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post #51 of 53 Old 05-23-2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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i went to Petco and PetSmart today, and couldn't find any sponge filters. the people at Petco had no idea what i was talking about, and i never asked anyone at PetSmart. where do you guys purchase your sponge filters?

i've watched a few videos on how to do it yourself, maybe i'll try that.
Just order it online:

Foam Aquarium Biological Filters: Oxygen Plus Bio-Filter 3 & 5
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post #52 of 53 Old 06-08-2011, 07:59 PM
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so i ordered two of the sponge filters from that site, and got them in the mail today. the ones i got were the Oxygen Plus Biofilter 2, and the Oxygen Plus Biofilter 3.

i want to put the dual sponge filter in my 29 gallon, which i already did, and i want to put the smaller sponge filter in one of my 10 gallons. this is the first time dealing with sponge filters, and i have a few questions on setting it up correctly. so far, i only have 1 air pump. it was Petco brand, and was only like $11.99, and i wanna say it was recommended for either for a 10 or a 13 gallon.

what type/size air pumps should i use for each tank?

and also what position in the tank is ideal for it to be placed?

and water is shooting out of the top part. if i leave it under water, it causes alot of surface agitation. right now i have it set so that it's just barely sticking out of the water. how should the output spout be positioned.

and also that petco air pump is the first i've ever had. is there a way to adjust the air flow?


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so i ordered two of the sponge filters from that site, and got them in the mail today. the ones i got were the Oxygen Plus Biofilter 2, and the Oxygen Plus Biofilter 3.

i want to put the dual sponge filter in my 29 gallon, which i already did, and i want to put the smaller sponge filter in one of my 10 gallons. this is the first time dealing with sponge filters, and i have a few questions on setting it up correctly. so far, i only have 1 air pump. it was Petco brand, and was only like $11.99, and i wanna say it was recommended for either for a 10 or a 13 gallon.

what type/size air pumps should i use for each tank?

and also what position in the tank is ideal for it to be placed?

and water is shooting out of the top part. if i leave it under water, it causes alot of surface agitation. right now i have it set so that it's just barely sticking out of the water. how should the output spout be positioned.

and also that petco air pump is the first i've ever had. is there a way to adjust the air flow?
I have the return just at or above the surface. This creates a bit of surface movement that will not be too much but it helps keep the protein scum from forming. The sponge should be down in the tank, but off the substrate.

If you have two tanks, a sponge in each, one air pump is more economical to run. You will need a valve for the two airlines. Pumps usually output air at max, and with the valves you can adjust each filter. It is the number of airstones/sponge filters that matters, not tank size. The pump you have may be adequate, or you may need a larger one.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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