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HOB and Sponge Filter questions??

Hi forum! So I picked up a hikari Bacto-Surge sponge filter for $1 from my LFS. I'm currently running two Aqueon quietflow 20s on my 29 gallon angelfish tank. I'm running the sponge (rated up to 40 gallons) with the two HOBs since I heard that sponge filters hold more BB than the HOBs. Question is can I just run one HOB and the sponge? Or should I go pick up another sponge and run 2 sponge filters (40 gallons each). I have angels and I heard they like calmer waters but I also want to over filter since I plan on adding a pleco soon (a bristle nose or maybe a clown). Also, if I just run two sponge filters will I have a problem with large waste accumulating? I do a weekly w/c and vacuum of about 45-50%. Any advice or siggestions? I'm going to let the sponge (s) run for about a month with the already established HOBS to get a good BB colony.

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Maybe add a sponge pre-filter to your hob like this: Filter Max Aquarium Sponge Pre Filter; Fits HOB, Canister, more. You can also diy. This has the added benefit of extending cleanings of your filter as you trap most of the detritus in your prefilter which is easily cleaned and rinsed in a bucket of used tank water.

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Maybe add a sponge pre-filter to your hob like this: Filter Max Aquarium Sponge Pre Filter; Fits HOB, Canister, more. You can also diy. This has the added benefit of extending cleanings of your filter as you trap most of the detritus in your prefilter which is easily cleaned and rinsed in a bucket of used tank water.
The sponge I have is able to be attached to a filter intake tube. It's big though but maybe I can get it to fit.

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That will work. Any sponge on the intake that fits tight enough the water goes through the sponge and up the intake will do the trick.

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I have that sponge prefilter on my intake tube. It is rather large but I'm hoping some plants will hide it soon. I've also put sponge media inside my HOB, I have a coarse and a fine one.


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Thank you for the suggestions everyone. Is it even possible to run a 29 gallon tank (or any tank for that matter) on only sponge filters? I was just considering it due to the reduced electric costs and the simplicity. Also my HOBs are a little noisy.

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Yes you can indeed. As long as you dont need to remove tannins etc.

I think an air powered sponge will be noisy to a degree as well.

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If you have two or three, or if the one is big enough. I run mine on an airline, so for me getting it quiet meant finding a pump that doesn't rattle. For the noisy HOB, have you tried cleaning or replacing the impeller...?


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