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Old 01-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #1 
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Best filter for a 2.5 gallon tank

Hi there,

I have a 2.5 mini bow tank with a HM betta named Giupetto in it. He was sick with a white film which has now cleared up with my treatment of Maracide.

Today I face a new challenge. He got sucked up into my Tetra whisper filter today which he was in for at least 5 hours. He seems ok now. No fin loss and he is swimming around.

I have a prefilter sponge which Im going to put on the intake tonight. However, Im wondering what a better filter would be? I don't want this to happen again. I have other bettas which are in tanks without filters and would like to eventually have them in tanks with filters.

Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #2 
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For a 2.5g you really don't need a filter. I would only put a filter on a 5g or more IMO.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #3 
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Apparently sponge filters are great for small tanks, if you must have a filter. I can't personally vouch for how good they are, as I haven't tried them yet, but there are many on here who can.

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Old 01-21-2013, 08:11 PM   #4 
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best filter for a 2.5? live plants and water changes
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #5 
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I've tried sponge filters, they aren't bad and you could get some small ones off of ebay for pretty cheap (3-4 bucks)... but for a 2.5 gal, personally, I would use a filter. Just make sure you do frequent water changes. Good luck! =]
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #6 
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you can always make your own! they're relatively easy to make and gets the job done :p
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:12 PM   #7 
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If you feel like you need a filter, go with a sponge.
I actually like the filter that comes with mini-bows, I use them in all my mini-bows with and without pre-filter sponge and they work great
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #8 
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Ok guys, I know I don't need a filter but would like one. I find the tetra whisper one to have too much of a current. I also have the elite mini underwater filter and that too has too much of a current. How do I stop the out put of water to be so strong?

My mini bow is old, so I do not have the filter that came with anymore.

Anywhere suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:56 AM   #9 
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:23 AM   #10 
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I'd go on a search for prefilter sponge. If you shove it by the intake, the output will slow down too
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