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HybridHerp 02-13-2013 01:33 PM

Filter ideas for a 10 gallon?
I'm playing around with the idea of doing something different filtration wise with my 10 gallon. ATM, I have two Marineland Penguin 100's....and its just a bit annoying to constantly be replacing that blue mesh on a bi-weekly (if not more often) basis. I was almost thinking about just adding another Penguin 100 (I have the space for it and otherwise the filters run fine) or replace one of the Penguins with a larger type filter.

Alternatively, I was half debating about canister filters, but not sure if I like that route for this tank because it is on a table and there is no real good place for the canister to be on the floor. But if I were to go canister, what kind of canister would be a good idea? I do like to over filter, and for this tank, my only flow is the filtration and I'm considering doing hillstream loaches which would mean I would need a very good amount of flow.

somewhatshocked 02-13-2013 02:25 PM

Why are you replacing filter media? Can't you just rinse and reuse?

If you went the filter route and could place it beneath the tank, I'm a fan of Eheim 2213 and use one on my own 10gal. In my opinion, it's the best canister for the tank that you can buy for under $100.

Fluval also has a couple great filters that would work.

If you want to go cheaper, maybe consider one of the eBay SunSun filters.

However... if you don't want to go the canister route but want more flexibility for media customization and various tweaks? Consider getting an AquaClear HOB. An AC 50 or 70 would give you tons of room and a lot of ability to tweak flow.

CrypticLifeStyle 02-13-2013 02:26 PM

The blue mesh cartridges is a waste of money anyways. Rip it off the plastic, rinse out the carbon crap. Put the plastic cage back in, and use it as a retaining gate per say. Just stuff pillow stuffing in the void. Huge bag costs like $5- prob last you a year literally. You can increase your biological if needed by putting some cermaic rings or matrix below the stuffing, even sponge pieces.

Canisters are always a better choice over HOB's but i always struggle to accept paying for one on such small tanks, but if i were to get one for a 10 gallon a Eheim 2213 or 2215 would be move then enough i would think. I think the smallest Fluval would be too much, and cost more then those eheims. Personally not a fan of any of the other brands.

HybridHerp 02-13-2013 02:42 PM

hrmmm, I might just use filter floss instead of that blue mesh cartage. I should have some laying around at home.

I might for now just play around with increasing filter floss and adding some extra biological components to the filter. Then if I still need more I'll probably just get another HOB and do the same thing with that as well.

I'll wait for having a 10 gallon elsewhere before doing a canister.

CrypticLifeStyle 02-13-2013 02:48 PM

HOB modding can lead to endless ideas of doing things, and save a ton of money in the long run. Here's a recent thread for a 350, but all the same idea no matter what HOB is being used.

I supplied a bunch of pictures of some of my current, and older setups.

Yankee 02-13-2013 05:15 PM

An AC30 placed on the side of the tank (flowing across) will give you over filtration and very good flow.

HybridHerp 02-16-2013 04:20 PM

actually....maybe I'd customize my existing filters, add another one (eventually add another one) and.....maybe I could plant my HOB's....look at the 10 in my sig and tell me if a planted HOB or two would be a bad idea.

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