up for the system you are developing. I feel this will be best suited for your application. If you would like further advice or have questions regarding sump style set-up/design/installation please feel free to give me a call at either number listed below. Our normal hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm PST. Just ask for Alex.

1-888-915-2782
1-562-697-9860

By ivan from California on October 21, 2012
Hi I just bought the CF500UV 5 stage canister filter with UV 9W-525 gph....I know it doesn't come with the media like carbon and ceramic rings which I forgot to order when I ordered the filter lol anyways I figured I'd get some from PetSmart once my filter arrived...was getting ready to set it up with the media when watching the video here shows BAGS of carbon and ceramic rings and the ones they sell at Petsmart come loose in a box....can I still use these or will it just make a mess if I put them in there without a bag?? I'm afraid to put them loose in there and have them make a mess once water goes in....specially the carbon. Thanks!!! =)
By Customer Service on October 22, 2012

Answer:
Hello Ivan,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the installation of filtration media inside of a CF500-UV canister filter. We strongly recommend using a filtration media bag for the Activated Carbon. Rinse it well before adding it to the canister filter; remove all the residual carbon dust. The Ceramic Rings can be added to a filtration media bags as well; rinse thoroughly like the Activated Carbon.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By peter tran from houston,texas on October 24, 2012
i woud like to buy cf400 uv canister fiter ,but you out of stock,so cf500uv is it to powerful for my 80gals aqua tank ,because i like to set up my tank for discus fish.do you know how long you can have cf 400uv ,please give me some advice.thanks alot
By Customer Service on October 24, 2012

Answer:
Hello Peter,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of a CF500-UV on a potential 80gal discus aquarium. The CF500-UV has a total output of 525gph and will yield an approximate turnover rate of 6 times per hour. This is well suited for a discus aquarium. Discus require good filtration and we feel the CF500-Uv is a good choice for your application.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Edgar from South Gate, CA on May 12, 2012
I just bought a CF-500UV but i dont know what Filtration Media To add in the Basket, for a example you guys sell BIO- Balls 30mm and 40mm, which ones fit the baskets? and how many should i buy? and the rest for all the baskets, thank you
By Customer Service on May 15, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Edgar,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding AquaTop's CF500-UV canister filter. Each CF Filter includes filters Pads and a filter Sponge.

Depending on your application we encourage adding or stacking Filtration Media as follows (This does vary from system to system)

#1 Adding Pads and Sponges to the bottom basket and rinsing them as frequently as possible. The purpose of Mechanical Filtration Media is to help collect debris and organics into a central location for easy removal. If the Pads and Sponges are not cleaned, the trapped debris and organics do not leave the system.

#2 Chemical Filtration Media such as Activated Carbon to the next basket. The purpose of Activated Carbon is to help keep aquarium water clear and free from odor. A single 500G bag of Activated Carbon last you roughly 30 days.

#3 Since the CF500-UV has four media baskets we recommend adding Biological Filtration Media to the two top baskets. Ceramic Rings are more effective in a canister filter when compared to Bio-Balls. Each media basket will hold up to 1000G of Ceramics Rings. If you are to fill two baskets with Ceramic Rings you would need 2000G.

These are general rules of thumb and not absolute rules. On of the great features of a canister filter is a person can add whatever Filtration Media they want and stack it however they want. If you search internet forums you'll find may different ways to stack filtration media inside of a canister filter. Usually the flow pattern of a unit determines what to stack first and last. Generally speaking Mechanical Filtration comes first and Biological filtration Media comes last. Chemical filtration media is not used by every person but fall somewhere between Mechanical and Biological or after Biological.

If there is anything further we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask.

By Benjamin from Waynesville, North Carolina on January 28, 2012
Hi I am really looking into getting this filter but I have read reviews about the filters not having enough surface area to cover the media trays and that it would be best to get my own media. With that in mind I'm wondering what media I should put in it and where I could get it from.
By Customer Service on January 29, 2012

Answer:
The filter come with 4 filtration pads - one blue and three white pads.

It has 4 baskets that you can put your media which we suggest by order (from bottom).

First basket - 1 blue pad + 1 white pad
Second basket - 1 white pad + bioballs
Third basket - 1 white pad + ceramic rings
Fourth basket - 1 white pad + carbon

You can get all the media from us www.truaqua.com



By Jibendra from Florida on December 10, 2012
How much electricity will this unit consume with the UV light turned off??? And what is the length of the tubing, I see two pieces of tubing, and I want to know the length of each??? I have to place this filter on the side of the aquarium that is 6' long, so I will need at least around 6' of tubing either for intake or outlet.

