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post #11 of 23 Old 12-05-2013, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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for a 20 gallon, $30. No more than $50
Oh, alright, I'd be able to afford that much for sure, especially if it's good.


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post #12 of 23 Old 12-05-2013, 10:13 AM
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You could even go cheaper than $30. I think that's how much the AC and mini canister cost.

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post #13 of 23 Old 12-06-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Somebody so recommended a sponge filter, are those any good?


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post #14 of 23 Old 12-07-2013, 03:17 AM
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Sponge filters are good for biofiltration, once they mature,not so good for water circulation.

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post #15 of 23 Old 12-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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For my 20 gallon planted tank, it's current filter is a HOB and I just put in floss instead of carbon. I fill the water up higher to keep the flow from disturbing the plants. I mostly have bottle dwellers living in it, sand substrate, Cory cats, AFD's , mystery snail, otto, and my swimmers are a platty (going to add 2 more when I get the 30 gallon goldfish to a pond) and a molly(who will be moving to the 30)

I was thinking a canister filter? Mine worked for a long time, but it's making horrible noises now and just it's so efficient, plus it's the one that came with the tank. Any recommendations?



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Sponge filters are good for biofiltration, once they mature,not so good for water circulation.
How important is water circulation in this case?


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I think water circulation is very important for oxygen content and exchange of co2. In a 20 gallon you might be ok with a large sponge filter. I like hob for that size tank. Maximum oxygen level is important to support good bacteria.

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I agree, circulation is very important for proper filtration. HOBs aren't all that great with circulation. Better than sponge filters I suppose.

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I think water circulation is very important for oxygen content and exchange of co2. In a 20 gallon you might be ok with a large sponge filter. I like hob for that size tank. Maximum oxygen level is important to support good bacteria.
But the plants provide oxygen in either case, right? And with a power head the water gets sucked into it a little, I heard.


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Power heads definitely improve circulation.

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