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Old 12-20-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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Power Filter Question from 1980's

This one has been bugging me for a while. Who made the power filter in the 1980's which:

- Used siphon tubes to draw water into the clear plastic filter box (as opposed to pumping it in) which hung on the tank like today's power filters

- Pumped water out of the filter box through a light brown plastic pump head (instead of using an overflow)

- Used media pads or plain polyester batting for the filter media (or you could put sacks of charcoal, ammocarb, etc in with the media)

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Old 12-20-2015, 04:49 PM   #2
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From the 80s? Likely suspects include Supreme Aqua King by Danner and the DynoFlow Motor Filter by Metaframe


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Old 12-20-2015, 04:55 PM   #3
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Did Ben Franklin build it himself? Ac or dc? Does it have a crank start?

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The Supreme Aqua King had a metal encased motor which sat directly above the return tube. The filter box had a generous capacity and used 2-4 siphon tubes to draw in water.
Ben Franklin did not use it. Neither did George Washington. Or Abraham Lincoln. It was AC.


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Supreme Aquamaster PME. Well done, Fresh2o. It's off to Craigslist to see if any are still around.




It's sad they don't make these any more. As a chemical engineer, I find the particle filtration media depth in (what would be comparably priced) current filters laughable. In the Aquaking, $0.15 of polyester and $0.25 of activated carbon in a bag would do a lot more filtration than today's 3/8" thick, $5.00 filter cartridge. Moreover, pumping the water into the box (as is done with current filters) is a great way to make sushi out of fry.

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Think you'll find aquaclear hobs a suitable substitute?

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I had them back in the late 70 s I loved them , but the 1 thing that annoyed me was they always lost siphon when a fish brushed up on it. especially the big fish
the other thing was they needed oiling every week , they also had a tendency to overheat every so often,
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I had them back in the late 70 s I loved them , but the 1 thing that annoyed me was they always lost siphon when a fish brushed up on it. especially the big fish
the other thing was they needed oiling every week , they also had a tendency to overheat every so often,
yeah one problem was no way to control the flow so you often had to have lots of siphon tubes in to feed it or the water level in the box would stay just at the bottom of the siphon tubes and yup, all it took was a fish bumping it.
this was especially a problem after putting in new filter material as it would allow faster water flow, but they kicked butt especially for big dirty fish.
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here is a pic of a supreme aqua king;
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Thanks for the pic on this. I had assumed everything was air-driven for all filters, etc (as that's all I had). Amazing to see.

Err, just wondering if the wiring was a bit exposed?
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