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Old 08-18-2013, 10:52 AM   #151 
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Probably not. But I'd bet you'd have clearer water with the HOB running. You don't need it for bacteria purposes.
Someone said I needed the hob for the plants. But I really don't want to get another filter...not cause of the cost, just because I prefer the sponge and I think there's good water movement. Especially if I remove the tube coming out the top.

I guess I just want some affirmation that I'm not killing my plants by being stubborn lol.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #152 
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Plants don't really care about filters. As long as your lights are the right color temperature (Kelvin) with the right wattage and photoperiod, they'll flourish. Ferts are also important but, imo, less so.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:01 PM   #153 
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #154 
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So I got the smallest kits of the hydro sponge filters and the lifts are too tall for my tanks! (6.5 long and a 10 gal), I have to have them tilted for the tubes to be under water at all. Is there anything besides new filters I can do, like trimming the tubes (not sure how even)? It doesn't make sense, these are what they are rated for, I understand the smaller tank a bit because it's a strange shape, but the regular 10 gal?
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:11 AM   #155 
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The smallest Hydro (the "mini") fits in a standard 5g with a half-inch to spare. You may have a larger version; the mini's foam sits 1/4 in, above the bottom.

The riser tube is cheap acrylic. You can cut it with a hot knife blade orsoldering iron (ventilate). You can hack-saw it by wrapping the tube in a layer of masking tape over the place to be cut. Mark the cut. Saw it round and round til it cuts through. Clean up the cut (carefully) with a sharp knife. Plug that end into the filter. Cut it off at least an inch below the surface. The longer the tube, the stronger the flow.

The Hyro allows the use of an airstone. This provides more flow and less surface disturbance. The directions are somewhere on this thread, or you can ask again.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:03 AM   #156 
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i still say this needs to be stickied
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