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Old 02-21-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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Shrimp only 12g long filtration


Just ordered a Mr aqua 12g long!!! If I only have shrimp, can I use a sponge filter in such a long tank? Or do I need to use 2, placing one at either end of the tank?

Will I have any problems because there will be no current?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:19 AM   #2
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IMO you at least need 3 in the tank. But the thing is because the tank is so shallow I'm not really sure how the sponge filter will work effectively in the tank.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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Sponges will be fine. Just use 3 or 4. That way you can use smaller sponges and have a bit of circulation in the tank.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:30 AM   #4
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What they said. you'll need several. I've got an Ehein 2213 with custom spraybar (thanks to Jake/somewhatshocked's journal) along with a dual sponge filter on one end and airstone at the other end. I put plants at the ends, in the middle, basically everywhere I can to see if there are deadspots anywhere. Moss is a good one to have around because it will sway easily with the current.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:49 AM   #5
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I also have a 2213 with a 30" custom spray bar lol. Also a danner mag 350 fractioning impeller on a closed loop with 6ft of head I was using for co2 but now just run. The danner is split to locline tgat goes to each corner to make up fir the shirt soraybar. Also have a sponge filter at one end and a marina breeder box at the other lol. Kinda over kill but it seems to be working.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:02 AM   #6
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I honestly don't think you can go overkill on this tank. LOL! You can go underkill for sure though just due to that massive length.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:10 AM   #7
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I love the dimensions of this tank, it is one of the few tanks I kept running during my recent interstate move, but it is a pain to light and filter. If you are not going to go with anything but sponge filters I might consider adding a Koralia nano for some flow (they are pretty reasonably priced if you shop around).
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:17 AM   #8
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If you can, iwould say go with a canister and spray bar. 3-4 sponges would look ugly imo. Youd be taking away a lot of the aesthetics of the tank. I running an eheim 2213 and the flow isnt too bad. I honestly think i could throw shrimp in there. Im gonna throw in ammanos for sure or maybe even some neos.
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It looks like I'm going to have to face facts and stop trying to cut costs here. It seems the 2213 is just about the only way to go to have a good looking tank?

Thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:28 AM   #10
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For a special tank like 12 gallon long don't use any hang on or sponge filter. Spend a little to get a small canister and glass intake & output. You'll appreciate it more when the tank look clean without anything obstructing it.
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sponges are cheap.... you can always start with sponges and upgrade to canister later too...
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I'd definitely go with an Ehiem 2213 for this tank. I have one for my 35g and its workin well. If you have the cash get yourself an outflow lily pipe! Also put a sponge prefilter on the intake.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:42 AM   #13
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Wouldn't a 2211 work well too? Is it just because they are relatively close in cost?
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Just ordered a Mr aqua 12g long!!! If I only have shrimp, can I use a sponge filter in such a long tank? Or do I need to use 2, placing one at either end of the tank?

Will I have any problems because there will be no current?
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Wouldn't a 2211 work well too? Is it just because they are relatively close in cost?
yeah, only 10 dollars difference in price, but double the media capacity. And both are really quiet.

You can always close down the valve on the return line to slow flow as well.
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