06-28-2010, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by 1077
I use the Hydro IV sponge filters in addition to Emperor filters on my large tanks, and smaller sponge filters on smaller tanks.
They provide extra aeration, some mechanical filtration,and hold tons of beneficial bacteria.
Some folks don't like them for aesthetic reasons, and they would be detrimental with regards to planted tanks by driving off CO2.
When I need to set up a new tank, or start a quarantine tank, i just use one of the sponge filters from my tank and this provides all the biological filtration needed to make the tanks safe for fish. Hope this helps.
Thanks so much, this is exactly what I was looking for. This is what I found online, does this sound like a decent price? Filter Kit #5C (For 40-60 Gallon Aquariums).
Includes: Via Aqua 480 Pump, Hydro Sponge 5 PRO Filter (higher flow rates!), and Jungle Start Right Water Conditioner.ONLY $24.99
Is this the filter you were referring to? Also, I saw something on that site about stacking the filters. Do you think that is something I should think about doing in a 60 gallon tank, or is the 5 PRO enough?