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post #1 of 11 Old 02-26-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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sponge filters in a discus tank

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I will be establishing a new discus tank in the near future, and the thought occurred to me to use several sponge filters and possibly a power head for circulation in the tank (55 gallon). I was wondering if anyone thinks this may be a good or bad idea and why?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-26-2009, 07:51 PM
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will this be your only form of filtration?
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-26-2009, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I would like it to be the only form of filtration. I know there are sponge filters out there that treat very large tanks, and I figure I'll be doing water changes twice a week anyways.

Edit: I'll probably use a power head with a surface skimmer as well.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-26-2009, 11:10 PM
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that will not provide any mecanical filtration to the tank, and not much bio filtration. youre better off going with a HOB powerfilter. kahala pets has a sale on aquaclears. you should go pick up an AC110 for your 55
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-27-2009, 01:57 AM
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I'm looking for equipment for a new 55 too, is kahala pets a website??
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-27-2009, 02:19 AM
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kahala pets is a LFS in hawaii, where i assume the OP is from given here greeting the first post.

however you can fiind aqua clear filters online. drfostersmith has them, but you probably will find a better price on ebay. i personally suggest a ac110. i have used many power filters over the years, and ime theyre the best on the market for mech and bio filtration.
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Actually ,, sponge filters provide considerable biological filtration and a fair amount of mechanical filtration as well. Many who breed and raise discus use sponge filters and may or may not also use hang on the back filter. I use two HYDRO V sponge filters on 80 gal Discus tank. Each sponge is rated for 125 gal. The air pump that powers the sponge filters is rated for 60 gal to 100 gal. I also have one EMPEROR400 filter by marineland with no media (cartridges, charcoal) which provides only circulation on the tank.Many Discus breeders use ONLY sponge filters in their tanks. If using two,, You will want to alternate cleaning them whi8ch can be done by simply squeezing them out gently in old aquarium water that you take out during water changes. Squeeze one out one week, and the other the following week.If sponges are properly sized for the tank, they provide just as much biological filtration as any hang on the back filter and some canister filters. I also run two HYDRO IV sponge filters each one, rated for 80 gal on a 75 gal tank with one emperor 400 with no media for circulation.Sponge filters need to be cleaned as described regularly to keep them from clogging.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-27-2009, 11:06 AM
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Thanks for the info, I'm currently debating between the marineland penguin and the aqua clear, about the same price, I have good luck with my current penguin. Do you guys prefer one over the other??
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I'm afraid I'm partial to the Emperor 400.

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Thanks for the info, I'm currently debating between the marineland penguin and the aqua clear, about the same price, I have good luck with my current penguin. Do you guys prefer one over the other??

ive been doing this since the early 90s. ive used MANY filters over the years, and for the money and quality it doesnt get better then the aquaclear110. granted, a canister would be even better, but as far as HOB filters go, the ac110 is absolutely better.
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