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post #1 of 3 Old 11-30-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
Sponge filter power/flow

Okay just got my Hagen Elite double sponge filter today. This is my first experience with using a sponge filter. I am running it with a Marina 100 (formerly Elite 801). It is in my 30 gallon (36x12x16). I have it in the back right corner on the short wall. I have the air pump going into a 3way gang valve. One to the check valve and filter, one to an air stone that is just hanging and the 3rd is closed.

My question is....how do I know what the right balance is? I have been messing with it all night. Currently I have the air stone completely closed just to get some of the cloudiness out. There are no fish/plants in the tank yet (some plants will be here tomorrow!). Also how close to the surface should the output be?

Thanks for the help!

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-01-2011, 02:54 PM
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You will just need a constant flow of air bubbles for the sponge filter to work not much need for more then just a constant flow. As for height I would keep it low as possible to help circulate the water.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-01-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Thanks Zof!

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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