- Automatic Roller Mat - Theiling
We have been waiting quite a while for a product like the Theiling Automatic Roller Mat. With the Theiling Roller mat it will automatically unroll fresh new fleece to trap and collect free-floating debris and detritus from your aquarium. Usually, anyone that runs filter socks in their sump will have a few handfuls of socks laying around that need to be cleaned and can take up quite a bit of space. With the 12v electric motor dirty fleece will be removed from the water allowing new media to take its place when the current fleece is starting to clog.
- Automatic rejuvenation of mechanical filtration media
- No more changing or washing filter socks
- Detritus is removed from water column preventing the breakdown into ammonia
- Drains can be plumbed directly to input or on a stand-alone pump
- 12v operation for low energy consumption
Recommended flow rates between 200-600 gph through the Theiling Roller Mat.
Due to the manufacturer of this product being in Germany the bulkheads that are already installed on the Roller Mat are metric. If you wish to use US (standard) bulkheads for the input and emergency drain we suggest purchasing the Theiling Adapter Kit. Please note the main drain is a metric bulkhead that cannot be replaced with a standard bulkhead.
40mm ABS Bulkhead - To convert to standard US size plumbing we recommend using the 40 mm to 1 1/4" adapter
40mm ABS Bulkhead - To convert to standard US size plumbing we recommend using the 40 mm to 1 1/4" adapter
25mm ABS Bulkhead - To convert to standard US size plumbing we recommend using the 25mm to 3/4" adapter
Dimensions: 17" long X 10" wide X 19" tall
1x Roller mat unit
1x Power Supply
1x Roll of Fleece
2x 40mm ABS Bulkhead
1x 25mm ABS Bulkhead
Your tanks drain line can be directly attached to the input of the Roller Mat, or a stand alone pump can be used. We do prefer to use a DC controlled pump for ultimate flow control but any pump up to 600 gph will do just fine.
Poor Implementation of a Good Idea By Chris on 2/19/2018Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe idea of not having to deal with filter sox is wonderful. This product does work well. It is hard to plumb. It has metric fittings. The conversion fittings are an extra expense. It is large and bulky making it unlikely to fit in a cabinet in a sump under your tank. It isn't easy to service! Removing and replacing the rolls isn't a trivial task. I wouldn't recommend this product.
Just ok By Bill on 2/7/2018Bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI want to love this product but can’t. The gear that drives the take up reel is plastic. Gone through 2 already. I’ve also had the float valve fail once resulting in the loss of a full roll of felt. Hopefully they take this V1 design and enhance it a bit. Concept is great!
Too many kinks and a mold colony By amglomer on 1/14/2018amglomer wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI want to love this product. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it. I've just installed my 3rd roll, having successfully gone through one roll, and struggled with the first one. Upon inspection when changing the 2nd roll, I saw both cardboard tubes were covered with black mold.
Given the exposure to moisture, I'd think paper wouldn't be an option for any type of filter. Setup was brutal. The first two months the system kept going offline. I did the usual replace motors etc. Ultimately we determined the roll had been cut at a slight angle, causing it to continuously go out of alignment.
I gave it two stars because I believe there is potential. It's a good idea and it catches detrius. Perhaps they will stop using paper in the future.
Disappointed By Greg on 9/25/2017Greg wouldn't recommend this product to a friendpurchased 7/4 failed 9/25 needed replacement motor. didn't even get through the first roll!!!
Can be perfect with simple changes By Jeremt on 5/13/2017Jeremt would recommend this product to a friendIve found ways around all the flaws
1st flaw - metric bulkheads, i was able to fit a 1.5 inch 40 bulkhead in place of the main drain. I
Replaced the input with a 3/4 bulkhead
2nd flaw happens because of the circuit board design, the board has constant power running to it which is a issue because it over heats itself and the motor fails.
The fix was easy. Open the access cover on the board, remove the connections of the float switch and run them to your apex, now jump the the contacts on the board together with a short wire, the contacts from which you pulled the float switch from. Put the power supply on apex outlet to only come on when float is closed.
Works flawless now and i can check my logs to see how often it comes on and its progress. i too had major issues with the motor not working but all is well now and i love this thing
3rd flaw is the cover being on builds condensation from the warm circuit board.
Fix - leave cover off or prop open just a tad ( or do the apex fix)
No more filter socks By Jpaudio on 4/23/2017Jpaudio would recommend this product to a friendNo more filter socks and it seems to be staying clear took one star away for having a deal with the non standard bulkheads
Not ready for prime time By Alex on 4/10/2017Alex wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSo, we've had this thing for several months now, and like others have pointed out it has some cons:
Thin plastic feels like it is going to break it you move it wrong.
Hard to get the top on and off.
Extra plumbing conversions make it sit farther from the sump then you I like.
But I want to mention something that hasn't been covered in the reviews yet. It would be really nice if the clip that holds the float valve for this thing was adjustable, so I could have it use more or less of the roll as my comfort level with how dirty the used portion gets, changes. Currently the used portion gets a little too dirty for my liking, and has caused my nitrates to go up from the level I was keeping them at with filter pads/socks. If I could get the float valve to trigger sooner, it would get the waste out of the tank faster, not allowing it to decompose on the filter paper for quite as long.
