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I have a sponge filter to set up my QT tank with but no outlets left in my room to run the air pump with. If I just let the sponge sit in my mature 29g for a few weeks will it have the same effect? I didn't think it would matter if it had air running through it or not, I just want to make sure.
Without air to force bubbles up through the lift tube thereby pulling water into the sponge, the sponge filter will not be effective. I might consider getting a powerstrip found at any hardware store or walmart that would allow you to plug the air pump into.
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If you're using it as the main filter, no it won't work, at least not to support any real bioload. To mature the sponge, it will work to a degree, but you really need some flow through the sponge or the colonization of the sponge won't be significant.
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Okay. I have a power strip right now, but all my tank stuff and my computer/monitor are plugged into it so there are no outlets left. I guess I'll have to figure something out. No it's not my main filtration, I have a canister and HOB filter on my 29, the sponge filter will just be for my QT tank.
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