I have searched high and low for a low cost, 5-gallon aquarium kit that includes a cfl lighting, that includes a filter with decent bio area.
I have looked closely at the eclipse systems and various others, and thought I had settled on a marineland manufactured kit sold under Wal-Mart's brand as the Aqua Culture Home Aquarium Starter Kit 5, which comes with the Aqua Tech Power Filter 5 - 15, which does not appear to be adjustable.
Only thing is this is for a betta, and it seems the flow rate is 100 gph
, which i think is much too strong, most fiters, depending on brand 100 gph
was too strong even in a 10 G tank.
It seemed the max for him was about 7 - 8x per gallon per hour turnover, i.e. 35-40 gph
in a 5G tank or 70 - 80 gph
in a ten gallon tank.
Also, have not been able to find many reviews, but seems there are a significant portion of the few i could find said it does not work properly, clean all that well, or the impeller has to be cleaned often.
Does anyone have this filter in a 5G with a betta?
Is there anything I can do to slow down the flow rate, (besides cutting the impeller, which I understand has to be done evenly on all blades), i.e. can I stuff some poly-fill in there or something?