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post #1 of 15 Old 11-15-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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What type of filter to use on a 40b?

I got a 40 gallon breeder tank the other day. I am trying to figure out the best options for a filter. Also something not expensive as I don't have a lot of money right now. I would love a canister for it just don't have the money. So I was thinking about getting a Hyrdo-sponge 3 for it and attaching it to a powerhead (which I already have anyways). This tank is going to hold 4 DPs and some shrimp in it also going to be well planted. I do have some HOB filters. One that I got with the tank. Its just massive and is for a 55 gallon. I also have a Aquaclear 30 (I think is the model) that I could use. Think I just like the idea of having a sponge with shrimp in the tank. Any thoughts?
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I got a 40 gallon breeder tank the other day. I am trying to figure out the best options for a filter. Also something not expensive as I don't have a lot of money right now. I would love a canister for it just don't have the money. So I was thinking about getting a Hyrdo-sponge 3 for it and attaching it to a powerhead (which I already have anyways). This tank is going to hold 4 DPs and some shrimp in it also going to be well planted. I do have some HOB filters. One that I got with the tank. Its just massive and is for a 55 gallon. I also have a Aquaclear 30 (I think is the model) that I could use. Think I just like the idea of having a sponge with shrimp in the tank. Any thoughts?
im setting up a 40b right now as well.

im going with two sponge filters in the corners. i also have 2 penguin 350 HOB filters but i think i am going to go with the sponge filters because the water fall effect is not to my liking.
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I got a 40 gallon breeder tank the other day. I am trying to figure out the best options for a filter. Also something not expensive as I don't have a lot of money right now. I would love a canister for it just don't have the money. So I was thinking about getting a Hyrdo-sponge 3 for it and attaching it to a powerhead (which I already have anyways). This tank is going to hold 4 DPs and some shrimp in it also going to be well planted. I do have some HOB filters. One that I got with the tank. Its just massive and is for a 55 gallon. I also have a Aquaclear 30 (I think is the model) that I could use. Think I just like the idea of having a sponge with shrimp in the tank. Any thoughts?
Sponge filter's provide large surface area for biological filtration but can be wanting in the mechanical filtration in my expierience.
Could place prefilter sponge over intake of the aquaclear, and keep water level high to reduce surface agitation?.
With low bioload, puffer's? and shrimp, the sponge filter with powerhead could work.,

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 09:16 AM
Since you already have it, why not use the AquaClear with just sponge and filter floss inside?....a HOB sponge filter. Seems to me there's not much sense in having an ugly sponge inside the tank when you can easily do it outside. The AC w/sponges makes for an excellent mechanical filter, with all the added sponge bio-capability. And since you already have it, you don't need to spend any money

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post #5 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 11:45 AM
i would go with just a submersable pump attached to the sponge. I assume Its going to be planted and the plants will appreciate less surface agitaition.
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i would go with just a submersable pump attached to the sponge. I assume Its going to be planted and the plants will appreciate less surface agitaition.
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I use a water bottle baffle on my AC70's so there is very little surface agitation and it cost nothing to make

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I have tried the water bottle baffle and it was kinda a hassle. I think I am going to use the sponge with a power head (which is submersible).
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I use an AC70 with a sponge filter hooked to an air pump.

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I use an AC70 with a sponge filter hooked to an air pump.
Is this on a 40b? That seems like a lot of filtration.
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