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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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DIY filter (Check it out!)

I thought this filter idea was sweet. I am going to try it out on my next tank for sure. The HMEF is the one im going to do.
This is a good read and worth the look over.

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That looks really really cool!

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I run HMFs on my shrimp tanks (not the corner version). Been a year without needing to clean it. I got mine from swiss tropical.
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HMF has been around for years. It's one of those setups that I personally only find useful is you're running a tank where you can access the sponge for maintenance or you're breeding stuff in a bare bottom tank.
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Those are very efficient biofilters and I've heard they do a decent job of keeping the water clean too. I find it necessary to point out that it is called a Hamburg Matten Filter or just Mattenfilter (but not a hamburger matten filter as noted in that site you linked!). Its been in use for decades and first rose to popularity in....wait for it....Hamburg Germany.

As noted above there are different ways to set them up other than just a corner version.

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I used a Mattenfilter in my 65 gallon tank for a couple of years. It worked OK, but I didn't see much benefit over just using conventional filtering, so I quit using it. It is an easy thing to set up and is interesting, but that's about it.

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