By edgar from los angeles on June 6, 2012
What hose seize does it yous .

By Customer Service on June 6, 2012

Answer:
Hello Edgar,

The included hose dimensions are 5.5' long and the I.D. is 3/4". Additional information regarding the CF500-UV Canister Filter can be found at the link below.

http://truaqua.com/aquatop-canister-filter-cf-500uv.html
On this page, after the Features and Specifications paragraph there is a view more link. When you click this link additional information will appear.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Dan from Rochester, MN on June 18, 2012
I am considering using the CF500 filter on a 56 gallon column tank for community tropical fish. Angels,gouramis, rams, etc. Will this be to much for this aquarium or should I go with the CF400? Currently using a AC 110 but not real satisfied with the unit.
By Customer Service on June 20, 2012

Answer:
Hello Dan,

We have received you recent product inquiry regarding the CF Series and understand you are not satisfied with the performance of your Aqua Clear 110. We feel it is important to compare the specifications of each unit, specifically their filtration media capacity and flows rates.

When compared side by side a Canister Filter has much more filtration capacity than a Power Filter (HOB). Each model of the CF Series holds a tremendous amount of filtration media. The CF400-UV can hold up to 1000G of Ceramic Rings in one media basket. The CF500-UV has two media baskets for Biological filtration and can hold up to 2000G of Ceramic Rings.

The flow rate of you current filter, Aqua Clear 110, is approximately 300GPH. On a 56 gallon aquarium this yields an approximate turnover rate of 6 times an hour. Usually this is sufficient for a freshwater community aquarium. It is possible you have a “High Bio-Load” and need more filtration capacity. This is where a Canister Filter may come in handy. If a CF400-UV (370GPH) were to be installed it would yield an approximate turnover rate of 7 times an hour and offer twice the filtration media when compared to an Aqua Clear 110. If a CF500-UV (525GPH) were to be installed it would yield an approximate turnover rate of 10 times an hour and offer four times the filtration media when compared to an Aqua Clear 110. With all of this being said either unit will perform well for your community aquarium and offer more filtration capacity than your current filter.

However, if you do not necessarily need UV Sterilization we recommend the DF-300 Canister Filter. The DF-300 has an output of 370 GPH, just like the CF400-UV but each media basket will hold up to 1500G of Ceramics Rings. The DF Series (models 200 & 300) hold more filtration media when compared to the CF Series. If you are interested in the top shelf Canister Filter we recommend the DF-300.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Alex Lugo from CA on February 22, 2012
I just received my CF-500UV filter and noticed the UV bulb had some sort of plastic cap on it. (see attached picture) I didn't seen any mention of this in your instructions. My assumption is that I need to remove the quartz sleeve and remove the plastic cap at the end of the bulb. Please confirm this is the case.
By Customer Service on February 22, 2012

Answer:
You don't need to remove the plastic protector. We use it for protection of the UV bulb.

By Aaron from USA on February 23, 2012
Question about the C500. After its been put together an running, does it self prime itself if there's a power outage?

Thank You,
Aaron

By Customer Service on February 23, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Aaron,

The CF Series of Canister Filter does not self-prime. Although, if there is a power outage your unit should resume normal operation when power returns. Let’s think of a power outage as general maintenance with the actual maintenance. You unplug the unit and water stops flowing. You’d let it sit for a moment and plug it back in. The unit will resume normal operation. This scenario is just like a power outage. Essentially, if there is a power outage, the CF Series of Canister Filter should resume normal operation when power returns.

There is a possibility that your unit could lose its prime while there is a power outage. If this does happens, you would need to prime the unit in order to resume normal operation.

There is one thing to be conscious of; the biological colony inside the unit during a power outage. If the filter is left off for a long period of time (12-24hours) the colony of beneficial bacteria will be compromised. In general, bacteria inside the canister are consuming oxygen and it will run out sooner than most would imagine. This is where battery operated air pumps come in handy. I would use on one or two on the fish tank and another with the biological filtration media. In the event of a power outage and you happen to be home, the biological filtration media can be removed and put into a fish safe container with aquarium water. You would add oxygen via a battery operated air pump to the biological filtration media to help keep your beneficial bacteria alive. When power returns, rinse filter sponges and possibly any chemical filtration media and put the canister back together with the preserved biological filtration media.