But overall, it seems like a beta version of a great product. It just needs a little more work to tackle some of the issues, and it could be must have for all reefers.
P.S. We have this mounted so the pipe that dumps water into the sump is just above the water line in the sump. This caused an issue when our Auto Top Off put a bit too much water in the system, causing the float valve to trigger and waste an entire roll of filter paper. We have since added it to the Tank controller so that when the float switch in the sump is triggered, this thing turns off. It also turns off in cleaning mode.
I like this better than filter socks By Jim on 4/2/2017Jim would recommend this product to a friendI have had a few problems with feed roll dragging as well. I also have had a few snails make their way in, so that might actually be my problem.
I wanted to point out my drive motor shaft is rusting. It might be a good idea to put some silicone grease on the motor shaft to prevent this. I am glad BRS is selling replacement parts as I will probably have to replace the motor & drive gear at some later time.
Regardless of the issues I've had, I like my rollermat and would consider purchasing a second one if I can figure out how to fit it in my sump.
Little plastic gear broke By Steven on 3/29/2017Steven would recommend this product to a friendI have 3 units and after the first rolls were used up, after changing to new media rolls, 1 of 3 units broke it's little plastic gear. I've ordered replacement gear, but I think this plastic part needs to be replaced with something metal that won't strip or crack under the strain of pulling on a new wet full roll. Hire a machine shop to cut a batch of metal replacements, and I'll buy them.
3 months in - rubbish By Reef510 on 3/27/2017Reef510 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI originally reviewed this praising it as the best thing since sliced bread. The design is absolutely awesome. Execution is very poor 3 months in. The enclosure is very thin and the motor has stoped turning the roll. Both rolls are now saturated with salt water and have become heavy. Too heavy for the motor to spin. I got rid of it unfortunately and am thinking of a home brew version.
great concept, needs fine tuning By nick on 2/10/2017nick would recommend this product to a friendThis automatic roller mat is awesome in concept and reality, BUT the reality part needs potential problem solving to ensure long term proper function for some.
As others have noted the motor and gears seem to be weak. Before mine have failed I noticed strange noises coming from the motor/gear. I believe its from the strain placed on both due to the excess moisture absorbed by the mat causing extra weight the motor has to move.
This got me to thinking,
A) is this because i have more moisture in mine than others? I'm not sure but i am plumed into the basement which has a consistent 65 deg temp.. Since this unit is enclosed i'd have to think 76 degree water enclosed and placed in a room 65 degrees will cause more moisture than if it was placed below the tank in the stand that more times than not is more toward 71/72 degrees, or more, causing less condensation which will lead to less absorption than my situation.
B) If the noise i'm hearing is a result of extra weight absorbed by the mat, maybe drilling the top for better breathability reducing condensation would be the answer. I tried this by making 4 1.5inch holes. 2 directly above the feed mat and 2 above the dirty mat. The peaks of the cover- It didn't work in my situation.
c) Remove the lid, everything else is wide open why not? So far this has worked i have no issue with full dirty or new rolls causing strain on the motor or gears. I also do not notice any smell from it being open (but it is in the basement and i'm not around it 24/7)
Now that my roller mat is working properly i have no overflows out the overflow pipe and no weird gear/motor noises. Even with my tinkering it is still much less work than i had to do making sure filter socks are clean and not nitrate factories.
I hope my findings help others in both decision making to purchase or problem solving down the road.
Good luck, I still love it and it would easily be 5 stars if i didn't have to tinker!!!!!
Love this product By Fish girl on 2/10/2017Fish girl would recommend this product to a friendI've had this for about 6 months. Love it, no problems. Reduces cleaning time.
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The Theiling rollermat is designed to operate above the water level of your sump so that the processed water can freely spill into the sump. There isn't really a min/max water level required, aside from making sure the water can flow freely down and out of the central bulkhead and into your sump.
If this is in a cabinet below the aquarium with a sump, space is at a premium, so I'm challenged to fit this in.
How does it mount? The plumbing is clearly coming out on one side, but it looks like the back isn't flat either, thanks to the motor sticking out. Seems like the motor should have been mounted on the front so you had at least one completely flat side to mount it.
In order to fully remove the lid with the roll you will need an additional 6" above the 19" of the unit itself. This does not really have a mounting option but rather can be placed in the sump on a stand or external on a stand.
The Roller Mat’s overall tank size rating will highly depend on the bio-load and overall amount of free-floating particles it needs to remove. For larger tanks, you may need multiple rollermats, as they are only rated to handle 600 GPH or you could have a stand-alone pump deliver water to the rollermat as well.
Will vary on how much waste it put in however standard is around 2.5 months.
The Theiling Rollermat can be plumbed in a variety of ways. The easiest would be to let your tanks main drain flow directly into the rollermats intake. It is not all that small, and if you could set it on top of your sump that would work, however the rollermat will need to freely drain into your sump. If you place the rollermat in your sump, you will need to be cautious of the water levels and how water how water flows through it. If you cut a rectangle out of cardboard or something stiff with the dimensions of 17 x 10 inches, then you could “test fit” it first.
The Theiling Roller Mat does come with 1x fleece roll. We would suggest picking up an extra just to have on hand for when it is time to change it out.
The Theiling Roller Mat comes with a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase.
If you have any other questions just let us know. : )