- 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.
Perfect By JK on 5/10/2018JK would recommend this product to a friendI have been using this product for five months now. I can honestly say, hands down, this is the best investment I have made for my reef tank. I have a 240 gallon with tons of fish and corals and the tank is growing coraline alagae like crazy. The corals look great and the fish our super happy. I just don't get all the folks who are complaining.
First, the product description clearly says, metric conversion is required and you still complain. Dont buy it and then bash a perfectily good product just because you have to spend two extra seconds and a few extra dollars to buy conversion bulkhead fittings. People like you are the reason our hobby is lacking inovation.
For those who bought this product and it doesn't work exactily the way you want it to work, get over it. These kind of inovations will only keep comming and get better if we the hobbiest continue to support the inovations. The R and D for these products cost hundred of thousands of dollars and if hobbiest dont support these investments, no investor will be willing to put forth the money for R and D.
The hobby needs more inovations like this. By JK on 3/3/2018JK would recommend this product to a friendGoing on two months with no major problems. New technology is welcomed and is needed in this market. I can deal with a few imperfections because at the end of the day, it does what I bought it to do.
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.
What are demensions of the unit?
There is only on inlet I have two coming off my tank can for my drains. Can I merge to one or will I need to put another bulk head in the box?
How high is the output from the bottom of the unit?
What is the water level max, min and suggested for the roller mat?
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.
Would if be feasible (or advisable) to install a second input - such as for the secondary line in a bean animal installation? I would think you would want both the main and secondary to go into the roller mat, and the emergency to go straight to the sump?
How much clearance space is required above the unit's mounting location? It's 19" tall. How much space above that to remove the lid and replace the filter medium? Do you have to be able to get your arm in there to wrap it around the big chamber from the feed reel to the take-up reel?
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.
Will my ato be affected as the mat fills up with detritus, and the water level rises to trigger the roller mechanism?
I wanted to know if this would work for my 720 or my 240 build? Thanks
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.
How do you clean the crap that accumulates in the bottom of the Theiling Roller Mat?
Generally how long do the felt cleaning material last before needing to be change?
Will vary on how much waste it put in however standard is around 2.5 months.
How exactly can this be plummed ? Right now I have my 120 Gallon overflow that just uses gravity that falls into my 30G sump below into a filter sock. Can the roller mat just sit right in my sump, my water level on that side of sump is 9" high.? 10" wide seems very big!
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.
Does it come with a mat fleece or do I need to buy that separately?
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.
What warranty does it have?
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. : )