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Tom Aquatics Aqua Lifter Suction Pre-Filter


Item #: OE1140

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Pre-filter for Aqua Lifter—Dosing Pump. Filters out large particles in water before entering Aqua Lifter. Ideal for reef additives such as kalkwasser.

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Tom Aquatics
As one of the premier plastic product manufacturers in the U.S., we have manufacturing operations in our home office, Fenton, Missouri, as well as Sullivan, Missouri and Shawnee, Kansas. They have over six decades of manufacturing expertise put towards the designing and building of products that provide a distinct service for the consumer.

4 Stars


Reviewed on
February 13, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: Comes with a filter.

Cons: None

It's pretty big.

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Reviewed on
December 11, 2019

No, I would not recommend this.

aeration filter

Pros: None

Cons: Absolute junk from china!

Looses suction, barely achieves suction mostly what it does is aerate the water you are trying to move to the sump. It is impossible to get the lid to seal to the housing. It sucks 4x as much air as water, it also leaks water and sits in its puddle. I give it zero stars. Buying it is like lighting your money on fire.

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Reviewed on
November 23, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Good to Have

Pros: Nicely Made

Cons: No replacement filter available

Used this one as preilter for my RO/DI feed pump, does a great job in screening out particles. I’ll be purchasing another to serve as predicted for my protein skimmer air intake. Great quality with an affordable price.

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Reviewed on
June 19, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Not The Quality They Used To Be

Pros: Only device of its type.

Cons: Leaks air, leaks water, breaks siphon, o-ring stretches.

I have been using these filters for many years. In the last year their quality has diminished greatly. They do not seal correctly which allows the siphon to break and the o-ring in the cap stretches if cap is tightened to correct air leak. The only way I can get them to seal is by wrapping the lid with Parafilm M, which is a semi-transparent, flexible and waterproof plastic material. I would only recommend this product with the Parafilm M caveat.

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Reviewed on
January 31, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Must have

Pros: Filters well

Cons: Can’t buy replacement filter elements.

This is a great little filter to clean the water from my overflow before it enters my pump. I do wish I could find replacement filters.

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jayson holmes

Reviewed on
November 05, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

Necessity for...

Absolute necessity for any un-drilled tank with overflow system. All of those DIY PVC overflow systems you see on youtube will NOT work properly without a dosing pump. And this ensures long life of said device.

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geoffrey knechtel

Reviewed on
October 19, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

It works

What can I say other than that this little filter really works well. A must for the longevity of the Aqua-Lifter pump I use for my CPR overflow. I gave it a less than 5 star rating because you can't purchase the filter element separately.

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daniel rowe

Reviewed on
September 01, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

Ore filter

Have had one of the aqua lifters get clogged due to small Debris building Up inside the diaphragm. The pre filter works good at catching those little goodies ??

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joseph makowski

Reviewed on
February 28, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

Aqua Lifter Filter Ok

The filter was easy to install. It would be nice if it came with additional filter media. I would also reccomend a version with a mounting option, either suction or wall mount.

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robert hester

Reviewed on
February 13, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.


i purchased this with the Aqualifter, JBJ ATO and for the price i can afford to take a chance and after seeing this perform all i can say is GET IT! it is being used primarily for RO water only but once i stabilize my parameters i will be using Kalkwasser and this prefilter will help prevent or minimize the chances of clogging.

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