10-18-2012, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by j dizzel
At one time all I used was hang on back filters, thought they were great. But after going through what you are experiencing all of my tanks under 55 gallons have inexpensive sponge filters in them now. They last for years and when they need cleaning rinse them in the bucket of the used exchaned water during the water change. This way your bacteria won't be killed. I over size the filter by one size. ATI is agood one and if I remember right the hydro V was around $20.00 dollars. Another advantage sponge filters don't suck up the fry.
Sponge filters are good fro heavily planted, small tanks. No doubt about that.
This came as a kit though at a great price. If I had went with something else, even a small sponge filter, it would have cost more.
Anyone know of any large sponges that I could cut and fit into my filter to replace the cartridge entirely?