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Old 02-17-2013, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hey all. I am reading AdKonings Lake Tang Cich book. He recommends using a sponge filter not having to be cleaned or replaced 6 mths to a year. Is he referring to a prefilter for can or air driven? Also what is a good sponge
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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Check out the per-filters and sponge filters at:

http://www.americanaquariumproducts....ngefilter.html

Check out the info on the left hand side also.

I like sponge filters, although not as the primary method of filtration. They are quite efficient biological filters. I use them with powerheads attached.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #3
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Thank You. I have tried a few as prefilter to my canisters was bad idea. How often are you having to clean or replace sponge
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #4
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I take it out and squeeze/rinse it out about once a month in conditioned water or clean tank water.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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Wonder what sponge he is referring to that lasts a year
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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i use the hydro sponges in my tanks and love them. 1 small CYCLED hydro sponge was enough filtration to hold a 20 gallon tank at 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and 20 nitrate. I had about 20 fry / juvies in the tank. These things hold alot of beneficial bacteria. I just purchased 5 more and I will use them in all of my tanks.

Maybe he means the hydro sponge will last a year before it starts falling apart. I highly doubt he meant u don't have to clean them. They get gunked up fairly quick
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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You are probably right. I just ordered pro v and cobalt power head
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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How big is your tank? BTW I use the Filter Max II connected to the powerhead to create flow along the bottom of the tank to keep it clean. Check out all the fittings in the pre-filter section. You can securely put the the powerhead on with these fittings and there are adapters and right angles, etc.
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You are probably right. I just ordered pro v and cobalt power head
ur gonna love them. So much easier to clean than HOB filters, and if u ever want to start a new tank or fry tank, just squeeze the sponge filter in the new tank water and place it in the tank. you are instantly cycled
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You can put a clean sponge filter from a cycled tank into a new tank and yeah you are pretty much cycled. The BB lives in the pores of the sponge not in the water column. Don't squeeze the gunk into a new tank. Your fish will create the ammonia needed to feed the Beneficial Bacteria.
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