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I'm thinking of buying the ADA Cube Garden Mini M and also the Solar Mini M light. I want to keep the clean sleek look of the aquarium and that is why I'm having problems picking a filter. I'd like one that is unobtrusive, can hold biological media, and is very quiet. I also think the hang on filters and submersible filters are all too big for the Mini M (14.17in X 8.66in X10.24 in) and will dwarf it. Here are the ones I've considered so far after reading about them in the forums here. If you guys have any input on which one you like best or your experiences with them or if you have other ones to suggest, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

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Azoo Palm. Cheap ($6) and transparent, but I still don't know how I'd like the look of this thing hanging off of the tank. Kind of kills the aesthetics of the tank for me. Also I don't know if it touch the Solar Mini M light since there doesn't look to be much space there. I'll probably get it anyways, if to have as a backup since it's so cheap.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=9821&N=2004+22769

Rapids Mini Canister. Probably the most expensive out of all the ones I'm considering seen at around $25. If I hang it on the back, and I grow some plants high enough, you might not see the unit, only the tubes that go into the tank. However, at 7 inches high, it's almost as big as the tank.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=16742&N=2004+22777

Duetto 50 submersible filter $14. I don't know much about this filter. But with these submersible ones, I don't have to worry about crap hanging off the side of the aquarium, but it may be too big and take up too much space inside the aquarium, or I don't have any plants to cover it up with.

http://www.aquariumguys.com/duetto.html

Hagen Elite Mini $8. Cheap and seems pretty small, I'd still have to find something to hide it behind in the tank. Also it doesn't look like it has a place to put carbon if I wanted to suck up some tannins or something.

http://www.petco.com/shop/product.a...cm_cat=82&cm_pla=994901&cm_ite=994901#details

Cascade 300 internal filter $8. It has a "spray bar". Weeee? At 6 inches high this thing is probably a beast, but you can put a filter sponge and carbon in the 2 compartments. I assume you can put biological media in the one of those compartments instead.

http://www.animalworldnetwork.com/cainfiwispba.html

Fluval 1 Plus $22. Kind of expensive, and doesn't look like it can hold biological media.

http://www.aquariumguys.com/fluvalinternal.html
 

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I have a hagen elite mini on a 5.5 gallon (16x8x10) and my poor little betta finds it far to strong. This is my second one, and everyone I've boughten is missing a piece. I'd choose wisely, and search the box before purchase to make sure they have everything. My current one kind of rattles, but I don't think my previous one was quite as bad as this one is...

As for the Azoo mini, there nice little filters, had one on a 4 gallon filled with shrimp. It did a nice job, though mostly I kept it turned down all the way. I found it a little on the noisy side however.

If it were, me, I'd probably go with the canister filter. Costs a little more, but in the end, it's probably worth it.

(Please note that I've never tried a Rapid's canister, and the only time I saw one in use, I was at a LFS and it was pretty noisy in there, so I couldn't tell if it had a nice hum to it or not.)
 

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Pooky thanks for your input about the Hagen and Azoo! I don't think I'll get the Azoo as I don't want anything even slightly noisy.

FelixAvery, the Eheim is probably more than I want to spend right now, and the tubes it comes with are green? That would detract from the look of my tank, and I guess I'd have to spend more $$$ to replace their tubes. After all the reading I've done on this website, I think I'm going to go with the Zoomed 501 I see people talking about.

Thanks guys!
 

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Just so you know, the ZooMed does not have a lot of flow, something like 40 gal/hour. I use one on a 14 gallon tank but only with the bio-media, so nothing gets plugged up and restricts the flow.
 

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The ADA Cube Garden M is only around 5 gallons. Most of the people on the forums have talked about it's low flow but say that it is okay for a 5 gallon tank. Do you think the 40gph is enough for my 5 gallon? I want keep it lightly to moderately planted, with probably 1 fish like a dwarf puffer.

Just so you know, the ZooMed does not have a lot of flow, something like 40 gal/hour. I use one on a 14 gallon tank but only with the bio-media, so nothing gets plugged up and restricts the flow.
 

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Why would you use a 2215 on such a small tank? 2213 Would be fine.
According to this chart, I guess 2213 and 2215 would be overkill for my puny 5 gallon tank? I will definitely look into getting an Eheim 2211 or 2213 when I can get a bigger tank though. Thanks for the suggestion about the Eheim though Mr Belvedere. (I watched that show growing up) :biggrin:

Classic 2211 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 100 L (30 G)

Classic 2213 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 200 L (55 G)

Classic 2215 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 300 L (75 G)

Classic 2217 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 600 L (160 G)

Classic 2250 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 1000 L (265 G)

Classic 2260 Canister Filter - For tanks up to 1500 L (400 G)
 
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