- Automatic Rollermat - Theiling
We have been waiting quite a while for a product like the Theiling Automatic Rollermat. With the Theiling Rollermat 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 Rollermat.
Due to the manufacturer of this product being in Germany the bulkheads that are already installed on the Rollermat 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 Rollermat 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 Rollermat, 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.
Awsome piece of equipment By Anthony on 2/14/2020Anthony would recommend this product to a friendI have had the rollermat for over a year now. I will never have another sump that doesn't incorporate one. it has pros and cons, I listed the biggest pros and cons, for me.
- takes food out of water before it breaks down (eliminating the need for filter socks)
- multiple ways to plumb it
- easy to change filter rolls
- rolls have been lasting around 3 months
- some detritus will form in the bottom of it (hard to vacuum out)
- can only push up to 600 gallons of water through it
- very large footprint
Nice concept By Timothy on 12/13/2019Timothy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI've owned the unit for over a year now. At 1st ,the unit worked flawlessly. I own the matching sump as well. The problem I see,is that over time,the weight of the water causes warping to the housing. On my unit, this causes the roll to walk over the edge of the drum causing a bypass. The good news is, i dont use up rolls. The bad is, i dont get filtration. I have removed the silicone o-ring on the side opposite of the sump and doubled up on the other side offsetting the drum a smidge. If this doesn't work, i will by the competitors sump with the full length roll that runs across the width of the sump. I love the idea and have had no issues with gears, boards, or float. The lid just doesn't fit once it is filled with water. It just won't fit without causing issues. So I just sit it on top of the unit. If they made a heavier housing instead of the flimsy injection molded material, I would be happy to stay with this product.
No more socks, YEA!! By JDG on 8/16/2019JDG would recommend this product to a friendI've run this for over a year now. Several rolls have been consumed. For my initial setup I chose to install without the top installed. I did install a flow sensor in the overflow line so I could get an alarm from my Apex...had several already as I've forgotten to turn the power back on to the motor. I do wish the body of the filter was better made, it seems to be too thin as it flexes easily during maintenance.
Also.. By Greg on 6/5/2019Greg would recommend this product to a friend5. I found that the flow around 300 gph is the most economical and the quietest
Its going to make life easy with a few improvements By Greg on 6/2/2019Greg would recommend this product to a friendThere are some good recommendations on here to improve this and here are a few I found:
1. The emergency overflow is grossly undersized. If the gear strips or the motor fails its going to over flow and come out the top. Not a problem if its in the sump other than a good roll has been saturated and can be dried out (fan blowing on it) and used again.
2. To fix this I re-drilled the emergency over flow to match my input of 1" and since the skimmer came with a metric adapter the conversion kit was not necessary since I replaced the emergency over flow anyway.
3. I drilled a 5/8" hole above the float valve for an optic sensor for the Apex so it starts to over flow I can shut down the return pump and get a warning.
4. As mentioned by other reviews adjustable float valve (or drilling for an optical sensor) to turn the roller mat at a certain level and the circuit board over heating fix by Jeremt
Great with roller mat sump By Tim on 2/3/2019Tim would recommend this product to a friendThis roller mat with the roller mat sump combination keeps my aquarium immaculate. The best part is I don’t have to deal with washing socks constantly but I get the same benefit of having socks. It is an easy attachment to the roller mats up which works great with the skimmer and refugium.
Its ok. But with major flaws By Lars on 1/23/2019Lars wouldn't recommend this product to a friend2 years into ownership and it has started to develop issues. The weak walls of the box are begining to warp. If you keep the lid secure, it jams the rollers and the motor wont be able to turn them. The sensor height desperately needs to be ajustable, and the metric fittings are terrible for a product sold in the US. Finally, you must plan a drop from its outlet of at least a foot to get the flow that is promised... i want to love it, and could with just one of these flaws, but all of them together is just too much
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.
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. : )