I am trying to find the best option for setting up a 10 gallon FW quarantine tank for new fish and as an emegency hospital.
Here are my needs and considerations:
- Like most everyone else, I do not want the q-tank running at all times.
- It needs to be cost effective
- I don't want to add significantly to my main tank waterflow. I already have enough water filtration and waterflow through my Aquaclear50 and an air wand
SPONGE FILTER - Many suggest placing a sponge filter in your main tank and then transferring the sponge into the q-tank when the q-tank is needed. This seems really cost effective as I already have an unused airline on my pump. Not sure how much my water turbulence would increase, but my biggest concern with this option is that with my aquascape I really don't have enough open floor space to put a sponge in my main tank.
SPONGE ADDITION TO CURRENT HOB: Another suggestion I see is to add a sponge to my current HOB filter and then add one of the sponges to a HOB for the 10 gallon q-tank. But I'm trying to manage some costs and don't know if another HOB is my best option in that regard. I also spoke to Hagen and the representative I spoke to advised it is risky to stack sponge filters in HOB as back to back sponges have a tendency to clog and then overspill into the room.
ADD ANOTHER HOB TO MAIN TANK: and then transfer it to the q-tank when needed. Doesn't seem cost effective and I already have enough filtration plus I'm concerned with additional waterflow.
Hagen suggested an Elite Mini Filter, it appeared to be something similiar to a very small, adjustable, powerhead with a sponge filter. It is small at only 3 inches x 5 inches, has suction cups and clips to hang from the top brim of the tank (wouldn't interefer with my aquascape), runs directly from wall current (no air pump needed), has an adjustable flow and they only cost $10-$11. The lady from Hagen was allover this as my most viable option. It states it's desogned for up to 3 gallons, but she said for short term q-tanks it would be more than sufficient for a 10 gallon q-tank.
Would this hold enough benefical bacteria to seed a 10 gallon?
Would this filter provide a good option for me?
What works best for your q-tank. A-130 Elite Mini Filter