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Old 04-11-2013, 03:25 PM   #1 
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Question Suggestion for easy, off the shelve filter?

I am thinking to put together a glass tank that's about 2-5 gallon, and buy filter, heater, lights seperately. I will only have 1 betta fish and 1 live plant in the tank, with some gravels.

I am not looking into modding or making my own filter... I just want to get something that's easy to maintain and works well with betta...

I had a Fluval Spec II before and the flow is too strong, but doesn't seem like filtering much... I am a bit skeptic about the design... I could be wrong... but I'd like to try something different...

Suggestions please?

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Old 04-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #2 
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Hydro Sponge Filter I is what I would use
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:39 PM   #3 
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I prefer my sponge filter from AngelsPlus (www.angelsplus.com). You can order active sponges or plain ones. The active sponges may have some snails that take a free ride, however.

I am not affiliated with them, just a happy customer.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:49 PM   #4 
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Azoo Palm. Totally silent.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #5 
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I prefer my sponge filter from AngelsPlus (www.angelsplus.com). You can order active sponges or plain ones. The active sponges may have some snails that take a free ride, however.

I am not affiliated with them, just a happy customer.
Wow never saw a pretty cycled filer for sale before. Will keep them in mind down the road
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #6 
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But I have heard good reviews on the aqueon 10 and I have the tetra 10i an like it
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:23 AM   #7 
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bio-Sponge-F...item3a74e6231e

Sponge filters are easy to set up, easy to clean, work great.

Click the link in my signature to read more about them!
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:44 AM   #8 
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Yeah - sponge filter would be the easiest on the betta and cheapest to maintain in the long run. However if you want a HOB -try the Tetra 10i filter. it dosen't actually hang on the back, the whole thing goes into the tank. it's pretty quiet but you may need to do something to reduce the current from the outflow. I stuck a bunch of silk plants infront of the filter and stuck a peice of foam where the water flows out. Aqueon 10 is good too but I think the current produced would be too much for a 5G unless you baffle it. Again, I stuc foam at the outflow for mine. and put a oversized plant in front of it.

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I have read the thread in Waterdog's signature, it says that the sponge filter is not for removing waste, but rather for building up bacteria... What about the removing waste part? I think that's what I am concern of... to keep water clean...
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #10 
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I have read the thread in Waterdog's signature, it says that the sponge filter is not for removing waste, but rather for building up bacteria... What about the removing waste part? I think that's what I am concern of... to keep water clean...
What I was saying is, it won't filter out heavy waste as fast as a powerhead. It will collect dirt. Just leave it in the tank for 3 weeks then squeeze it out in some used tank water and watch the junk that comes out of it! With once a week water changes your actually going to have better quality water!
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