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Filter recs for a 5 gal

Hey all I currently have a sponge filter running in my planted micro rasbora tank. It is HUGE and I don't like that it's taking up so much space in my tiny tank. It also produces rather large bubbles and I'm trying to develop some surface plants.
So, looking to find an HOB that wouldn't blow my rasboras and the 4 shrimp I have in there all over.
I've seen the AZOO filters and like the cost and look of those. I hate the tetra whisper filters, never had good luck with them.
Any advice appreciated!
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/RC-Hagen-...&wl13=&veh=sem

I think aquaclears are the best hobs. You can adjust the flow on this so it won't blow your livestock around.


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I'd just mod the sponge filter to have an airstone so it will produce smaller bubbles.





There is the ZooMed 501 I hear is good.
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Couple nano filters from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T6HPZFI..._t2_B00ESWVCR6

https://www.amazon.com/JEBO-501-Hang.../dp/B00ESWVCR6

I own a Jebo 501, it's been in use for about 10 months now. No complaints, but keep it's cover in place, and clean the filter slide-in every other week. I've replaced the slide-in filter with an AquaClear 20 sponge and a small sponge filter on the inlet pipe and the cleaning schedule is extended to every other month. Be careful about the joints on the filter intake as they are not real strong.

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As another suggestion you could use a matten filter. Doesn't really fix the size of the thing in the tank the way an hob would but they are a great filter.


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I've seen the AZOO filters and like the cost and look of those. I hate the tetra whisper filters, never had good luck with them.
Any advice appreciated!

I have an azoo mignon 60 on my 5.5 gal. Great little filter. Adjustable too and you can fill it with any media you want. I have it stuffed full of sponge, ceramic, and purigen.


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I have an azoo mignon 60 on my 5.5 gal. Great little filter. Adjustable too and you can fill it with any media you want. I have it stuffed full of sponge, ceramic, and purigen.
What fauna do you have in your tank? Is it fairly planted? Just wondering if it will keep up with my fish.
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Wow, the filter that comes with the Penn Plax Radius water worlds is shocking. I just got the 10 gallon version and it's such a waste that they included this rubbish! For the price of the motor alone they could have included a really decent sponge filter at retail price.

I gotta believe that there is some way to mod the filter to make it decent.

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An Aquaclear 20 HOB will be more than enough to filter a 5g. I have one on my 12" cube (roughly 5-7g once substrate and hardscape are factored in). Works great in respects to the Azoo in that it has enough space to properly insert biomedia. Azoo's are essentially a HOB sponge filter and they also work very well when used like that. Many have modified the Azoo's to "perform" like Aquaclears but for a 5g tank I'd just get the Aquaclear from the get-go.
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