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Old 11-12-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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I was wondering what DIY filter would be ideal for a 2.5 gallon tank. I know it's a small tank, but don't worry I'm not going to overstock it. I have a 30g tank but I don't have the money to fill it. My plan is to start small and work to the 30g. So yeah. Hi everyone
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I'm not too sure what to say about myself other than I love fish!
I was wondering what DIY filter would be ideal for a 2.5 gallon tank. I know it's a small tank, but don't worry I'm not going to overstock it. I have a 30g tank but I don't have the money to fill it. My plan is to start small and work to the 30g. So yeah. Hi everyone
There aren't many fish you can put in a 2.5 gallon. You'd be better off saving up and setting up the 30 gal. For filtering the 2.5 gallon pick up a nano HOB filter. Or run a small sponge filter hooked up to an airpump.

Honestly though, besides a betta and maybe a couple of shrimp you don't have a ton of options in a tank that small.
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Yeah I was planning on just having those fish then move to a 10g when I acquire enough money. Thank you. I think I'll make a small sponge filter.
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Welcome! You're getting your MTS (multiple tank syndrome) going on, I see! I'm interested to watch your progress on your DIY sponge filter.
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Honestly, a store bought sponge filter would be better than a home made one and would work more effectively and efficiently. Sponge filters the size required for a 2ish gallon tank are four dollars and under. Isn't it worth four dollars to make sure your fish has a superior end product? I think it is.

Please use a store bought sponge filter and air pump. That's my recommendation.

Honestly though, the more I think about it, I think a nano HOB would be better. It will disturb the surface of the water less than the sponge filter, allowing the betta to make a bubble nest. (a bit of hornwort floating in the tank would help him do this)

You could use one of these filters:
http://www.bigalspets.com/nano-aquarium-filter.html

Or one of these
http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Prof...um+nano+filter

All three options (sponge, internal, HOB) are viable. All 3 (incl air pump for sponge filter option) will cost you $15-20 all-in.

Don't forget to cycle your tank (using the fishless method where you add ammonia, which is the most humane method) before you put fish in.
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