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  1. Equipment
    Hey all! My new filter for my 29g invert tank has been running for over 24 hours now, though I still have the old sponge filter running on low flow next to it. I don't want to inadvertently crash my params and restart a cycle, so I was wondering how long I should ideally leave the old filter in...
  2. Equipment
    Hey all, I have a pretty simple question but one I am kinda lost on because I have never used sponge filters.However after giving them some further thought, they seem to be the better choice in the tank im going for. But here’s the thing: I have no idea how to measure the effectiveness of an...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello! I've been a lurker on this forum for well over a year, everyone on here is immensely helpful and has guided me through my fish journey from the start. Normally I can find a solution for all my problems just by searching these forums but I'm at a standstill right now. I recently upgraded...
  4. Equipment
    I just set up a DIY CO2 reactor (yeast and sugar, 2x2 liter bottles) on my 55 gallon planted tank. I have a small shrimp colony and moderately stocked with community fish. I have a fluval 407 canister and 2 sponge filters (shrimps love them). In order to keep the CO2 from gassing off I put a...
  5. Tank Journals
    It's been awhile since the last time it had been awhile, but here we are. Welcome, one and all, to the return of my aquatic ramblings and mishaps. Today we are starting with the "10 Gallon Cap" tank. A setup that cannibalized pieces from the various projects I have undertaken over the years...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I have a 40 gallon long, heavily planted tank with rocks and driftwood. My only filter is a sponge filter. I will also be using two powerheads, on timers, to circulate water. Where should I place the sponge filter? Would a corner be fine? Thanks!
  7. Equipment
    Hello, Recently bought my fluval vista 23g aquarium and I wanted to meticulously follow my Aqua Clear 50 instructions about changing the media (foam, activated carbon and biomax) when needed. But after some searches I realized that changing something might hurt the tank by removing good...
  8. Equipment
    So I recently got myself a 10 gallon tank and am trying to get it up and running. I've been using the HOB filter that came in the kit with it although I subbed in a pot scrubber as the filter media. I also ordered a 20 gallon sponge filter, I figure if I throw that in there I should be well set...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'd like to make a DIY sponge filter for an upcoming shrimp tank I'm planning. Ideally I'd like to have water flowing over moss, on wood. Here is my inspiration photo: I have no delusions that what I'm going to make will come anywhere close to this, but ever since I've seen it, I've been...
  10. Equipment
    Okay, I have seen the diagrams about how sponge filters work with air pumps. And I have seen people say that it's possible to run a sponge filter using a powerhead. I saw a video on YouTube, but the powerhead they used had a bottom that snapped off and then they attached some adapters. Do you...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I was planing on running most if not all my set ups with sponge filters but wanted to know if i would get the same balance of clean n clear water that i get from my HOB filter, not hazy like i see on some tanks.
  12. Tank Journals
    Current as of 10/14/13 Lighting: 28watt 6500k CFL Flora: Anacharis Watersprite Frogbit Marsilea minuta Fauna: 5 Pygmy cories ~10 RCS (PFRs) 1 Bamboo Shrimp Current Tank Shot...
  13. Equipment
    Hey guys, I am currently running a nice little 10g planted tank using a 15w flo, a sponge filter and shrimp substrate from fluval. Nice bit of growth, but now I am setting up a 40gXH (36x12x20) All of my fish buddies think my tank is going to fail because I am planning to use sponge filters...
  14. Low Tech Forum
    Lets get this out there: I'm cheap and kinda broke! But I want to look into getting a cheap sponge filter for my will-be low-tech shrimp tank. I've heard they appreciate that type of filter, especially by eating off the sponge with all the yummy crud that grows on it. However, I know very...
  15. Equipment
    Has anyone successfully mounted the Filter-Max III on the stock green Eheim 2217 intake? I've tried all different combinations of the included adapters, but nothing seems to firmly attach the filter unit to the intake tube. I've resorted to just sticking the sponge on the Eheim strainer, but I...
  16. DIY
    I am wanting to make my own small sponge filters for my 10G planted tanks and in preparation for a CRS breeding tank. I have chosen to use PVC pipe as my main tube and then your basic tubing found at Petsmart for the air to pass through. The problem I am running into is finding foam. I've...
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