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sponge filter recommendation

I have two 2.5 gal tanks (with nothing in them yet) and I'm looking for a good filter. I heard that sponge filters are the best, especially for bettas.



What are your recommendations for sponge filters? I want one small enough so my betta will have more room to swim around.
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Just get a mignon 60, only thing youíll have in tank is little lift tube. Goes down to about 8gph, Max is 15gph. Plus no noisy air pump to deal with.

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These are easier to clean since the sponge can be removed without removing the whole thing.
https://www.amazon.com/XINYOU-XY-283.../dp/B00KZJYC9G

I have a bunch variations of these that I don't use anymore cuz they're a pain to maintenance. Cleaning means pulling the whole thing out, and disassembling it to remove the spongs to thoroughly squeeze.
https://www.amazon.com/XINYOU-XY-283.../dp/B005LMQCW2

The dual sponge is nice cuz you can alternate maintenance of the sponges.
https://www.amazon.com/XY-2831-Spong.../dp/B0056XVF82

And if someone tells you the disadvantage to sponge filter is the ability to use chemical filtration media...
https://www.amazon.com/Qanvee-Aquari.../dp/B07MWPLQFG

The only downside to sponges is that they take up a lot of space in a tank, are that much more obvious in a tank, and do not provide good flow or water polishing. I like to use a small HOB simultaneously with a sponge filters.

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Aquarium Co-op came up with their own line. They are stackable, which is cool. If you watch any of Corey's videos, he loves sponge filters.

https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collect...-sponge-filter

I haven't tried them, but I might pickup a couple and a pair of those USB air pumps for my spare buckets or utility tanks.

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Aquarium Co-op came up with their own line. They are stackable, which is cool. If you watch any of Corey's videos, he loves sponge filters.

https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collect...-sponge-filter

I haven't tried them, but I might pickup a couple and a pair of those USB air pumps for my spare buckets or utility tanks.
I like the density of their foam. Makes it more like a prefilter/fish guard than bio filter. Wish there were cylindrical replacement sponges for the dual sponge filters of 20 or 25 ppi. With dual sponge there's plenty of surface area for smaller tanks even if the density is lower.

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I am a big fan of sponge filters for nano tanks, personally! I use this one here in my 2.5-gallon tank. It does the job quite well.
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The great thing about sponge filters is that they are simple yet effective.

I use these but I think any sponge filter will get the job done: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have a couple of these which also work well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It is kind of hard to go wrong with any sponge filter
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You can not get a better sponge filter
Than a Swiss Tropicals cube filter.

If you watch people like Rachael OíLeary on YouTube and other fish breeders you will see this filter every where.


http://www.swisstropicals.com/filtra...befilter-shop/
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I'm with @DaveKS on this one.

A couple tiny HOB filters like that won't cost much more than high-quality sponges and they won't take up any room inside your tank. Space will be at a premium in a 2.5 gallon tank. Using up 2-4 inches of room in a tiny container is just frustrating. (Wouldn't be as big of a deal in a 10 or 20gal)

I'd still use sponge/foam as media inside the filter because it's easy. Bonus of having an HOB: you can use things like charcoal if it's ever needed, Purigen, crushed coral, anything else becomes a lot easier than with a standard sponge. Though, there are some models that allow for the use of additional media beyond the sponge.

I love to use sponge filters in larger shrimp tanks because they're cheap and easy to maintain. One of the reasons people with large fish rooms use them is because they're cheaper and easier to operate than individual HOBs or canisters. They buy one or two large linear air pumps, a manifold, sponges and run every filter in the room. Less electricity, less maintenance.
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With such a small tank I would just run a tiny HOB.

Every filter has its place. I run 40 sponge filters and they are great. I also run 20 of the Lees economy corner filters. And I sometimes run the Whisper filters in 2 different sizes. Each has its place and its pros and cons. ANY filter is good if you are doing your proper maintenance. That small tank of yours will be more work than any of my large tanks. And any mistake you make will be a lot worse in a small tank than a large.

When I get asked by a beginner what is the best tank to start with I always recommend a 29 at the least. With a low stock ratio.
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I'm with @DaveKS on this one.

A couple tiny HOB filters like that won't cost much more than high-quality sponges and they won't take up any room inside your tank. Space will be at a premium in a 2.5 gallon tank. Using up 2-4 inches of room in a tiny container is just frustrating. (Wouldn't be as big of a deal in a 10 or 20gal)

I'd still use sponge/foam as media inside the filter because it's easy. Bonus of having an HOB: you can use things like charcoal if it's ever needed, Purigen, crushed coral, anything else becomes a lot easier than with a standard sponge. Though, there are some models that allow for the use of additional media beyond the sponge.

I love to use sponge filters in larger shrimp tanks because they're cheap and easy to maintain. One of the reasons people with large fish rooms use them is because they're cheaper and easier to operate than individual HOBs or canisters. They buy one or two large linear air pumps, a manifold, sponges and run every filter in the room. Less electricity, less maintenance.
Thats what we did when my parents fish store was up and running. Built manifolds out of PVC, drilled and chucked it with air line valves for each tank. Had probably 70 20gal tanks or so fed off that system. Back then it was under ground filters for all the smaller tanks. Big tanks (40s and 55s or larger) got under grounds with power heads on them. Worked really well and was way cheaper overall then doing individual setups for each tank.
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