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5g Bowl Filer Choice

I searched Petco and Amazon for some filters for a planted bowl but couldn't find anything very good. Suggestions?
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Sponge filter? (the ones with a weighted base, not suction cups)
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Azoo 60 Mignon / Palm works fine on my 5g cylinder.
Check them out on Dr Foster and Smith: about $8.
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http://m.drsfostersmith.com/product/...fm?pcatid=9821 this was the first filter that came to mind. Also if hanging it on the bowl isn't an option there are things like the toms mini canister, zoo med turtle filters, finnex PX canister. I've heard fairly good things with all these filters but have no experience with them myself. Just sharing some different options. I'm sure others will give some input as well.
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for curved bowls/vases I use jardin mini cylinder sponge filter from amazon + airline tubing and tetra whisper air pump. Most of my tanks have them actually ^^

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Sponge filter? (the ones with a weighted base, not suction cups)
Have you tried this and it worked well? I'm a little skeptical about it.

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Azoo 60 Mignon / Palm works fine on my 5g cylinder.
Check them out on Dr Foster and Smith: about $8.
This wouldn't work on a curved bowl would it?

Like this one http://previews.123rf.com/images/ran...tock-Photo.jpg

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Power Filter for Small & Desktop Aquariums: Azoo Palm Filter this was the first filter that came to mind. Also if hanging it on the bowl isn't an option there are things like the toms mini canister, zoo med turtle filters, finnex PX canister. I've heard fairly good things with all these filters but have no experience with them myself. Just sharing some different options. I'm sure others will give some input as well.
So you think this will work?Canister Filters: Rapids Mini Canister Filter at Foster & Smith Aquatics

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for curved bowls/vases I use jardin mini cylinder sponge filter from amazon + airline tubing and tetra whisper air pump. Most of my tanks have them actually ^^
That's pretty cheap. How does it work though? Does it hold up pretty well? It's just gonna be one Betta fish
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Ok, I see your bowl now and Azoo 60 will not work but any mini canister filter will.
Out of all the choices I think that an internal sponge filter driven by an air pump is your best bet - easiest to set up with a single clear air hose going into the bowl. And your beta will love the bubbles and the gentle flow.
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How it works is the air from the pump travels to the center of the sponge and then rises through the lift tube which draws water through the sponge and out the top. The sponge does a little mechanical filtering but mostly its a great place for biological bacteria to grow. Very simple, works awesome, and lasts forever. I think the ones I mentioned earlier may be a little difficult to set up and the simplicity of a sponge filter may be the best option. Search xy-2835 sponge filter on amazon, Another one that I know is smaller so it wouldn't stick out so much.
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That's pretty cheap. How does it work though? Does it hold up pretty well? It's just gonna be one Betta fish
how spogne fitlers work:
Sponge or Breeder Filters - The First Tank Guide - Filtering Your Aquarium Water

I use it in most of my betta tanks and it does great-some have been in nearly 2 years. If you plan to keep something with a larger biolaod such as a large snail species (nerite, mystery, apple) you may need to ring out the sponge filter ever few months as it will get clogged form all the snail poop. I've had 'pest' snails in these tanks all teh time (ramshorn, pond, bladder, mts) and the sponge filter keeps up fine with them.
If you have issues with the bubbles sound you get get a small air stone and make a minor mod to quiet the bubble noise, but it reduces efficiency of the sponge filter.. If you are only keep 1 betta though it will be fine, they're not big biolaods (just don't over feed-leave uneaten food in).
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Thank you all so much! It sounds like I will just go with a sponge filter and an air pump. I appreciate all the feedback and advice

I'm hoping to get some plants soon and like a 5 watt CFL.
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