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AquaMaxx AF-1 Automatic Filter Roller


Item #: UJ7580

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AquaMaxx AF-1 Automatic Filter Roller

Peace out, filter socks.  Enjoy more and do less, the AF-1 Automatic Filter will let you enjoy your aquarium with less maintenance by removing the need to change out your filter socks or sponges every few days.

Leaving clogged filter socks in your system for too long increases the chance for food and waste to decay within the filter sock, if the sock is not removed every few days. The AF-1 eliminates this chance, automatically removing this waste from your water column before it has time to break down.

The AF-1 is fed water through its 1.5" inlet directly entering its internal chamber, then filtered through the exposed fleece. As water passes the filter fleece begins to clog with detritus, uneaten food, organic waste, etc., the water will rise within the AF-1`s chamber, triggering the water level switch for the motor to wind on the filter roll to a new fresh piece. The water level will then drop and the process will repeat itself until the roll is near its end.

Stock up on replacement filter Fleece Rolls! This Automatic Filter Roller includes a starter 50µ roll.


  • Clearer Water - Waste has no time to breakdown in the water column, for cleaner and clearer water
  • Slide-out Pulley System - Replace your dirty filter fleece roll, easily, just loosen a few screws and slide out the pulleys
  • Reduced Maintenance - No need for swapping filter socks every few days
  • Suitable for fresh and marine aquariums
  • Adjustable mounting bracket


  • High volume filtration capacity
  • Minimal installation footprint
  • Completely replaces the need for filter socks
  • Self-assembly for easy cleaning
  • Multiple installation options
  • Automatic advance of dirty fleece


  • Flow rate: 1320 gph
  • Footprint: 13 x 9"
  • Height: 16.6"
  • Inlet Connection: 1.5" elbow
  • Optimum operation water depth: 10 to 17 cm ~ 4 to 6.5" (measured from the bottom of the unit)

Roll Specifications:

  • Roll Width: 6"
  • Roll Length: 82 ft
  • Roll Micron Rating: 50µ

Manufacturer information

AquaMaxx is a Southern California-based aquarium supply company that entered the market in mid-2008 with a line of affordable metal halide bulbs. The brand quickly gained recognition as word spread about the high quality and low cost of their lamps. In 2009, AquaMaxx released a line of aquarium filter socks and, in early 2010, unveiled an assortment of high-performance protein skimmer accessories and upgrades.

4 Stars


Reviewed on
February 21, 2021

No, I would not recommend this.

Didn’t even last a year

Pros: Great idea

Cons: Plastic breaks easily

Plastic around the motor cracked so now the motor just runs but can’t spin the roller to pull fleece. This is a very delicate piece of equipment that is all acrylic and plastic. Can easily crack even as careful as I was. Water also runs around the fleece so only catches half of what you want it to. I guess I have to now manually roll the fleece with my hand

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Reviewed on
February 12, 2021

No, I would not recommend this.

lasted a couple weeks

Pros: it's a great filter if it works

Cons: don't last more than a couple weeks

Theoretically it's a great idea and will save your time changing sock. But the support bracket keep broken after a few weeks. Marine depot was a great helps as always (no respond from the manufacturer) But the end of the day, it's a waste of money. Trash! and back to the sock :(

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Reviewed on
February 03, 2021

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: No socks to change.

Cons: Small screws to hold roller on, easy to lose.

I bought this with my first stimulus check, so I have had it awhile. At first, it was a bit fidelity trying to change rolls, but now I have it down to less than a minute to do a changeover. It filters great, no more socks to mess with and quiet.

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Reviewed on
November 09, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Should have purchased this sooner!

Great product that is easy to assemble and works very well. I should not have waited so long to buy an automatic roller filter because I've been very happy with it so far. It's been running for over 2 months and still have not had to replace the filter roll yet. The water is much cleaner and it seems to help with the nutrient problems I had before.

My only complaint is that the original rods that came it to keep the product assembled were too thin. They did replace all four with thicker rods which are much sturdier so I am guessing and hoping that all the products will come with the thicker rods going forward.

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Reviewed on
October 16, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

AquaMaxx AF-1

Purchased this filter roller a couple of weeks ago and I am impressed with it. The filter roller arrived mostly assembled, and I just followed the directions from a YouTube video that Marine Depot made to finish the rest. The only con is that I have a 20 gallon long for a sump and the bracket will not fit over the lip of the sump. So I had to make a small stand for for the filter roller using PVC. Other than that small issue this filter roller is working great.

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Reviewed on
September 18, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Love it

Pros: Easy install, easy roll change, cleaner tank. No need for socks anymore.

Cons: None.

The tank is much cleaner looking. Set it, forget it. I just monitor the roll each week.

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Reviewed on
September 02, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Acrylic Rods Design Flaw.

Pros: Good price point

Cons: Cheap acrylic rods break .Falls apart. Needs Modification

Let me start by saying that the product works as intended as long as you make some modifications. That said, my very first order came broken. All of the acrylic rods (4) that hold the filter together were broken straight out of the box. I had to return it and exchange it. The next unit came in fine and I installed it. Its been about a month since I had it running on my new tank. The rods broke again. I had the filter hanging on the tank, so only the top rods broke. Seems like the rods are too narrow and weak to hold the filter together while it hangs. I remedied the problem by using zip ties through the screw holes so they pulled the filter back together. This fix is a lot more sturdier than the rods. It looks terrible, but it works. If you do get one, I recommend placing a base underneath it to prevent this or do the zip tie fix. Aquamaxx should switch out the rods for thicker ones. Seems like the tapping and threading process for the screws weakens the rod significantly. All the breaks occur right where the end of the tap stops, a very clean break. If it weren't for this I would of given this filter a five star review, its at a good price-point and it works great (with the mods).

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Reviewed on
August 21, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Aqua Maxx

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Couldn't understand instructions for attachment of roller I used tape to attach.

Roller mat was easy to install after 2 weeks of operation is working as expected

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Reviewed on
August 07, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great product!

Pros: My tank is noticeably cleaner.

Cons: It does cost 200 bucks and it will cost to by replacement rolls.

Compact design easily fit into my sump. Came assembled except for simply dropping the motor in place. Lowest priced replacement rolls. Works well. I'm much happier with this than having a filter sock!

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Reviewed on
July 21, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great Auto Filter

Pros: Improves water clarity

Cons: I haven't found a y yet

I had the AquaMaxx AF-1 for several months now and its amazing The improvement 9f my water clarity has improved drastically .Another great quality of the Aquamaxx AF-1 is that once set up it worry free. I have had several of my fellow hobbyist purchases this GRAT FILTER

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