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Old 11-28-2010, 12:18 PM   #1 
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Sponge Filters?

Well guys, I have the tetra whisper 10, and it hasnt been doing a good job. So Im wondering about sponge filter. All Ive read about them was that they do a great job and last a long time too.Im really close to getting one but I wanna know what you guys think/suggest. Like to the people who have one, would you suggest it? And do you think it does a good job? Thank you for helping me! ;))
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:26 PM   #2 
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I use and like sponge filters especially in small tanks

What is your filter not doing that you think it should....or what is wrong with it....
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:04 PM   #3 
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It just stirs stuff up, and lets stuff just swim with the fish, but I think the sponge filter will take care of that and get the little stuff that my filter doesnt
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #4 
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Spong filters WONT get rid of anything in the water.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:19 PM   #5 
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More water changes and substrate vacuuming may work better-what kind of filter media are you using in the filter
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:28 PM   #6 
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Just that rock packet thing and a sponge... But Im still getting a sponge heater
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:33 PM   #7 
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Regardless of type of filter and filter media you still have to make regular water changes to maintain water quality......but, I like the sponge filters in the smaller tanks more because they tend to do less damage to the delicate fins on the long fin Bettas.......but can be noisy as compared to HOB or canister type filters due to the air pump.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #8 
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So should I get a sponge filter or a penn plax filter???
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:40 PM   #9 
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I have a sponge filter in my 20g tank and 10g betta tank. But they are only for back up. They work really good at helping with biological filtration and save your but if your main filter goes down. But sponge filters are primarily for breeder tanks where a large filter may suck up fry.


If you are using that filter on any thing smaller then a 10 gallon tank you really need to have a baffle on it. I use the same model on my 10 gallon and ya it really moved the water before I placed a baffle on it. Here is a link to a post by Kim on how to make a baffle! http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139 . I use this on both my tanks and it is super easy to do! Hope this helps
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PennPlax are pretty much the same as sponge filters. Noisy and only good as bio filters.
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