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post #1 of 25 Old 04-30-2013, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Sponge Filters?

I'm thinking of using a sponge filter on my 10 gallon planted betta tank, and I've been looking through brands and came across this. Does anyone think this would work, or is it just a gimmick?

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I'm not even sure if I understand the concept.

There are also the classic cylindrical ones, and then corner ones. Any difference in performance?

Also, should I use one rated for 10 gallons, or should I use a higher rated one? I'm trying to keep as much tank space as possible.
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post #2 of 25 Old 04-30-2013, 07:54 PM
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that would work, a filter or sponge is just a spot where water is forced through the bac. most of your bb live on surfaces inside the aquarium like your substrate and décor. I would just get a sponge for a apprapiately sized HOB and attach a tube to it then a airstone. boom insta sponge filter to fit your tank.
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post #3 of 25 Old 04-30-2013, 08:17 PM
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sponge is a sponge, like Mitch said, push water through it and it filters the water. You're going to have plants and only one fish and maybe some shrimp so you don't even need any bio stuff... not that most of it really does much more than a sponge anyway.

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My main worry is that the sand I'm going to use is so light that it can get really cloudy really fast and I'm not sure if sponge filters are the best at clearing water.

Then again I suppose it's the wool and sponges in a canister that pull those particles out of the water column....
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My main worry is that the sand I'm going to use is so light that it can get really cloudy really fast and I'm not sure if sponge filters are the best at clearing water.

Then again I suppose it's the wool and sponges in a canister that pull those particles out of the water column....
You would be surprised at how much/how fast a sponge filter can clean the water of stuff. I use a sponge filter on both my 5 and 10 gallon. A sponge is a sponge like others have said but I personally like the Elite sponge filters. Through in my 5 gallon I just have an air stone in the sponge cause of me havering a Saul and single housing and only having 2 sponges when I am suppose to have 3. LoL
The point is that by shoving the air stone in the sponge it still works like the one in my 10 gallon that's on a housing.

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The little corner filter linked in post #1 is OK, but I would myself prefer just a sponge. I use the Hagen Elite sponges, someone mentioned them, a single in my 10g and dual in my 20g and 29g tanks. And as someone said, they keep the water sparkling clear. Air pumps can be a bit noisy, unless you buy a good quiet one, if that matters; but as a filter, nothing much beats a sponge.

The Hagen Elite take up very little space. Here's a photo.
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Does the single just lay on the sand? Or can you place it anywhere?
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Does the single just lay on the sand? Or can you place it anywhere?
The single makes the "L" shape and there's no changing that but you can change the direction of the sponge so that you can place it on any wall of the aquarium. Now for it laying on the sand that's going to depend on the height of the tank and the depth of your sand.

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I'd stick it low on the glass. You can get a very good / quiet air pump at a very reasonable price. A model suitable for a 10 gallon would probably run under $10. We purchased a Millionaire for my son's glofish tank and it is very quiet. We paid around $7 through Petmountain.com.

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Does the single just lay on the sand? Or can you place it anywhere?
Boredomb answered, but I'll just add that the single will work in a 10g height (whatever that is), with the lift tube fully compressed. It can be extended to lengthen the tube for a deeper tank. In my 10g I had this stuck on the left rear wall with the sponge horizontal to the substrate, and I placed a chunk of wood in front which hid the sponge but doesn't impede water flow.

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