09-23-2012, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by pittipuppylove
I have an AquaClear 20 running in my 10gal guppy tank and I really like it. Even with the adjustable flow turned up all the way, the guppies still seem to have no problem, although I typically have it set to about half-power. The only modification I've done is to place a piece of pantyhose around the intake to keep my ghost shrimp from being sucked in.
My more recently set up 5.5gal betta tank has a Marina s10 Slim filter, and it so far seems to be doing a stellar job. It's thin (likely how they got the "slim" part
) and since the actual motor is submerged, it is virtually silent. I also had it running (in addition to the AquaClear) in my 10gal for awhile prior to setting up the 5.5gal to seed the filter media with bacteria, and the guppies didn't seem to mind it either. The s10 comes with a sponge to cover the intake. It also has an adjustable flow, which at the lowest setting is just a trickle (to the extent my dad actually thought it wasn't working). At it's highest still isn't bad at all - a tad too much for my betta, but I honestly don't think it'd bug the guppies much. As I'm fond of having a filter that's rated for a tank larger than what I'm putting it in, I'd personally go with the s15 or s20.
Hope this helps!
I've got an aqueon quite flow 10 in there right now. I might try keeping it in there and using panty hose over the intake, then I wouldn't have to worry about cycling the tank since I've had the goldfish in it for several months. I could use the under gravel filter for the fry tank. Thanks for the suggestion.