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Old 08-12-2011, 07:42 AM   #11 
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Needed? No. But nice to have.

If you want a cheap alternative you can make your own sponge filter. I find them great for betta tanks. Unless you feed messy food regularly (like flake), I haven't found any of my bettas to be that messy; so there isn't much debris..at least from what I've seen. But they do a bang up job with nitrogen cycle; lots of nooks and crannies to hold the little buggers.

Just my 2 cents. :)
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:52 AM   #12 
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Needed? No. But nice to have.

If you want a cheap alternative you can make your own sponge filter. I find them great for betta tanks. Unless you feed messy food regularly (like flake), I haven't found any of my bettas to be that messy; so there isn't much debris..at least from what I've seen. But they do a bang up job with nitrogen cycle; lots of nooks and crannies to hold the little buggers.

Just my 2 cents. :)

So with a 5 gallon tank and no filter, how often should I change the water?
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:10 AM   #13 
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Two a week - One 100% change and one smaller partial water change.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:27 AM   #14 
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In terms of maintenance, I highly recommend a filter, too. After the tank is cycled (4 to 6 weeks), your water changes drop to 50% once a week.

Baffling isn't that hard, either. It took me maybe 5 minutes to do.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:55 PM   #15 
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I love my Hawkeye 5 gallons. But I guess everyone is different.

The best part about them is the flip up lid. I have live plants so I have to be able to get my hands in the whole tank. Those eclipses are such a pain to get the lids off. I have 3 Hawkeyes, all planted and I've never had an issue with them breaking and I move one of them back and forth on the counter twice a week. Embrace the Hawkeye! :P
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:25 PM   #16 
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Sorry, vaygirl, didn't mean to shoot down all the Hawkeyes :)

The one I have doesn't sound as nice as yours, no flip lid, the lighting isn't great and so on. It sounds like they're not all made equally. However, for the $18 I spent on it, I can't really complain XD
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:40 PM   #17 
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Oh well then others must be different/cheaper made. I have this one:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258

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Old 08-13-2011, 12:20 AM   #18 
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Now THAT looks like a great tank.

This is the one I bought; it was sold under the Top Fin name for some reason:

http://www.hawkeyeaquarium.com/prod_...p?cat=20&p=153

I like the idea of a hinged hood, this one definitely doesn't have it.

I don't mind getting into my Eclipse tank; do it a few times and you get quick :D
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I think if my tank wasn't planted it wouldn't matter as much. I would have been fine with the eclipse line. Still, they were good, reliable tanks while I had them. Just not as accessible as I needed them to be.
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:52 AM   #20 
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I tried a cheaper $20 Hawkeye tank and it felt like it'd break if you looked at it wrong.
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Oh.my.god.LOL

No kidding, mine did.

The little cord-and-light-socket thing has been incredibly handy with an LED bulb for when I drop stuff under the desk, though.
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