I understand that last bit may have been a lot of information but if you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Californiacation from California on December 28, 2012
Hello there, I purchased this filter awhile back and absolutely love it! However I do have a question. What do I use for my O-rings so that the filter head is easier to remove? It seems to be harder to remove as time goes on.
By Customer Service on December 28, 2012

Answer:
Hello,
We are glad to hear you are loving your CF-500UV! We recommend using a silicon based lube on all of the o-rings approximately every 3-6 months to maintain lubricity

Thank you

By Tony Pezzuto from New York, New York on June 28, 2012
How adjustable is the flowrate of the CF500-UV CANISTER FILTER, and once primed, how strong is its suction and pressure? I am considering it for a high flow smaller tank, to replace 4 tiny power heads, using pvc, and back pressure to distribute the flow. I am especially concerned that I will hurt the motor if i restrict the flow. This is due to my familiarity with industrial sump pumps, inline water boosters used in farming, and my lack of familiarity with aquariums.

Thank you for your help.

By Customer Service on June 29, 2012

Answer:
Hello Tony,

We have received you recent product inquiry regarding a CF500-UV.

Depending on the actual set-up of the unit, the CF500-UV will move approximately 525 gallons per hour.

We do not know the size of your aquarium but we know it is 'small.' Lets say the aquarium is 20 gallons. Theoretically the aquarium could be drained less than 3 minutes. This is a lot of suction.

Regarding adjustable flow rates, back-pressure and damaging the motor. The CF Series Canister Filters do not offer adjustable flow rates. Although head-pressure is a natural occurrence which would slow flow rates as well as backed up filtration media inside the unit.

We feel no more than 25% of the overall flow rate can be reduced and/or restricted on the OUTPUT only, not the INPUT.

At 25%, this would leave you with a flow rate of approximately 400 gallons per hours which is essentially a CF400-UV.

It is possible a CF400-UV is a better unit for your application.

If you have any additional questions please do mot hesitate to ask.

By Rob from NY on January 2, 2013
Would this filter work on a pre drilled 75g tank with a corner overflow?

By Customer Service on January 4, 2013

Answer:
Hello Rob,

The CF-500UV aquarium canister filter can be run in addition to your current filtration set up; however, it should not be used in your sump or corner over flow.
#671
BW/MA

By Rafael Mayea from Miami,Florida on July 9, 2012
I want to buy the CF500UV I have a 55 gallon saltwater tank with 10 fishes and plenty of corals and I would like to know if this is the right filter for my tank also I want to know if I can set the CF500 at the same level of my tank and how often do I have to clean it have in mind all the fishes and corals that I have. Thanks guys
By Customer Service on July 17, 2012

Answer:
Hello Rafael,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of a CF500-UV on a 55 gallon saltwater aquarium which houses 10 fish and corals. The CF500-UV is suitable for use on this set-up.

Maintenance on this type of unit is up to the user. At minimum the unit should be opened up once a month. We recommend rinsing filters pads and sponges weekly for optimal results and replacing them when they shows signs of wear. The purpose of mechanical filtration such as a pad or sponge is to collects organics and debris into a central location for easy removal. When filters pads and sponges are rinsed/cleaned, the collected organics are removed. By frequently removing organics you ensure optimal performance of the filter. Chemical filtration such as activated carbon should be replaced according to manufactures guidelines. Biological filtration such as ceramic rings should be rinsed free of organic and debris buildup to ensure maximum working performance. Keeping biological filtration free of buildup ensures a healthy environment for beneficial bacteria to grow. Biological filtration should be rinsed with aquarium water in a fish safe container. If rinsed or clean with anything but aquarium water, the beneficial bacteria will be lost.

For optimal performance the CF500-UV should be mounted underneath an aquarium. The unit will not operate will if installed level with an aquarium. This type of filter is meant to be gravity fed in order for it to perform properly.

If you have any further questions regarding the CF Series of canister filters please do not hesitate to ask.


By jonathan from hudson on July 11, 2012
I have a 55 gallon freshwater fish tank and im lookin to buy a filter from the CF series. I wanted to know if the CF500 would be to strong for my tank ?
By Customer Service on July 17, 2012

Answer:
Hello Jonathan,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of a CF500-UV on a 55 gallon aquarium. We understand you are concerned that the output of the CF500-UV might be too strong for your aquarium. The CF500-UV has an output of 525GPH. We recommend comparing the output of your current filtration system to the output of the CF500-UV and making a decision from there. If the CF500-UV is installed on a 55 gallon aquarium you will have an approximate turnover rate of 9 times an hour. This is a suitable turnover rate and to us is consider somewhere in the middle of low and high turnover rates.


