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Old 12-19-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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5 gallon filter reccomendation?


I have a whisper that came with the 5 gal and it is in poor condition. What filter would you recommend? I was thinking of getting a fluval 1 plus. I want a filter with high circulation because BGA is building up a bit with an oily surface. I don't want to spend extra on a power head.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:15 PM   #2
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I've been using a Hagen Elite Mini internal filter on my 8 gallon. It's surprisingly strong (58 gph) for being so small and cheap. ($7.50 at Petco)
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #3
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I've been using a Hagen Elite Mini internal filter on my 8 gallon. It's surprisingly strong (58 gph) for being so small and cheap. ($7.50 at Petco)
That sounds perfect! I need something cheap and strong. Thanks
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I'm using the Azoo Palm Filter (aka the Red Sea Nano HOB). While it's really not terribly powerful, I love that its a HOB, since I didnt want to take up any in-tank space in such a small tank.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:27 AM   #5
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I'm using the Azoo Palm Filter (aka the Red Sea Nano HOB). While it's really not terribly powerful, I love that its a HOB, since I didnt want to take up any in-tank space in such a small tank.
Two filters I've always wanted to try are the Azoo that Frosty mentioned and the little Zoomed canister. But alas I still have two unsed 2232s. So when the Nano bug finally hits me I'll probably use one of them.

The Palm filters are under $10 I believe. Good buy these days.
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I have both and like the Azoo one better. The Hagen one always has that oily looking junk on the top because its not agitating the surface.
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I agree I have the azoo palm / red sea nano HOB filter on my 5.5g, it's true, it is not super strong, but my tank is always crystal clear, so it must be doing something helpful! And it was less than $10. I agree with frosty, it's nice that it doesn't take up any tank space also
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:15 AM   #8
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I'm using the Azoo Palm Filter (aka the Red Sea Nano HOB). While it's really not terribly powerful, I love that its a HOB, since I didnt want to take up any in-tank space in such a small tank.
this may seem like a dumb question but what does HOB mean?
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this may seem like a dumb question but what does HOB mean?
It stands for Hang On the Back filter. Like your standard biowheel filters.
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I have a zoomed 501. they are nice but $50 at petco then $30 for 10mm lily pipes is too much $$. The hagen aquaclear 30 is a good choice I have used it on a 5gal, but its $25-$30. The best choice of all is this one http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/10618/product.web

good flow clear intake just like a lily pipe, and cheap. Ive seen it on an ADA Mini M and it looks great. Much better than the red sea nano and only $1 more.
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The Azoo Palm is a nice one on the cheap. The Zoomed 501 would be nice if you want to spend that much.

I've read nothing but good things on the Rapids filter that Marimoball linked. It also has a nice clean look to it IMO, and a cheap price as mentioned.
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I like the Tom's Mini Rapids canister filter. I have one and it's been great so far.
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I liked that hagen elite mini and the Tom's Rapids Filter the best so far. If I get an HOB I only can hang it on one side on the tank because of the hood. Will this leave dead spaces on the other side with Tom's Rapids Filter
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I liked that hagen elite mini and the Tom's Rapids Filter the best so far. If I get an HOB I only can hang it on one side on the tank because of the hood. Will this leave dead spaces on the other side with Tom's Rapids Filter
I don't think so its 80gph and designed for pico reefs. Like I said I have seen this in action and the flow is pretty strong but once the media is seeded and you have plants growing the flow will be strong but not overpowering. im ordering one for my ADA 30C. I will be setting up next year and the 30C is around 7 gallons.
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FWIW I actually have an HOB on the side of my 20g, and it actually seems to get better circulation that way, the outflow goes all the way across the top, and then pulled back across the bottom and mid-water column (to input openings) so the circulation is really good. The Tom Rapid's powerfilter Marimoball linked looks like it's definitely powerful enough to do the same in a 5.5g
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