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Old 01-11-2010, 04:39 PM   #1 
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Filter Debate

I've got a 5 gallon tank that came without a filter and there really isn't a good way of adding one. The hood doesn't permit for me to use one of the filters that hangs onto the back lip of the aquarium.

Do I need to have a filter in the tank? Is there one that I can use?
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:45 PM   #2 
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You know what, it's probably for the better cause you can just put a sponge filter in. The only thing you will have to fit through the hood is the airline, which is thin and flexible.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:53 PM   #3 
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That's what I was thinking... but the air pump is a heck of a lot noisier than the other filters I use... and these tanks are in my room where I sleep!
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:59 PM   #4 
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Look into getting a Fusion air pump. They sell them at my LFS and apparently they are so quiet some owners wonder whether they are working or not!!!
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Thanks for the tip! I'll keep an eye out!
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:07 PM   #6 
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Problem: What sort of sponge filter do I use? I got a Smallworld filter, but the air seems to go right through it pretty uselessly and the bubbles make a bit of a racket. I think if they were finer they wouldn't make so much noise... but what sort of filter do I use with the air pump system? >_<
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:30 PM   #7 
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Try using a gang valve to slow the flowdown? Mine was really bubbly too when I ran it full steam but once I turned the airflow down withe a gang valve it worked fine. That was with the Hagen Elite sponge filter. It may also be noted that box filters are the same thing, only stuffed with filter floss instead of sponge.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:02 PM   #8 
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Genius!

I just realized that the air pump I got came with one of the valves. Once I put it on and adjusted it, I got the filter to where it's not quite so forceful and noisy. Much better!

Thanks for all of your help. I'm sure my betta will be quite at home.
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