If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By chris from Michigan on March 31, 2012
does this Item come with filter media ?
By Customer Service on April 2, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Chris,

The CF500-UV includes 4 fine, white filters pads & 1 coarse, blue sponge. Additional filtration media will need to be purchase separately. Below is a link for AquaTop's filtration media.

http://truaqua.com/aquarium-filtration-media.html

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By jared from new orleans on July 28, 2012
is the cf500uv to big of a filter for a 75 gallon saltwater reef tank.
By Customer Service on July 30, 2012

Answer:
Hello Jared,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of a CF500-UV on a 75 gallon reef aquarium. The CF500-UV is well suited for use on a 75 gallon reef aquarium. The unit has a total output of 575 gallons per hours and if installed on a 75 gallon aquarium will yield a turnover rate of approximately 7 times an hour. We feel this turnover rate is well suited for a reef aquarium.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Bryon from USA on January 28, 2013
How much (or little) slack should I have in the input/output tubes?
Thanks
By Customer Service on January 31, 2013

Answer:
Hello Bryon,
The CF-500UV canister filter tubes are very flexible but shorter lengths are generally better to avoid kinks and bends. Keep in mind, however, that the lines should not be too taut as to cause strain on the input and output fittings.

Thank you,
#726 BW/MA

By Danny from USA on April 4, 2012
Hello....I am looking to purchase the aquatop CF500uv within the next week or two. I do have one quick question.

Does this filter actually filter the water BEFORE it reaches to impeller? The reason I ask is all my current hang on back filters actually grind up all the poop and other waste BEFORE the water reaches the mechanical filtration. Depending on the media I am using the filter cartridges or sponges may or may not be capable of filtering out fine particles ground up by the impeller. I am hoping to avoid that issue with the CF500uv. I am hoping the water enters the canister through the top and goes down, gets filtered and returns up through the top at which point it makes contact with the impeller.

By Customer Service on April 5, 2012

Answer:
Danny,

Great Question!!!

Yes, the CF Series Canister Filter has a bottom up flow pattern just as you described. Water enters the unit and is immediately routed to the bottom. The CF500-UV has four filter media compartments. Water flows through 4 media compartments before coming into contact with the Impeller. After the Impeller water is pushed back into the aquarium.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Felix from Virginia Beach, VA on April 8, 2012
What type of grease or lube do you use on the pump lid o-ring (that seals lid to tub) and the o-rings on the in and out valve? (must be aquarium safe of course) but the brand i'm interested in.The reason for this question is that i don't see replacements o-rings and you wouldn't want to do routine maintenance and accidentally tear an o-ring.
By Customer Service on April 9, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Felix,

We recommend using a Silicon based lubricant. As far as a brand type is concerned there are going to be many candidates for this purpose. From personal experience the Aladdin brand works well and is non-toxic. Most hardware stores such as a Home Depot, Lowe's or Osh will have something similar to Aladdin. We do recommend checking with your local fish store as well. It is common for a fish store to sell silicon based lubricants.

We do sell O-rings for the CF Series. If you would like to purchase one please give us a call at the number listed below.

1-888-915-2782
1-562-697-9860

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Sarah from Tennessee on August 10, 2012
I have used this filter since I bought it around 8 months ago, and it has worked fantastically. My concern is when should I change the impeller and the UV bulb? Is there a time limit on them? It might tell me in the owner's manual, but I have moved and am not quite certain where the manual is. Thanks in advance for the help.
By Customer Service on August 13, 2012

Answer:
Hello Sarah,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding a CF500-UV. The impeller does not need to be changed or replaced unless the ceramic shaft breaks or the rubber gaskets go bad. We do recommend removing the entire impeller assembly and keeping it clean and free of debris build up. The UV bulb should be replace every 6 -9 moths to ensure maximum effectiveness. We offer a downloadable version of the manual here on the website. The manual is in PDF form and can be found at the link below under "Owner's Manual."

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Joseph Jozwik from Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 5, 2012
Greetings,

I recently purchased a CF-500UV, nice unit, fits together well.
I would like to mount the water out and in on the sides of the tank instead of the back.
The problem I have is I have a hood over the tank and a 3D background.
Is there any other piping / fittings that is compatible with this unit that I can use to move output and input to the sides where it can be affixed with suctions cups?


