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Old 01-27-2012, 09:47 AM   #11
 
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congrats!!!
Thanks! We are literally playing the waiting game now. This will be our second. We have a 2.5yr old girl who is very excited to be a big sister.

GwenInNM, a sponge over the intake might work but would probably be pretty bulky, the filter already takes up a decent amount of the tank. Even then the flow is probably going to be too much for shrimp IMO.

If you are planning on putting some plants in there I would consider a sponge filter. I went with an ebay version of the hagen elite sponge so it has the lift tube with angled exhaust. I didn't want the hydor as it sits on the substrate and the regular hagen only puts the sponge horizontally, this one runs the single sponge vertically and fits (by eyeballing it lol) perfectly in one of the rounded sides. Was only $4 shipped. Took a couple weeks though as it came from Japan. It is not the same quality sponge or plastic tubes as the Hagens I have at home (have both a double and a single) but it gets the job done. I ran it in my 10g with the hagen for a week to test it out and it worked great. Had to cut the clear tube at an angle as they put the air hole in a weird spot. I can take photos' and further elaborate if you choose to get one of those.

Here is the one I got: Oxygen Aquarium Fish Tank Biochemical Sponge Bio-Filter | eBay

I just found this for about the same price and includes shipping from within the US, two sizes to pick from. Wish I would of found this first as the small one would be perfect in these tanks.Bio Sponge Filter Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Single Sponge XY-2830/2821 | eBay
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:46 PM   #12
 
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A quick side note about generic sponge filters...

Initially I used ALL air filters on everything but my 110g. my smaller tanks and breeding tanks had lee's air powered box filters, but I used a sponge filter on my 10g sword breeder, my 55g and my 20 long. The 10g filter never had an issue, and the nice hydro-sponge pro IV was flawless. The problem was the cheap smaller one I used on my 20 long. It had an integral diffuser at the base which eliminated the need for an air stone, however being a well stocked planted tank I was and am from time to time fighting diatom build up. The diatoms would collect in the diffuser and partially block the air flow, causing the air to bubble up from around the base. The only solution was to physically remove, disassemble, and clean the diffuser every 1 or 2 days! not even glue would stop the air leak!

it was a headache to say the least. If you arent going to get a hydro-sponge, I would recommend doing your homework on the specific one you wish to purchase to make sure it can be used with a traditional air stone, but thats just my $0.02
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