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Old 06-18-2010, 10:58 AM   #1 
carolyn
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Filter recommendations for 2.5 - 5 gallons

I'm upgrading from 1 gallon bowls to either 2 2.5 gallons aquariums or a divided 5 gallons aquarium for my 2 boys. I have 2 small Hydor heaters but no filtration.

I would love any recommendations or opinions on brands and specific filters. I am looking at the Tetra whisper 3i in tank filter and the Tom mini internal filter. Are there any others I should consider? Honest opinions welcomed.

I have 2 small pet shops near me, one with an extensive fish section, and Petsmart.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:15 AM   #2 
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A little more research later and I am thinking a sponge filter may be the way to go. Opinions?
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:30 PM   #3 
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I've used Red Sea deco filters, Tetra 3i in tank filters and sponge filters in my tanks. I have a bunch of 2.5 and 5 gallon tanks. I find the Red Sea filters have too strong of a current and even with a baffle it's still too strong esp in the 2.5 gal tanks. The Tetra 3i in tank and sponge filters have more gentle water movement and since they all run on air I have 7 tanks set up to one air pump. Sponge filter may take up more room than the 3i in your tank, depends on what you're looking at, so if you go the 2.5 gal tank route you want to make sure your fish can swim around. Good luck with your setups
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