--
Joseph Jozwik

By Customer Service on September 5, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Joseph,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding aftermarket plumbing parts for a CF500-UV. Unfortunately we do not offer plumbing parts to suit your request. What you are trying to achieve requires a little bit of ingenuity and a willingness to rummage through plumbing parts. This definitely falls under the category of DIY. We do have a couple of ides for your retro fit. All you need to know is the inner diameter (ID) of your tubing. The CF500-UV utilizes tubing with an ID of ¾”.

a) Plumbing parts can be purchased at your local hardware store to build a new Input and Output Set; barbed fittings, elbows, hose clamps and straight runs of PVC. If you build a new spray bar, you’ll need a drill and a thin drill bit.
b) Local fish stores tend to have a surplus of extra plumbing parts. A trip to your local fish shop may yield a wide assortment of plumbing parts for your application.
c) Check internet forums. See if there are many fish keepers who have come across this before. Aquarium backgrounds/inserts are commonly used in the industry.

We hope this information helps.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By mel from New York on April 22, 2012
looking for another filter for my 125gallon tank i have fancy guppies my question is will the uv kill all bad bactiria
By Customer Service on April 23, 2012

Answer:
Greetings Mel,

The 9W UV Sterilizer of the CF500-UV will destroy 99.9% of all bacteria which pass by the bulb.

If you have any further questions pleas do not hesitate to ask.

By Denny Owens from sterling, co on September 12, 2012
Can you use peat granules in this canister filter?? I have really hard water where I live and this is something that was recommended to me. thanks
By Customer Service on September 14, 2012

Answer:
Hello Denny,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of peat granules with a CF500-UV. Yes, you can use peat granules with a CF500-UV. We recommend the using a filtration media bag to contain the peat granules. Filtration media bags are commonly used with filtration media such as activated carbon and phosphate removers.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Product Reviews:
CF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV 9W - 525 gph
$179.99
4.5 Stars based on 56 Review(s)
2nd to NONE
March 8, 2013
I have 2 of these bad boys hooked up to my 125G tank for about 1 year now. I must say I couldn't be happier. I am very pleased with the quality and durability of the product (I was a bit worried at first because of the price). Between their high GPH rate and the UV, they have kept my water crystal clear and my fish healthy. They create a very nice current for my fish, and the way I have them set up there are virtually no dead zones in my 6ft long tank. On a side note, they are much bigger than I though. I am also happy to say that they are very quiet. Oh, did I mention I picked up two of these for less than any one of the competitors filters!!!!!
Pros:
$$$ Product Quality GPH UV
Cons:
heavy when full of water and filter material... LOL

Dan
Southern US
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


CF500UV on 125gallon
November 17, 2013
Set this up about a week ago. The only issues I experienced was the inability to prime the filter without manually filling the canister with water. I tried for quite some time, you could see some water in the hoses but it would never fully start the siphon. Also once the filter was running the weight of the water in the hoses made one of them kink. Resolved by putting a plant type hook/hanger inside the stand and resting the hoses on it. Otherwise it seems to be doing a good job, no fish in the tank yet but water movement seems great.
Pros:
Very quiet ! Will be purchasing another for my 40 breeder salt tank.
Cons:
Prime function did not work for me.

Sharon
Iowa
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Awesome Product
September 16, 2013
I was having many issues with algae growth. I had tried all the normal remedies. Nothing was helping. Since I have bought this canister filter I have seen a major change in my water clarity and test levels. The price was reasonable online. In the stores the price was outrageous.
Pros:
Comes with everything needed to start the filter that day. Fittings are better to secure tubing. Unlike the black clips that come with other units.Produces great water quality and UV light is a plus!
Cons:
Balky and a bit taller than expected.

GhostMic
moraine, OH
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Great filter.
July 21, 2013
Love this filter. I just bought a second one for a larger tank.

Kristi
Texas
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Great product!
March 24, 2013
Couldnt be more happy with this canister filter. Tons of room for media. Puts a great flow in my 75 gallon oscar tank. He loves to swim against the current. Super quite and large water capacity. For the money this canister beats all the large name brand. Comes with really long tubing for intake and out take for any place you want to put it. My only complaint is priming it takes a lot of pumping so I just fill it up with tank water before I refill the tank (doing a water change) and no priming is required.

Anthony
Binghamton, NY
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Love it!!
March 5, 2013
Just got the 500 today, had no issues with getting it primed, and while there have been others comment on the quality of the plastic parts, I didn't think there was anything concerning about them at all. One of my hoses seems to want to collapse at the outlet, but that may be because I have it too long. I also was able to configure the spraybar to be higher in the tank, but I'd be happier with that if I was able to get it right at the waterline. Flow is great, makes a nice current in my 100 gallon tank. Overall for the money, you can't beat this filter. My tank was super clear before this, but now I won't have to disturb my loaches to clean the filter.
Pros:
Almost everything.
Cons:
Spraybar too low in water.

