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FORZA 40-80 Hang-On Filter W/ Surface Skimmer - 240GPH

FORZA 40-80 Hang-On Filter W/ Surface Skimmer - 240GPH
Product code: PFE-9
Original Price: $79.99
Our Price: $39.99
You Save: $40.00 (50%)
Features and Specifications:
FORZA 40-80 Power Filter w/ Surface Skimmer

The FORZA 40-80 Power Filter is an easy-to-use, dual 2 stage hang on filter that features mechanical and chemical filtration. This Power Filter comes equipped with all the necessary filter media to ensure superior Mechanical, Chemical and Biological filtration. The FORZA 40-80 hang-on back filter utilizes a filtration chamber system with dual replaceable filter sponge cartridges enhanced with Aquatop?s Premium Activated Carbon and Bio Grid Inserts. The inserts have a maximum surface-area for your beneficial bacteria to colonize help keep clean water. The largest model in the FORZA Series, the 40-80 also includes an adjustable surface skimmer that helps to promote gas exchange and keep the surface of the water crystal clear.

The 40-80's innovative and advanced design helps eradicate and control free-floating debris and harmful waste from both fresh and saltwater aquariums.

How Does the FORZA 40-80 work?
As water passes through the dual dense filter cotton, larger debris is mechanically filtered from your water. Next it passes through the dual poly-fiber wrapped carbon inserts where it goes through the chemical filtration process. Allowing the carbon to remove discoloration, odors, and other impurities helping to maintain your crystal clear water.
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Questions and Answers:
By christine from san pablo, california on January 1, 2012
So this is my second day using the PFE9 hang on filter. And I noticed that my water was becoming clear the first few hours. Then this morning my water became all cloudy and murky like a swamp. I decided to clean the tank and add fresh purified water.. which I just got done like..20 minutes ago.. It was crystal clear.. I started to run the filter and now it went make to being all cloudy and murky looking all dirty again :(
Is it suppose to be like this?
By Customer Service on January 3, 2012

Greetings Christine,

We do not know anything about your aquarium which makes it difficult for us to help you. Please answer a few additional questions and we'll be able to further assist you.

Please provided details as to when it was set-up, fresh or saltwater, how many fish and what type, how you cleaned the aquarium, do you water test with what type of testing kit.

If the aquarium is not brand new did you completely replace and existing filter with the PFE-9?

This may take a few emails because essentially we are diagnosing the potential problem. The PFE-9 is an excellent filter and offers Mechanical Filtration, Chemical Filtration and Biological Filtration. The first two work immediately but the Biological Filtration takes time to build. The Plastic Bio-Plates need a few weeks before any bacteria colony is actaully established.

Are you familiar with the Nitrogen Cycle or the New Tank Syndrome?

By lee from san diego, Ca on January 25, 2012
what size replacement filter fits this unit
By Customer Service on January 26, 2012

Greetings Lee,

I regret to inform you we are currently out of stock regarding the filter insert you have inquired about. A good substitute would be @

These are pretty much the same size at the PFE-9's.

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

Product Reviews:
PFE-9 Hang-On Filter W/ Surface Skimmer
4.5 Stars based on 7 Review(s)
Great product
November 12, 2012
This filter is simple to use. Simple to clean/change filters. Very quiet. The small spacers that go between the bottom of the filter assembly and the tank are NOT effective. They continually fall out. Had to improvise with a stick on spacer to get the right angle.
Needs Little Upkeep, Easy To Clean, Effective, Quiet, Durable
Best Uses:
Tropical Fish, Large Tanks

Tall Guy
Grants Pass, Oregon
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

The Quietest out there.
August 5, 2012
The surface skimmer works great. The media area is real limited so have to be creative. Polybio media pads are the best on this. So quiet compared to a few I bought only to banish to the garage...they were too loud at night. Good deal for sure! It works and moves good amout of water for a 30-40 gallon tank. This for a quarentine tank. A++
Easy To Clean, Quiet, Effective, Durable

arroyo grande, ca
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

pfe9 Hang on filter with surface3 skimme
December 5, 2011
I have a 50 gallon aquarium. I had an external filter that would sometimes leak causing a mess on the floor. I replaced it with this filter which is much easier to clean and no external tubing.
Quiet, Effective, Needs Little Upkeep, Easy To Clean
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Small Tanks

San Diego, Ca
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very effective filter-exceptional value
November 29, 2011
Cleared up cloudy 55 gal tank in matter of hours.
Durable, Quiet, Needs Little Upkeep, Easy To Clean, Effective
Best Uses:
Small Tanks, Large Tanks

Sparks, NV
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

I love this filter!!
November 11, 2011
I am currently using this on a 45 gallon planted Angel fish tank. I had been having problems with debris floating around from the plants and a film on the surface of my water. After using this filter there is no debris and the surface is perfectly clear. I also like the bio filter inserts. They are similar to using bio balls, but are made in 2 separate pieces so you can just pull them out as needed. The media filters are also really well made. I have used lots of different filters, but for $30 this one is more than worth it!!
Quiet, Plug and Play, Easy to install, Easy To Clean, Effective
Best Uses:
Planted tanks, Small Tanks, Larger Fish, Large Tanks, Tropical Fish

4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Surface Skimmer Addition Rocks!
October 3, 2011
I love this product.The plastic bio-plates for biological filtration are easy to rinse and keep clean. The filter takes two filter pad inserts with activated carbon and these are easily replaced. The surface skimmer is adjustable and really keeps the surface of my water clean. I have never seen a product with an integrated surface skimmer before. Usually you have to buy one separately but the PFE-9 comes with one and if you do not want to use it it is easily removed for use without it.
Quiet, Effective, Needs Little Upkeep, Easy To Clean, Durable, Promotes Oxygenation
Best Uses:
Larger Fish, Tropical Fish, Large Tanks

Happy Tails
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Surface skimmer innovative
July 20, 2011
Very attractive looking unit for aquarium filters (silver grey instead of black), powerful motor and quite operation. Easy to change carbon media, the surface skimmer is the industry first to combine with hang on filter ? but you have to adjust the surface skimmer to the proper water level, if your tank water level is too low and you didn't adjust the height right, you will get air suck into and loss the pumping function. Overall very good quality products.
Effective, Easy To Clean, Durable, Quiet
Best Uses:
Small Tanks, Large Tanks, Larger Fish, Tropical Fish

Provo City, UT
4.5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.