In this review of the Penn Plax Cascade 1000 canister filter LEARN the 3 things that make the cascade 1000 canister filter worth more than it’s priced. I’ll share my thoughts on the filter, including the good the bad and the ugly.
The floss pad removes fine particulate matter, The activated carbon media removes toxins and impurities from the water.
The sponge makes for an abundant surface area for proper biological filtration by promoting bacterial growth to effectively remove waste, excess food and harmful ammonia and nitrates.
One word of caution, if you use the spray bar make sure all the holes are facing downward, towards bottom of tank. Otherwise, you will have a lovely fountain in the middle of your house!
How To Set Up The Penn Plax Cascade 1000 Canister Filter
Here is a great video that shows exactly how to set up the Cascade 1000 Canister Filter. Below the video I have summarized the steps included in this video.
Step 1) Attach the intake and output nozzles to the canister filter. The nozzles are color coded for easy identification and screw on very easily.
Step 2) Now attach a hose to each nozzle and screw the clamp tight. The hoses are identical so just ensure you attach a hose to each nozzle.
Note: Ensure to tighten the hose clamp really well to prevent air from entering the canister filter.
Step 3) Now fasten the intake tube to the short side of the intake hard tube. Remember the purple colored nozzle is the intake tube ensure to fasten the clamp tight.
Step 4) Now attach the intake cover to the long end of the intake hard tube.
Step 5) Attach the output tube to the long side of the output hard tube. Remember the black colored nozzle is the output tube, ensure to fasten the clamp tight.
Step 6) Attach either the spray bar of the output cover to the short side of the output hard tube.
Step 7) Attach the suction cups evenly as needed to the output spray bar, hard tube. Do not cover any of the output holes on the spray bar when you fasten the suction cups. Also attach suction cups to the intake tube as needed.
How To Prime The Cascade 1000
Step 1) Ensure that the valves on each nozzle are open. You can tell the valve is open if the valve is inline with the tubing.
Step 2) Locate the pump button and pump as directed. This will suck water into the canister filter and will fill the canister with water.
Note: The hoses in this video are too long, which is why he has to pump so long. Your hoses should be trimmed down to no more than 4 to 6 extra inches than would be needed to reach from the intake and output fixtures to the filter itself. The siphon won’t start if the hose goes below the level of the filter motor.
Step 3) Once the canister is filled with water, plug-in the filter.
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