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Old 02-19-2013, 12:17 PM   #71 
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So sponge filters really make alot less current than HOBs, huh?
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #72 
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It's not even a contest. Sponge filters, especially with the air control valve, make a lot less water disturbance.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:22 PM   #73 
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Could I just have a longer airline tube instead?
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #74 
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You could, just have to play with it a bit to determine the right length to get the air flow you want.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #75 
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Why don't you want to use a valve? I use them on most of my sponge filters as I have fry in tanks and I can get the flow down to only 1-2 bubbles a second.

It sounds like it is going to be more effort to try and get the flow down by just extending the airline tubing. You could use an air pump that is underrated for the size sponge filter/tank but this could end up burning it out.

Valves are like 40c here and easy as to put in.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #76 
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Those Fluval pre filters are terrific for HOBs. They not only do they prevent getting sucked up but catch a ton of muck before it hits the HOB and are just gummy with bb. I have one on every HOB I have left. Sponge filters are vastly under used by betta keepers imo. So simple cheap and easy to clean. In my opinion they offer better mechanical filtration and last a very long time.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #77 
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Sponge filters are vastly under used by betta keepers imo. So simple cheap and easy to clean. In my opinion they offer better mechanical filtration and last a very long time.
Exactly the reason I started all this. Since, for whatever reason, sponge filters are not sold in most larger fish stores, I figured that there was a lack of information out there so people could make informed choices, especially with Bettas!
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #78 
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I do want to use a valve, I was just asking
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:51 PM   #79 
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What would be the best sponge for a 2.5 gal?
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Why don't you want to use a valve? I use them on most of my sponge filters as I have fry in tanks and I can get the flow down to only 1-2 bubbles a second.
Ah! This reminds me of a question I had ages ago but forgot to ask! How does the flow of bubbles affect filtration? Are more bubbles better, or is it just a matter of preference? I'm still fairly clueless on this particular topic and hanging on every word in this thread pretty much. Learning is good, heh. ^.^
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