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Old 02-26-2012, 08:32 PM   #1 
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filter suggestions?

I am looking for new filter suggestions for 5 10 and 6.6 gallon tanks. In the past with my bettas I have only used sponge filters but the azoo kind I got from drs.foster moved. So little air it became a breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria. I tried an elite which was REALLY noisy and finally the original mainstream ones with a diffuser. I was really happy with the mist but the filter literally vibrated so hard I could feel the tank shaking when I touched it :/

I think I am looking at either an hob filter with extra sponge on the end or an intank filter (which I have no experience with) as they.are super quiet and appear to create less.current. my goal is as quiet and little current as possible. My bettas hate all current.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #2 
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Well, you're already on the right track. People have posted (and I think there is a sticky) on a way to make a baffle for the outflow of the filter on HOBs. HOBs may, or may not, be silent. There is lots of variability even within the same brand. I find they are much quieter if the tank is full (above the outflow) but since it creates very little surface agitation if you don't have live plants, you may still want a bubbler (and those air pumps are anything but quiet in my opinion).

I've heard good things about the Aquaclear brand, but I don't know if you'll find one smaller than a 10g.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:00 PM   #3 
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Thank you that answered a lot of questions and the sponge baffle was what I was thinking of doing with my hob. Now only question is.. what hob filters do people.suggest for low noise? Thinking of getting a tetra whisper as I like their air pumps the best
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #4 
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Aquaclear 20 for 5g...ok for 10g too or get the30?

After reading up on aquaclear I'm sold and my local store carries them too

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Old 02-27-2012, 10:31 PM   #5 
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I would suggest the Aquaclear 20 for the ten, maybe even the six. It has adjustable flow, so a baffle may not be necessary depending on the placement and length of your bettas fins. I have the 30 for my 15 gallon and I love it, it comes with 3 different filtration methods, two of the three shouldn't even need replacing for a while. The carbon is not necessary and can be subbed with something else, ir comes with a sponge, pouris rock, and the carbon.

For the 5 gallon, Azoo makes a nice one, I forgot what it is called, but it is on Amazon. The filter is recommended for 3.5 but with bettas they need lower flow, it will ne fine for the 5 though. That filter is also adjustable.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:38 PM   #6 
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I agree, my new AquaClear 20 is doing pretty well on my 20 gallon fish tank. So I don't think you need to get an AquaClear 20 for a 10 gallon. My filter is pretty quiet compared to some filters, and you shouldn't expect there to be absolutely no noise. Mine just makes a trickling noise with a humming noise.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:38 PM   #7 
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I personally love the Aqueon Quietflow 10s. They're nearly silent, afford ably priced and filter up to 20 gallons. Excellent for a 10 gallon. I actually use 2 of them on my 14 gallon since my tank is heavily stocked.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:16 PM   #8 
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I have the Fluval U1 and the Fluval U2 (both Hagen Internal filters) running on my 16 gallon. The U1 would do well in your tank, I suspect, although they are relatively bulky. Absolutely silent, though. I have them in my bedroom and I honestly can't hear them even with my ear above the tank (open top). They do have a violent flow, but they are easy to baffle. A coke bottle cut in half vertically and fixed in front of the outflow (which is adjustable) works well. I'm using the triangle insert from a breeder box.

I have much love for my Fluvals.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #9 
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I personally love the Aqueon Quietflow 10s. They're nearly silent, afford ably priced and filter up to 20 gallons. Excellent for a 10 gallon. I actually use 2 of them on my 14 gallon since my tank is heavily stocked.
My friend has an Aqueon Quietflow and I have to disagree with you because you have to replace the the filter cartridge every few weeks, unlike the AquaClear. Therefore you have to pay more money in the long run for the filter and additional filter cartridges. Unfortunately, that filter also killed a couple of her goldfish over the years (by sucking them against the filter sucking thing).
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My friend has an Aqueon Quietflow and I have to disagree with you because you have to replace the the filter cartridge every few weeks, unlike the AquaClear. Therefore you have to pay more money in the long run for the filter and additional filter cartridges. Unfortunately, that filter killed a couple of her goldfish over the years too.
Not me, I can usually stretch 2 months per filter with no issues, I swap each one every other month. The important thing is simply cleaning the filter pad in the old tank water during water changes.

Essentially I have 2x Mechanical and Biological filtration, and 1x chemical.

I'm actually going to stop using the filter pads soon in one, and switch to a custom cut ammonia removing pad instead.
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