I've been lurking on the site for a few weeks now doing research, and I've learned a lot about betta keeping on here :) I'm not new to fish keeping, but this will be my first time keeping a betta. I'm waiting until my betta's tank is completely ready to go before I actually go purchase a fish (I have a 46g goldfish tank to keep me occupied in the meantime). So far my betta tank is sitting empty while I wait for my substrate and heater to arrive.
I recently bought a Hawkeye 5 (or Aquarius 5 as it was called on the box) from Wal-Mart, based on everything I've read about it on this site. Although I like the tank, I'm not a fan of the filter it came with - a Mini Might internal filter...I've never heard of it and don't really care for it. I'd much rather have a HOB filter to free up as much room inside of the tank as possible. My question is for those of you using the Hawkeye 5 with a HOB filter, what brand do you use? Someone said they used the Marina S10, but they weren't able to lift the hood up because the filter got in the way. I'd prefer to buy a filter that I'd be able to lift the hood up the way it was made to do. I think I remember seeing a picture where someone had a Penguin and maybe someone with an AquaClear on theirs. Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated :)