Sponge filter for 10 gallons
Anyone use a sponge filter for a small tank that you are happy with and are obtainable online at a good price?
My favourite is the Hagen Elite. I have a single Elite in my 10g, and a dual Elite in each of the 20g and 29g tanks. I also have a Hydro sponge which I did have in the 10g for a few months but I prefer the Elite. I now use the Hydro in the QT.
Below is a photo of the Elite showing the dual on the left and the single on the right. The single is more than adequate in a 10g, and takes up less space.
Sponge filters themselves are noiseless; you can hear the bubbles breaking the surface if the air flow is high of course. The noise comes from the air pump that drives them. I have my tanks in a dedicated fish room so the noise is not a factor, but if the tank is in a room where it would be, you need a quiet air pump [some are, though I have not experimented sufficient to suggest which] or a different type filter.
The filter in the video you posted is a home-made version of a normal internal/external filter, but one also needing the air pump which is where the noise again comes into the picture. This is one option. Another is a simple sponge filter with an enclosed motor-head to replace the need for an air pump. The Fluval "U" series is based on these; the U1 is just a sponge filter and motor, and the U2 and up are like the one in the video except the motor is included.
In my 33g I have an old Eheim model that is just the sponge with a small motor, and I have had this running for years. Not a sound, and reliable. Unfortunately, for some reason Eheim stopped making these. The Fluval U1 is the closest thing I have found to this, but I have not myself tried the Fluval U1 so can't say much about it.
I've been running sponge filters on my 10 gal betta tanks for years now. I'd previously used some home-made ones, but removed those because I didn't feel like I was getting enough flow (now those filters are just QT filters). I just installed the Hydro II sponge filters in my 10 gal tanks; the noise level actually seems to have decreased with them. One important thing with keeping the noise at a minimum is using a gang valve to control the flow of air into the filter. Too much and they'll be rather noisy. Also thought I would add these tanks are in my bedroom.
Thanks for the replies guys!
I have the tanks in my room, but I have one large air pump which I put in teh cellar.. so i really don't hear it.
it runs all 6 of my tanks. I have cube foam block filters i got from angels plus.
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