Marineland Multi-Stage C-530 Aquarium Canister Filter, 150-gal

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Marineland Multi-Stage Canister Filter is designed with an effective 3-stage filtration system consisting of biological, chemical and mechanical filtration. The bio-filter balls are designed to grow the beneficial bacteria that are needed for biological filtration, and excel at removing toxic ammonia and nitrites. Unlike other canister filters, Marineland Multi-Stage Canister Filter has no bypass option, meaning that it only has the ability to produce clean water. The replaceable media slots provide the mechanical and chemical filtration, screening out dirt and debris while removing odors, discoloration and impurities. The 100% water-to-media contact ensures a crystal clear, healthy environment for your plants and marine life. This 3-stage, clean water-producing system will guarantee that your aquatic environment thrives to its highest ability.

Key Benefits
  • Allows the water to receive full-contact filtration with virtually no bypass so it can return to your aquarium as good as new.
  • Excellent three-stage filtration process maintains a crystal clear and healthy environment for fish to thrive in.
  • Durable, effective and long-lasting filter makes keeping an aquarium easier.
  • Provides fish, plants and coral with the clear, clean and safe water they need.
  • Effectively filters particulate and debris.

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    Freshwater, Saltwater

Clean Filter Media regularly. Rinse with water from aquarium, NOT tap water.

Replace Filter Foam every 9 months.

Clean Impeller Assembly Cover and Impeller monthly. Rinse thoroughly under warm tap water.

Replace Filter Floss Pad and Carbon Filter Bags every month.

STEP 1 Parts Check: Check to see all parts are included.

STEP 2 Case Prep:

Unlock and remove Motor Head. Release Locking Buckles. Release Lift Buckles and pull up. Unwrap all media and rinse thoroughly.

Place media in appropriate Filter Trays. Load Flow Dish, media-filled Filter Trays, and then the Securing Plate. IMPORTANT: Arrow on handle should align with arrow on filter case. Replace Motor Head. Close Locking Buckles. Secure Lift Buckles. NOTE: Align Intake Nozzle and Connector Pipe.

Attach Valve Block to Motor Head. Turn Motor Head Key clockwise. Press Motor Head Key down and Close Key Cover.

STEP 3 Placement:

Place canister filter under aquarium, in an accessible location. Top of canister filter must be below aquarium water level.

Make sure the distance from bottom of filter and top of aquarium fall within the following ranges: C-160: 20-60 inches C-220: 24-60 inches C-360: 32-60 inches C-530: 32-80 inches NOTE: Do not plug in yet.

STEP 4 Intake/Outlet Assembly:

Attach Strainer and Suction Cups to Intake Tube. Moisten Suction Cups and press Intake Tube in to position on inside wall of aquarium.

Attach Elbow, Diffuser, and Suction Cup to Outlet Tube. Moisten Suction Cup and press Outlet Tube into position on outside wall of aquarium.

STEP 5 Connection:

Attach Vinyl Tubing ends to Valve Hose Barbs. Tighten Hose Nuts. Extend hoses to highest barbs on Intake and Outlet Tubes. Allow for 2 inches of slack. Cut Hoses to fit. Attach Hoses to Intake and Outlet Tubes. Models C-160, C-220 &C-360 only: Place Snapper Clamps around hose and tubes at fittings. Tighten Snapper Clamps. Models C-530: Tighten Locking Screws on Intake and Outlet Tubes.

STEP 6 Start Up

Plug in Filter.

Press Quick Prime Button two times to start the flow of water to the aquarium.

Note: If water flow through Diffuser is not satisfactory, unplug Filter and check hose connection for obstructions or kinking.

Note: A slight rattling noise is normal ONLY during startup. If noise persists, shut off filter and check for dirt or debris that may be at the bottom of canister.


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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My fish has not broken it yet....

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    My huge Oscar was breaking his filters, he is extremely messy and this filter has solved both problems. I had a little trouble getting it put together but it wasn’t terrible. My other concern was leaks and so far so good!

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    After a few weeks of use this filter is a very bad investment. It's hard to change the media, is very hard to open, and is very cheaply made. After a few weeks the locking mechanism that is made of cheap plastic broke and now it leaks water and I can't no longer use it. This filter has given me such a hard time that I will never buy this brand again. $250.00 down the drain.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

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    Bought as a Christmas gift for my husband he loved it very easy setup makes the tank absolutely beautiful.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

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    I got this for my boyfriend. He was very happy, and satisfied....

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Extremely easy to install

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    Received my package in good condition opened box and had the thing set up and running in about 20 minutes. It is really easy to set up and it works great. Saw a change in the clearness of my water even though my last pump kept it nice and clean already. Only thing I don’t like is the elimination of a quick release for the tubing. The previous versions of marineland pumps had quick release valves (only problem was that they were made of plastic and broke easy and were expensive to replace) that made removing for cleaning easy. Will have to see how long it takes to remove for cleaning when it is time

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    no shut off valves

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    Filter is working fine but Marineland does not make the quick disconnect valves that they have for the smaller canister filters water lines . This going to be a major pain when it comes time to do any maintenance to the filter , having to fight the in and out water lines . Seems if they were going to put out a new model they would have all the little items to sell with it . I hope that sometime somebody will have these to sell . If you are not sure what I am talking about it is 2 valves about 2-3 inches apart on waterline and a quick disconnect in middle , when valves are closed you can unhook disconnect and leave waterlines hanging on tank and only loose about 1 cup of water .

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product

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    I have no regrets in buying this canister filter. It is truly an awesome product. I have a 55 gallon tank and the canister has the water looking crystal clear. Keeping the water clear was a problem in the past but I can say that this filter without a doubt has come to my rescue. I difinetly recommend this fiter. Your turtles will love you for it. My yellow belly turtle pow thanks me everyday

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Can't stop leaking

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    Had C530 a week now tried everything to stop leaks coming from handles.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    It's very nice.

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    So far I'm very happy with this product although still to early to give a complete review.

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