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G'day all.

Basically my mum who lives interstate wants me to come up & help set up a small tank for her. Heavily planted with possibly guppies & shrimp.

I'll have to teach her everything from scratch from cycling, water conditions, benefits of plants, filter maintenance to acclimatising fish/shrimp.

My main concern is what type of filter to use that will be easy for her to maintain?

A HOB filter would be ideal but I know cleaning the impeller may be a daunting task for someone in her mid-60's worried about electrical appliances (that spin!) & water.

My gut feeling says an under gravel filter would be ideal.
However I'm not too sure how affective it will be under possibly 2 inches of gravel,plants, driftwood & rocks?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Basically it's going to be a beginner tank to learn from...
 

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Personally, I think sponge filters with air pumps are perfect. My cleanest water quality have always included sponge filters and live plants. I buy the sponge filters off Amazon because none of the pet stores around me sell them.
 

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Personally, I think sponge filters with air pumps are perfect.

I actually did consider the sponge filter option as I use them also.

I guess I took them out of the option as I'm imagining a small size tank & didn't want the sponge filter to take up room or be an "eyesore".

However I am leaning to possibly both an under gravel filter & sponge filter also...al least both can run off an air pump together.
 

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There are some small canister filters that basically only need sponges. Aquaclear HOB have an easy lift tray for maintenance. Sponge filter of course is the easiest, but it does take up space. Undergravel filters can clog and if you're heavily planting, I wouldn't use one. If you just keep shrimp, you could do a no filter tank with just an airstone.
 

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There are some small canister filters that basically only need sponges. Aquaclear HOB have an easy lift tray for maintenance.
It's not so much the sponge part but more taking the powerhead apart to clean the impeller if/when it gets impacted.

I'm just worried my mom won't understand how to take them apart much less put them back together again...
 

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I have a bio wheel filter but the piece that goes in the fish tank is sucking my fish to it and killing them what do I do about this any ideas
 

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Filter killing my fish

I have a bio wheel filter but the piece that goes in the fish tank is sucking my fish to it and killing them what do I do about this any ideas
 
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