Cindy
West Palm Beach, Fl.
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Aquatop cf-500uv
March 4, 2013
Great filter, little maintenance, very quiet, gray water flow, lots of space for media. Easy set up
Pros:
Easy To Clean, Quiet, Effective, Needs Little Upkeep, Durable
Best Uses:
Small Tanks, Large Tanks, Tropical Fish, Larger Fish

Smokey420
Jacksonville, fl
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Nice Filter
February 22, 2013
I am using the CF500UV filter on my 90 gallon aquarium that I have fairly heavily stocked with about 25-30 African cichlids. Prior to getting this filter I had been having issues with water clarity despite weekly 30% water changes. I also had been having issues with the brown algae (diatoms). I was hoping that the UV light would help to clear up some of these problems. My filter arrived with a broken uv light and I used the filter for about 3 weeks prior to getting the replacement light. During that time, despite not having the UV light on, I did notice an improvement in water clarity and a reduction in the diatoms, but my water clarity still was not as crystal clear as I would like. Using the uv filter for me has not seemed to have much impact on anything. I used it for a week and didn't notice any significant improvement in water clarity, but my diatoms did continue to decrease. It wasn't clear to me if this was from the UV filter or from just the better biological filtration of the filter itself, so I turned it off for another couple of weeks and have left it off since. My diatoms have decreased to the point where it is very manageable and not bothersome. My water clarity improved to a point, but is still not quite as clear as I hoped. The first 3 days or so after a water change the water is crystal clear, but then the slight haze starts and gets worse as it is left longer. Don't get me wrong, it is still much better than it was and is not bad by any means, but just not as good as I hoped. I do not regret my decision and I think the filter is a good product and would purchase it again. I plan to continue to experiment with the UV light, but my very unscientific test did not show a big improvement from the light itself.
Pros:
Quiet, Effective, Easy To Clean
Cons:
Not Durable
Best Uses:
Larger Fish, Large Tanks

TwinCitiesJim
Twin Cities MN
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


EXCELLENT VALUE
January 29, 2013
Great value. Cleaned my tank in less than 24 Hrs. 2 weeks, water still clear. Great for tanks with large fish.Very quite.End-fittings should be made of stronger plastic. Needed to warm up with hot water the end of the tubing to be able to fit in end-fittings.
Pros:
Quiet, Effective, Powerfull
Cons:
Cheap Endings, Tubing Very Had To Plug
Best Uses:
Tropical Fish, Larger Fish

Marcos
El Paso
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Better quality for less money...
January 19, 2013
I found this brand on accident in Dallas. I bought a used demo. These are made of quality product plastic unlike fluval and marineland. The ones with UV lights are awesome. My tank if crystal clear. I have never had amonia issues. It's very easy to clean because there are no divets.
Pros:
Durable, Effective, Filter, Fluval, Canister, Needs Little Upkeep, Fluvall, Better, Easy To Clean, Quiet, Marineland, Quality
Best Uses:
Small Tanks, Larger Fish, Large Tanks, Tropical Fish

Doug4701
Dallas, TX
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


CF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV
December 24, 2012
Easy to use on my 30 gallon I love it
Pros:
Effective, Quiet, Durable, Easy To Clean, Needs Little Upkeep
Best Uses:
Small Tanks

FLEMMING
SONOMA CA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Cf-500
November 30, 2012
Once the CF-500 got established it was pretty darn effective keeping my 120gal cichlid tank clean. The UV bulb had some issues with getting water inside the tube, but besides that it works great and I'd buy again. The only problem i had was customer service, sent several emails and tried calling numerous times. Bought in July, emails and calls started in Late august, still no response!! Luckily no major problems, but still dissapointing. Besides that, pretty satisfied with the purchase.
Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Clean, Effective, Needs Little Upkeep
Cons:
Thin Plastic Spray Bar
Best Uses:
Tropical Fish, Large Tanks, Larger Fish

