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post #1 of 6 Old 05-09-2008, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
Filter for 5g?

I have my work tank that's a 5g Eclipse. We've discussed before that they filter on it is junk. I'm going to bring to hood home and take the Eclipse filter out and get another power filter. Would a filter with 20gph really be too high of a flow for the 5 gallon? Does anyone have a smaller tank with a differant filter than the Eclopse?

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-09-2008, 12:44 PM
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Instead of getting rid of it, you could just add more filtration. You could try an undergravel filter, a DIY sponge filter, or both.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-09-2008, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
It won't work since it's a 5g hex. It's too small to put anything inside of it and they don't make an underground small enough to fit. Thanks for the imput though!!

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-09-2008, 01:49 PM
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Hmm a 5g hex does have a pretty small footprint. You could still try a DIY sponge filter...

Just take an UGF tube, poke a bunch of holes in it along maybe the bottom 3" or 4" of the tube, get a piece of open cell foam from a craft store and cut it so it will fit in the corner of your hex, poke a hole through it so the tube will fit inside, seal the end of the tube with a rock or marble and some silicone or hot glue, stick the thing in the tank and put an air line with an air stone down in it. It won't be very powerful as a mechanical filter, but it provides a nice bacteria colony for biological filtration. Plus, you can shape the sponge to be the most space-friendly for any aquarium shape.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-11-2008, 11:55 AM
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I would say a sponge filter for sure - that's what I have in my 5 gallon hex. I couldn't use the built in filter because I have a betta and it was too much current. I bought one from Lee's (called a dual action foam filter, cost about five bucks).

Since you've already got one filter though you could cut it down to make it smaller, or make your own, and use fake plants or other decorations to hide it from view since it isn't that attractive - that's what I did.

If you are looking for a totally new filter, I've heard good things about Tetra Whisper filters for small tanks.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-11-2008, 05:45 PM
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20 gph definitely isn't too much for a 5 gallon tank, unless you have a fish that really likes slow water.

A tank being filtered 4 times over in an hour is pretty much the minimum filtration you would want in any tank.
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