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Old 04-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #131 
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I don't mind the sponge being big but I am a little concerned that the tube thing will be too tall (have that issue with the one in my 20G). So I am thinking maybe these would be better?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6x-XY-2835-M...item53f4ea77e2

2 of those would be sufficent for a 10g?
Filter Size: 2-1/8" X 2-3/4" (D*H)

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Do you know if there is a way to get a shorter lift tube? or is it easier to get a smaller filter?

Smaller filter for sure. You could always cut the lift tube, but the problem with that is you reduce the amount of updraft therefore reducing the amount of water drawn through the sponge!
I should get a smaller filter but I would hate for this one to go to waste.

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #132 
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Waterdog, I posted a question about filters a while back and I just wanted you to know I followed your advice about getting a sponge filter. I'm really happy with it, thanks for the great tip! =] No more torn fins and the water is just as clear, he even plays in the bubble stream coming from the top. =D
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #133 
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I am so glad to hear it Bluelily! I hope that I am helping a few people enjoy their pets a little more. Makes me feel good to help!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #134 
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I see we have a whole new group of keepers joining the forum. I hope you find this thread helpful. I try to answer all questions as soon as possible!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #135 
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this thread was such a huge help to me when i was new and switching my filters around. this is good stuff waterdog :)
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:18 PM   #136 
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Great info. I often wondered how the sponge filter worked.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #137 
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Thank you everyone!!!! Makes me feel good to know I helped!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #138 
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This needs to be stickied!!!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:42 PM   #139 
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What would you say is the minimum length the lift tube needs to be?
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What would you say is the minimum length the lift tube needs to be?
That really depends on how big the sponge is. The thicker the sponge, the more lift you need to create enough vacum to draw water through the sponge. For small sponges (like a 5 gallon) I would say 2 1/2 to 3 inches. I have a commercial made 20 gallon sponge in my 40 gallon goldfish tank (creating more BB in addition to the HOB. Goldfish produce a lot of waste) that has a 4 1/2 inch tube.
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