Mr. G
Modesto, CA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Worked as advertised
September 7, 2012
Our 90 Gallan was so cloudy couldn't see fish. On our monthly maintenance day replaced older canister filter with this one. Four days later what a differance, can actualy see fish now. A little hard to prime, & tubing could be better, but for the $ I would recomend this unit.
Pros:
Needs Little Upkeep, Quiet, Effective
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Tropical Fish

lowwing_99
Montreal, WI.
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


awesome product
August 16, 2012
This truaqua canister filter work like a champ. It's the best filter i have used so far. I used it on my 60 gallon tank and it is crystal clear. I recommend this to everyone.
Pros:
Needs Little Upkeep, Quiet, High quality, Effective, Easy To Clean, Durable
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Larger Fish, Large Tanks, Large aquarium, Tropical Fish, Small Tanks

king kong
Norfolk, VA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


All Around Great Filter AAA+++
May 31, 2012
I have had theCF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV 9W - 525 gph for about 2 years now. I have a 220gal with African Cichilds i have 2 of the CF500UV 5-Stage Canister Filter with UV 9W - 525 gph on it and it keeps it extremely clean. Now cleaning the filter is a little tricky the FIRST TIME but after you get it down it goes pretty smooth and easy after that. I have my fish tank in front of 3 good size window and and barely ever see algae because the UV sterilizer.It is easy to set up and get running. And another plus it is quite you don't hear it. I would recommend this to a friend
Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Clean, Durable, Effective
Cons:
HaveNoConsOnThisFilter
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Larger Fish, Tropical Fish

jannie kay
Indiana
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Great filter for the price!
May 31, 2012
I use this filter along with a couple others on my 150 gallon CA/SA cichlid tank. It works really well to clean the water and keep it crystal clear. It would be really nice if the UV bulb came in different wattages though. I wouldn't hesitate to but another one!
Pros:
Effective, Quiet, Easy To Clean
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Larger Fish

Dispatch273
Guilford, CT
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


BEST DEAL OUT THERE!!
May 26, 2012
whats great about this filter is that you can fit just about anything into the media trays i like how you can adjust the spray bar and turn off the uv light
Pros:
Effective, Needs Little Upkeep, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Durable
Cons:
Messy To Clean
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Small Tanks

scthetruth
rapid city south dakota
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Awesome filter for the price
May 4, 2012
I recently purchased this filter with the recommendation of a friend, and from now on I am the one recommending it. After opening the box and looking at it I felt that some of the parts seemed kind of cheaply made, After hooking up the system the first thing that I found was that it seemed kind of hard to prime, but once it started I have been really happy with it. It keeps the 75 gallon mixed cichlid tank super clean and it is extremely quiet. The biggest thing about the filter that I do not like and it might be the only thing is that if I ever for some reason decided to turn off the UV light then I will have to stop the filter take the top off and unscrew the light area to get to the on and off switch. Other than that I am really happy with it and its performance.
Pros:
Durable, Effective, Easy To Clean, Quiet, Needs Little Upkeep
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Tropical Fish, Small Tanks

BigRick The Fish Guy
Dunn , NC
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


CF-500
May 2, 2012
The only negative comment I have is that the spray wand connection should be shorter so it can be closer to the top along with the protein skimmer. It is set to low. Other than that, it is a good buy and great product.
Pros:
Quiet, Effective, Durable
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Larger Fish, Tropical Fish

amazonpassion
Culver City, CA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Going to be put to the test!
April 16, 2012
I purchased 2 CF-500uv filters a week apart to go onto a standard 125 gallon.As of now i cannot give a full review but i got the review product e-mail so,here we go with what i have so far.Super quiet,takes a little more for priming (and trust me the hoses can't get any straighter),4 baskets are very deep (load it up with bio media),inlet and outlet pipes aren't too bad (just different from other brand canisters) although the outlet sprayer doesn't do a simple "L".Output flow is exceptional even with 3/4" hose (if it had 5/8" hose,higher pressure same volume). Tank is cycling right now.Waiting for the nitrite spike to settle then the monsters will be going in.Silver arowana,tiger shovelnose,indo tiger datnoid,hystrix stingray, spotted gar and a kamfamalau flowerhorn.TALK ABOUT A TEST!will update in the future if they let me(maybe get 5 stars)
Pros:
Deep baskets for media, Quiet
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Small Tanks, Tropical Fish

DJ FKat
Virginia Beach, VA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Strong Buy!!!
April 4, 2012
I was in need of upgrading my canister Filter. I have 2 aquatic turtles "RES & Painted Turtle". Turtles are dirty pets with constant water changes and cloudy/green water. I had to have a filter that can clean & give me crystal clear water. I've had HOB,Internal & Canister filters. All would Fail, Big Time! From reading reviews and my own past experiences I was very skeptical about the AquaTop CF-500UV Canister Filter with UV9W. After running the filter for the past 3 weeks my water is Crisp and Crystal clear..NO BS!!.. Capable of handling up to 525 gallons per hour, 175 gal capacity $ 4+1 filtration..Overkill,for a 30 Gal breeder tank, No Way.. I't a necessity. No other filter could handle these turtles. I have owned all the Big Name brands..They may work well with fish, but are No Match for Turtles. I am Free of Grim daily water changes and cleaning the inside of tank of algae and dirt. AquaTop CF 500 Caniter.. "Killed It" Best canister filter on the market. "And that's the Bottom Line"
Pros:
Durable, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Effective
Best Uses:
Small Tanks, Large Tanks, Turtle, Algea, Tropical Fish, Larger Fish

