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Eheim Skim 350 as filter?

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I want to set up a 5.5 gallon, can I use the Eheim skim 350 as a filter? I know flow-wise it will be great, but I'm not sure about it's ability to trap debris since it's intake is at the surface of the water.
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There is a sponge in there that is about an inch square, that's it. That is all the room you have for bio-filtration.

I would look for other alternatives.
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if you have a low bio load and high plant load, it would be okay. Since plant will absorb most of ammonia.
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If there is no other place to "take up house" bacteria will reside all over the aquarium.
Any surface will work;glass,sub,hardscape,even plants.
You can't keep much in a 5g to begin with ,so done properly I think yes the Ehiem 350 could be all you need .
Of course regular maintenance is necessary.

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At most the small sponge provides for a bit of bio-filtration. The open design leaves it susceptible to trapping and getting clogged by debris (plant leaves, etc.), so there isn't really any mechanical filtration capacity.

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It works great as a skimmer, not as a filter. Mine clogs in about 3 days, and that includes leaves and bio-matter.
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Okay thanks for the input guys. I didn't expect clogging so fast...
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