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Help choosing filter system

I want to start a small 8 gal. tank with a compact flouresent lighting system I saw the other day at the LFS. My problem is finding a small filter for it. I really don't like the HOB type filters due to the surface movement they cause.

Please suggest some filters I can use for my new project.


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I swear there was a mini canister filter for 10 gallons, I just can't seem to find the link anymore
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I think Jdinh04 was refering to the Zoomed 501 turtle filter

http://www.reptilesupply.com/product...roducts_id=404

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Aquaphish, I've used this little internal filter by Zoomed (Microclean 304). Has adjustable flow, takes very little space in the tank (4.7" x 1.7" x 1.7), very quiet, easy to clean and maintain. It also comes with a stream diverter so that you can orient the flow downwards, to minimize surface turbulence.

http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...product=MZ3171
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Thanks for the suggestions. I really liked the one krazykidd86 linked to. But it seems just a little too strong for an 8 gallon. But maybe I can enlarge the holes on the spraybar to lower the force the water exits from it. I did that on my Fluval 304 in my 40 gal because it was just whipping everything around too much. The enlarged holes solved the problem.

As far as in-tank filters - the tanks is so small to begin with I don't want to clutter it up with equipment.

I did get a Whisper 100. It is a HOB. But keep the suggestions comming. If I find a filter that I like I just might replace the 100.

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if it was my tank, I wouldnt use a filter at all. Filters on nano tanks take up way too much room and look very ugly IMO.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I really liked the one krazykidd86 linked to. But it seems just a little too strong for an 8 gallon. But maybe I can enlarge the holes on the spraybar to lower the force the water exits from it. .

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=25334
It's a great filter.

if you take the cap off the end of the spray bar it'll leak out slower than w/ just the spray bar holes.


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have you checked out the hydor filters or the stingray type ones, i forget who theyre made by
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if it was my tank, I wouldnt use a filter at all. Filters on nano tanks take up way too much room and look very ugly IMO.
Hey Shuks. Seems just like you to suggest something like that!!! I am looking for something to go outside the tank not inside. read my first message. But thanks for your input.


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have you checked out the hydor filters or the stingray type ones, i forget who theyre made by
Checked out the Hydors at least the ones I can find but no luck. I am rethinking about theZOOMED 501. Or I might just take my old RIO pump and make myself a custom HOB. But for right now the Whisper 10 is doing the job.

Thanks for all the suggestions.


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I have a mattenfilter on my 10. It seems to be working nicely. I will eventually turn it into a moss wall to hide it.

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