Just recently my mom picked up a Regent 5 Gallon Hex Aquarium
at a second-hand store for me to take with me when I go back to college. I'm intending on keeping a betta in it (exact variant I'm not sure yet. I saw a beautiful
blue double crowntail that I would have bought on the spot if the tank was ready, but unfortunately it is not), and that's likely it.
However, while the tank did come with a full hood and light setup, it did not include a heater or a filter, so I've been shopping around for both to see what's available that would work with the Regent hex. With how the hood is set up, it doesn't seem like it's possible to attach a typical filter (though I may just not be knowledgeable enough to know of a type that would work). I'm including a picture of the top in an attachment.
While doing price comparisons at a couple different stores for the planted setup I'm doing in my 29 gallon (which I'm also intending on going planted in this tank), I came across the Tetra Whisper 10i internal power filter
, which looks like it will work well with my hood seeing it actually goes inside the aquarium.
Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm planning on getting it in conjunction with the Tetra HT10 heater
I found, but I was unsure about how safe internal power filters are for fish in general, let alone bettas.
I'm also wondering about the current. Does anyone know how strong it is exactly?
Also, a bit off topic I suppose, but the Regent hex is also a plastic/acrylic aquarium. I was hearing rumours about how such materials poison the fish after a while, but is there any truth to them?