Warrior Soul
N.Y.C
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


looking to buy a 2nd :)
April 2, 2012
I'm currently using on my 125 gallon reef tank its a must have super quite will be purchasing another real soon !!!!!!!_
Pros:
Effective, Needs Little Upkeep, Easy To Clean, Quiet
Cons:
Spray bar
Best Uses:
Saltwater, Larger Fish, Tropical Fish, Large Tanks

zxfairlady
canon city
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Easy set up
March 25, 2012
I have a Marineland canister and this is similar. Only had it up for a week now, but I am anticipating no problems. Good value for the money. I have large pacu, dempseys, red devils and plecos in a 150 gallon tank, so they are messy.
Pros:
Quiet, Effective
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Larger Fish

Mark the Shark
Canton, Ohio
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


Awsome Filter
March 23, 2012
Cleared up a heavily loaded 150gal African Rift Lake Aquarium in 4 days. The UV is amazing.
Pros:
Durable, Needs Little Upkeep, Quiet, Effective, Easy To Clean
Best Uses:
Larger Fish, Large Tanks

Dan
Illinois
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.


I would buy this for sure!!!
March 23, 2012
This filter is very quiet. It is very quick to clean my 250 gal. tank!!!
Pros:
Quality, Durable, Quiet
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Larger Fish

John
Dubuque, IA
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.



AQUATOP CF-500UV

The CF-500UV Canister Filter with UV from AQUATOP

By David Lass, Aquarium Fish Int'l Magazine, January 2012

The CF-500UV Canister Filter from Aquatop Aquatic Supplies provides all the filtration (mechanical, biological and chemical) that an aquarium needs in a simple and easy-to-use package.


THE CLAIMS: Aquatop claims the the CF-500UV Canister Filter filters 525 gallons per hour and that it can be used for aquariums ranging from 70 to 100 gallons.

THE TEST: I tested the CF-500UV on a 300-gallon planted tank that hadn't really been cleaned in a while. It had a great deal of mulm on the substrate, and in the sump, and the filter bags on the return were also dirty. The fish were two schools of adult rainbowfish and a lot of large catfish. I did a 25-percent water change, stirring up the gravel and making a real mess in the tank. I then put two Aquatop CF-500UV filters on the tank, and I ran overflow from the tank to the filter bags in the sump.

THE RESULTS: After five or six hours, I cleaned the bags in the return, as they were clogged with debris. I also cleaned both of the CF-500UVs, which had trapped a tremendous amount of material. Over the course of the next day, I cleaned the filters twice, and by the morning of the next day, the tank was crystal clear. I left both of the CF-500UVs on the tank, along with the two filter bags, and those have kept the tank crystal clear and clean for six weeks. I also cleaned the filter and bags once a week or so.
The Aquatop CF-500UV Canister Filter is easy to assemble, use and clean. The in and out hoses can be shut off and removed with no water spilled. there are four filter trays, one with a coarse filter material and three with standard material; in addition, there is a bag of filter media. There is plenty of space in the trays to add any other type of chemical filtration medium desired. The 9-watt UV that is built into the filter can be turned off if it is not wanted.

CONCLUSIONS: There is no on-off switch on the filter itself. I had a problem getting it primed until I realized the the hoses to and from the tank need to be as straight as possible, so keep this in mind.
The Aquatop CF-500UV Canister Filter is an excellent piece of aquarium equipment. It is easy to use and clean, and it does a terrific job of providing all three types of filtration. It is compact and can fit into a cabinet or below an aquarium stand. The hoses are long enough to give great flexibility in the placement of the filter. I recommend the Aquatop CF-500UV Canister Filter for use; the line has other sizes of filters for different tank sizes.

David Lass has owned and operated retail pet stores and a wholesale fish import and export business. He is a frequent contributor to Aquarium Fish International and FAMA, and has covered many aspects of the aquarium and pond hobbies. He is also a well-respected moderator on FishChannel.com.