Aquariums need daily filtration. Fish create waste that gets distributed throughout the tank. Excessive feeding also leaves food deposits around the inside of the tank. Without filtration, these deposits of waste and excess food would raise the ammonia content to a toxic level. The biorb service kit helps to keep ammonia levels under control
Furthermore, algae buildup is a problem for maintaining a healthy aquarium system. Much of the algae produced in fish tanks is eliminated through filtration, before it can attach to the surfaces inside the aquarium.
The most effective filtration system involves more than one type of filtration in one aquarium. For example, bio filtration is the use of live plants and/or rocks to help filter the water naturally. As long as proper current is maintained around live rock, it can be a helpful means of purifying the water.
To provide the extra current, another aid for filtration is an air pump, one that releases air at the bottom of the tank, causing bubbles to rise continually to the surface. This helps move the water for filtration systems and re-oxygenates the water because of the gas exchange that occurs at the surface.
Finally, the last and most important type of filtration is mechanical filtration, involving the use of an actual plug-in filter, attached to the side of the tank. It is best to change the filter cartridge every month or more, depending on recommendations for the type and size of tank. An additional consideration is to look for one with battery backup, in case of a power failure.
Combining two or more of these forms of filtration is not only beneficial for the fish, but is also very helpful for the owner of the aquarium. This is because the better the filtration is, the less frequently the tank will require manual cleaning.