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KendraMc 09-21-2011 02:46 PM

recommend small filter
 
i'm looking into setting up a qt/hospital tank tonight and am wondering what kind of filter people recommend (looking brand/model as much/more than style). i'm planning on a rather small one (unless someone convinces me otherwise), so i shouldn't need much.

thanks.

ChrisK 09-21-2011 02:50 PM

What size tank? If a ten gallon I would shoot for a aqua clear 30 its adjustable from ten to thirty gallons keeps the water really clean and clear but it is around 30 bucks definitely worth the money though

KendraMc 09-21-2011 02:51 PM

i'm thinking smaller than that at the moment, i want it (at the moment) for a swordtail and will plan on replacing it when i have more fish/more space/bigger fish.

DKRST 09-21-2011 03:02 PM

I use a planted 10 gallon with a hydro-sponge II filter. The Rena air pump's a pain since I don't care for the noise, but the smallest powerhead I have found (aquaclear 20, rated for 5-20 gallons) puts out too much flow for a QT tank. For sick and new fish, I prefer a very, very, gentle water flow. I keep the QT tank stocked with snails, plant trimmings, and a couple of deformed guppies (too soft-hearted to cull them) to keep the tank cycled and ready for new fish!

k19smith 09-21-2011 06:32 PM

I second the sponge idea, great filters and really cheap. Plus you can just run it on another tank in till you need it. Kensfish has the hydro sponges for around $5, then all you need is an air pump which you can also pick up cheap.

DKRST 09-22-2011 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by k19smith (Post 835063)
I second the sponge idea, great filters and really cheap. Plus you can just run it on another tank in till you need it. Kensfish has the hydro sponges for around $5, then all you need is an air pump which you can also pick up cheap.

Just remember to thoroughly disinfect the sponge before moving it back to a main tank, especially if your QT tank had any issues!

I forgot that once (won't make that "oops" again) :oops:!


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