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Old 12-19-2012, 11:00 PM   #1 
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Aquaclear 20

I have heard so many great things about this filter, but is it gentle enough for a betta when the flow is turned down all the way? And also if there is a lot of sponge in the media box? Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:28 PM   #2 
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I have the AquaClear 30 in my sorority tank, I'm quite happy with it. It's quiet, and as you know adjustable. It's a 3 step filter. Mechanical, Biological, and Chemical based. It's really just sponge, bio-bag, and carbon bags. There seems to be a lot of surface area, which is great. My females don't have long fins, but they like being near the intake. I think the 20 will be gentle enough for your male. Sorry, I only have 1 male with a sponge filter.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #3 
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I have the Aqua Clear 20, but even with the flow turned all the way down I still had to baffle it for my betta. Though, I think for most people, the Aqua Clear 20 is generally fine as is.

As for the sponge, like Lebron said, it comes with a bio bag, a sponge and carbon bag. From what I understand, you can pick and choose what you want so if you're not a fan of the biobag, you can choose two sponges and a carbon bag instead.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:49 PM   #4 
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Would putting a sponge around the intake baffle it?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:54 PM   #5 
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i have the aquaclear 30, and it isnt right for my betta
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:59 PM   #6 
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I heard that if you turn the flow on the Aquaclear 20 all the way down, it is just a trickle.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:07 AM   #7 
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I have an aquaclear 70 and it is to strong for the goldfish. So what I did was i took a block of Aquaclear sponge and stuck it at the outflow. I'm assuming this would also work for the smaller versions as well. You may have to adjust it a bit to get it to fit but it works nicely
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:29 AM   #8 
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It sounds like it is too strong without a special baffle. On a lot of pages online it says that the flow can be turned down to a third of the full flow. Is this the same for all adjustable HOB filters or does it differ? Like do you know of any that go down to half?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:51 AM   #9 
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Okay now I am torn. Please help me decide:

Azoo mignon 150 (not the palm, it's the next size up)
Or
Marina Slim s10

It's for a 5.5 gallon non planted single betta tank.

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:25 AM   #10 
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I have an aquaclear 70 and it is to strong for the goldfish. So what I did was i took a block of Aquaclear sponge and stuck it at the outflow. I'm assuming this would also work for the smaller versions as well. You may have to adjust it a bit to get it to fit but it works nicely
It does, and quite well.
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