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Old 01-29-2015, 06:00 AM   #1
JoseGraciani
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Does size matter?


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I have a 10 (US) gallon shrimp tank with a 1-3 gallon whisper filter and it seems to be doing the job. I put a fluval filter sponge over the end to stop fry from getting sucked up and it seems to be doing a great job for the tank. After 4 pregnant ghost shrimp and three beautiful cherry shrimp, will this smaller filter be a problem? It's also a planted tank as well. Wisteria, Amazon Sword, Assorted Anubias. Thanks for your comments and time!
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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As long as you keep the filter media clean and do frequent water changes. You should not have any problems; I personally over filter my tanks but I prefer the piece of mind that my water is debris free and moving through the whole tank. The only thing I can see you sacrificing is water flow and a lower surface area of mechanical and biological filtration.

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Old 01-29-2015, 02:06 PM   #3
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Thanks so much! Ill probably grab a bigger filter just in case. I hope that doesn't mess up the tank if I replace the filter.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
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This is an area where there is a lot of confusion. People want to size the filter by how much water it has in the tank. More water, they want more filter when the truth is that it should be the other way in some cases. It is the amount of waste. That same amount of waste diluted in 55 gallon rather than ten gets you a whole lot cleaner water. So the second question can be how the amount of water flow from a small filter changes the way the waste is moved to the filter. A small filter on a 55 may not move the waste well enough even if there is only one small fish.
So if your waste is being processed well enough and the cleaning schedule required is okay with you, you are okay where you are now. We really could go without any filter if we wanted to vac the debris out and keep the ammonia, etc. down with water changes.
Most of us don't want to work that much and want a filter to help with the job. A great big filter on a small tank may not need to be cleaned for months and months. We often pick a middle ground that costs less but we need to work a little extra.
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