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Good small power filter?
Old 11-24-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
 
Good small power filter?

Can anyone reccommend a good small power filter that is SAFE for fish and frogs? Have tried a couple of cheap ones and had a few fish deaths and an ADF with a trapped and mangled foot (who is now fine btw). It wasn't even that they got sucked in to the vents, they got behind the filter and got stuck.
I would rather spend more on decent filters that are safer. Need one suitable for a 65 litre and one for a 30 litre?
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
 
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I don't know if Tetra is avalible in England but I have a Tetra 5-15 powerfilter in my 10g. I have a small swordtail fry and some lemon tetras. The filter as far as I know, has never caused an problems. I guess I could recomend that if you are still looking. You could use the Tetra 5-15 Power filter for your 30L tank.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
 
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You could use silicone to glue a piece of acrylic over the corner where the filter is. Drill holes in it to allow for water flow through it, but small enough that your adfs can't get through.
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:03 PM   #4
 
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Both of those tanks would probably be find with a small sponge filter.. (assuming they are planted.)
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #5
 
Thanks for the replies. I've only just seen them so I've already bid on a stingray elite 10 on ebay. I've just put a fluval u3 in my ADF tank (65 litre) do you think that's too strong? I might swap it for a fluval u2 in one of my other tanks. I'm going to try to breed the ADFs...thinking a U2 might still be too strong??
I don't want a sponge filter as I don't want an air pump.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:56 PM   #6
 
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Three weeks ago I'd have voted for the AquaClear 50 that I have on my 29g. However, I brought home a new batch of small rasboras the other week and three of them have ended up inside the intake tube since then. Not sure how I feel now.

Worth maybe googling it though.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:09 PM   #7
 
Aquaclear 20. Just buy an additional filter sponge for it (a couple bucks), cut a hole in the middle and cover the intake tube portion with the sponge. It works in protecting fry from getting sucked up for me. I do it on 2 5g tanks I have. AC filters are great.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:18 PM   #8
 
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Three weeks ago I'd have voted for the AquaClear 50 that I have on my 29g. However, I brought home a new batch of small rasboras the other week and three of them have ended up inside the intake tube since then. Not sure how I feel now.

Worth maybe googling it though.
Eek! Were they still alive? The reason I ask is that I've got an AquaClear 110 on my 67g tank at home, and an AquaClear 20 on my 10g at work... there are livebearers in each tank and I've never seen fry get sucked in... however I have found the bodies of dead fish stuck to the outside of the intake that I assumed were dead BEFORE getting stuck to the filter intake... hopefully they didn't get sucked against there while they were alive!
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:59 PM   #9
 
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Gray, I don't really know. The 50 has a two part tube for the intake (so you can double the length of the intake tube) and I find them up against the second part of the tube. I can only assume that they're getting sucked in because everybody looks healthy. Weird.
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