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Old 03-14-2014, 08:23 PM   #1 
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Quick Sponge Filter Question

I just set up a sponge filter in my tank and it's the first time I've used one. Right now, it's floating, and I was just wondering if I need to find something to anchor it or if it's just a matter of waiting until the sponge is fully saturated? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:32 AM   #2 
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They work better if they're upright on the bottom. You might put some gravel in there to weight it down. Eventually the sponge will fill with nitrifying bacteria. This will help hold it down.

Out of curiosity, what brand and model of filter is it?
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #3 
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The brand is Jardin. Here's the link > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's staying at the bottom now, if a bit unstable. I have the colored marbles (or gems, stones, whatever they're called) instead of gravel, so I'm not sure they would stay on it to hold it down. I'm running out to PetSmart today so I could buy a small thing of gravel for it then.
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That's a good little filter. I didn't know they weren't weighted. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:44 AM   #5 
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Well, it has a hard base on it, I guess it's just not enough to keep the sponge down. I should mention I didn't let it float at the top of the tank all night, I taped the tube to the tank so it forced the sponge to the bottom of the tank. And you're welcome, thanks for the info about the gravel.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #6 
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Sounds like maybe the sponge is full of trapped air. Did you squeeze all the air out of it while holding it under the water surface? I have several of this brand and I never have problems getting them to sit where I put them.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #7 
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Yeah you need to squeeze the air out of them first to get them to sink. I never realised this when I first started using them and had the same problem with them floating around.

Just give the sponge a squeeze until bubbles stop coming out, and it should stay at the bottom of the tank.
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That makes sense, thanks guys!
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Did it solve the issue? Curious minds want to know!
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:39 PM   #10 
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Yes I can attest that some, mine in particular, sink a lot better when you squeeze all the air out first. I belly ached on a thread here about my floating sponge filter, but then once I squeezed it a couple of times and it sank....I had to say to myself, you dummy. LOL
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