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Old 02-08-2016, 01:54 AM   #1 
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Sponge Filters

I've heard sponge filters are good for bettas and I mentioned it to my husband and he wants me to get more info on it so maybe we can do that for our new 10 gallon. So:

1. What do I need and where's the cheapest place to get it?
2. How do I go about cycling my tank with it?

This will be going into a brand new uncycled 10 gallon. I plan to use Tetra Safe Start. I know nothing about these so any information you have will help!
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:44 AM   #2 
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Would this filter

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Plus a whisper 10 pump, check valve, and tubing be fine for a 10 gallon? I read in the reviews this filter brand is softer than others for betta fins.
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:22 AM   #3 
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Perfect.

You might also consider a Mini ball valve so you can regulate the air flow in case its too strong.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=8017

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Old 02-08-2016, 08:05 AM   #4 
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I am partial to this filter:

http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquariu...E3VHJFSBAKAZFJ

I like that it has two sponges, I rinse one in old tank water each week and leave the other one alone. I've had it in my 10 gallon for well over a year, and it's still working great.

A gang valve is a good idea to regulate the air flow in case you need to turn it down.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:56 AM   #5 
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When I was considering sponge filters, I ended up choosing these intank corner filters instead. I like that you can put whatever filter media you want in them. I am stuffing mine with SeaChem Matrix, SeaChem Purigen, sponge, and floss. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o00_s00

These hook up to air pumps the same way, and contain airstones. Also +1 to a gang valve, also consider a no-return check valve. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._detailpages01
All the parts for that project get here today/tomorrow, so I can't tell you that it's better for sure, but something to consider. :)

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Old 02-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #6 
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This is a sponge filter with a spray bar and its own pump. I have them in varying sizes in all of my tanks and have been very happy. The main attraction, for me, is the spray bar. It allows the tank to have necessary current/surface agitation but doesn't knock a Betta all over the tank if you turn the spray bar to the tank wall. You can cut the sponge and add other media if you wish.

http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-inte...er-if-203.html
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