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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Unobtrusive filter for nano?

Nothing ruins a mini aquascape quite like a gigantic HOB...



This is a low-tech 6 gallon. Easy plants, no ferts, no CO2 is the plan right now.

The filter looks WAY worse in person than it does in pics. So I was hoping to get some suggestions.

I need something to filter/move the water, but also look unobtrusive. I will be adding a bit more plants in the background but probably not enough to completely cover the eyesore that's there right now.

I can't use a canister cause the tank is on my dresser, so what do I do for an elegant solution? I use Azoo Palms on my 2.5 gallons so I could always do that, although I hate how they return water down and not out onto the surface. They disturb plants and don't break surface film.

The only planned inhabitant for this tank right now is a betta, so do I even need a filter? Could I get away with an airstone to circulate the water and break the surface, and let the plants do the filtering? Would an airstone be bad for plant growth?

Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks guys!
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get a backing for the tank even black paint would work i used water based acrylic and painted mine i was just really carefull not to get it on the rim so i knew it was not near the water and that will hide the stuff behind and then any plants you want can hide the intake. i use a sponge over the out flow of my hob to keep the water from messing up the substrate plus its another place for good bacteria
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1: Canister filter with sweet lily pipes
2: Paint back of tank black and make something like this out of half a piece of PVC piping. It will be black, matching the paint and act as a surface skimmer removing any film on the surface.

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The simplest solution would to put a background on the tank. Black always makes the plants pop.

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Thanks guys! If I didn't want to put a background on it for now, what would be my options? What are some good tiny nano filters? Or would having just an airstone work?
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The "Hagen Mini Elite" filter is an option, though it is rated for up to three gallon tanks. Maybe use two, one on each end? They are about $8 each, and have a changable flow speed. Some people have had issues with the flow speed being too fast even on low settings, which is solvable by adding more sponge inside the filter. You can also add an inline air bubbler!
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You could try hanging the filter on the side. Not only will it disperse clean water lengthways through the tank, but you won't even notice it in dark pictures like the one you posted, since none of it is behind the clear glass.

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You could try hanging the filter on the side. Not only will it disperse clean water lengthways through the tank, but you won't even notice it in dark pictures like the one you posted, since none of it is behind the clear glass.
I would assume OP cant do this due to the hood/light combo thats on the tank, though it would help.
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Sadly I can't put the filter on the side, there's not enough room with the hood.
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I had the Petco 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank and removed the rim and replaced the light with a Coralife strip. It was so sleek-looking, with room on the end for a little ZooMed canister filter....that's only if you want to replace your light/hood combo.

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