Artisan tank accessory manufacturer London Aquatic Design has produced some nano-sized roller filters to fit three popular brands of marine nano tanks. Available to fit the Fluval, Waterbox, and Innovative Marine nano-sized tank models, the fleece filters are built from cast acrylic and PETG and are designed to be wound on manually, by hand. Made to fit in the mechanical filter chambers of these popular AIO tanks, the addition of such a fleece filter will mean the omission of the intended filter socks, sponges, filter wool, or floss filter pads, but with them will go the hassle of frequent removal, cleaning or replacement. A simple visual check, twist of the wrist a few times, and the roll will be wound-on and ready to go again.
We rejoiced when we saw the first nano-sized homemade roller filter and seeing another version that works in a similar way, on the other side of the Atlantic, made us just as happy. The three available rollers from LAD currently fit into 11 models from the three above brands, but we hope many more will follow to fit the likes of the Red Sea Max nano and other, larger All-In-One aquarium systems. We also wonder if the makers of those tanks are working away furiously behind the scenes to bring out their own mini roller before they lose out to third parties and who knows, even a mini automated roller to match those available for larger tanks.
London Aquatic Design does of course provide replacement rolls for their filters, which are available in three-packs of 15-meter long, 20-micron sizes for £24.95. The three roller filters themselves are available in the UK and all are priced at £119.95 each, or around $133.