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sponge filters... air or powerhead?
Old 02-21-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
 
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sponge filters... air or powerhead?

Just curious what you guys with sponge filters use to filter your tanks. I just ordered a new hydro sponge IV for my 55g tank as a second filter.. a powerhead, or an air pump with stone was about the same price so I opted for the air route.

is either better than the other? my 2 10g and 20L filters all use air to save on power consumption, just curious what yalls thought.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:16 AM   #2
 
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Just curious what you guys with sponge filters use to filter your tanks. I just ordered a new hydro sponge IV for my 55g tank as a second filter.. a powerhead, or an air pump with stone was about the same price so I opted for the air route.

is either better than the other? my 2 10g and 20L filters all use air to save on power consumption, just curious what yalls thought.
With fish that like a little current, I use powerhead. Otherwise I use air.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
 
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I use both set ups (but bare in mind I'd set it up as soul filter not as 2nd filter like you do there) for smaller tanks I use sponge with air. For anything 25g and up I use sponge & power-heads; remember the Hamburger Mattenfilter I once told you to check out for your new set ups; that's what I do for larger tanks which is nothing other then a larger sponge filter w. power-head
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:13 PM   #4
 
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what about filter floss style air filters? any good or are they truly mechanical only?
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:59 PM   #5
 
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...set it up as soul filter...
I could use one of those....
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
 
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what about filter floss style air filters? any good or are they truly mechanical only?
Do you mean just a pad rapped around a power head type set up? (Not sure my brains can follow too well today I'm sorry).
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #7
 
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no no, the original air style, like lees makes. its just a chamber with an air stone underneath that you add your own media to. im experimenting with different style air filters, i got a few sponge ones, and 1 like this....

Triple-Flow Corner Filter, Medium

my LFS uses dozens of them in all their 10g sales tanks, swears by them, and only uses carbon at the bottom and poly fill. I dont use carbon so I just stuffed it with poly fill. it seems to do a MONSTER job of mech filtration, just wondering what I can expect for biological filtration. i COULD add some ceramic media in there too, but whats the point if the poly fill will work :)
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:07 PM   #8
 
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Alright! Petsoultion has some diff shapes too Corner Filters, Filters | Pet Solutions

Yup you can either DIY them or buy them and its super common to use in multi tank set ups like you seen at your LFS as well. I'd stuff it full with the poly too, pers wouldn't use carbon unless I'm medicating the tank.

So yea that'll work for ya I don't see why not. Its a lil larger scale of the normal sponge filters you'd use in small set ups/ shrimp tanks.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:26 PM   #9
 
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I could use one of those....
LOL^^

I wouldn't use air if it's going to be planted with plants.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:02 AM   #10
 
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beetlebz, I have one of those (a pretty big one actually) laying around, along with something like a 1000 gph pump. I was thinking of rigging it up as some sort of uberfilter in a giant tank some day, haha. But yeah, it should be a pretty decent biological filter as well as mechanical. They're just kinda ugly, is all.
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