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Old 10-11-2005, 08:38 PM   #1
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best small filter

Little Depot the goldfish is outgrowing her tank and I'm getting a bigger tank in a week or so. Does anybody have any suggestions on a good filter that is small and simple? I'm in a dorm room so I don't want a big elaborate setup, and I'll probably change the water often anyway but I want a filter in the new tank. I have no knowledge of what types of filters are out there as I've never had one in with my fish but I know I don't want charcoal and cotton like my mom's tank has. Is there any other kind even?
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What size tank are you getting?
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Aqua Clear makes many filters for different sizes of tanks. You don't have to use carbon in the filter, you can use the sponge that comes with it and filter floss which is pure polyester batting. It can be purchased from walmart as pillow filling, as long as there are no additives in it. I have 2 of these filters and find them very easy to maintain and clean.
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She's in a five gallon, I know its small for a goldfish but she was small enough until this year, I recently took her out of the pond. She's only in it in winter and then in a outdoor pond in summer. I think maybe just a longer tank, ten or twenty gallons.
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For a 20 Gallon you might try a Penguin 150B Power Filter (Marineland), they are for the most part top of the line. Since it's a gold fish, I might suggest the 200 model insted since it's a little stronger of a filter. If you want to get a larger tank, I might suggest getting the larger 350 model. They are cheaper then the Tetra Whisper models you find in most Walmart and pet stores, and a lot more effective.

Here are some links for the Penguin 150B / Penguin 200B / Penguin 350B

As for tank. If you can afford it, I would suggest a 29 gallon tank. It will help keep the stress down, and you can LIGHTLY stock it with some friends for your goldfish year round.
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No offense to CompMage, but I have another suggestion . While the Penguin filters work fine, for a little more money you can get better quality AquaClear filters as Zagz mentioned. It's always worth looking into. I would go for the AquaClear myself, and they seem to have a wider range of filters (not to mention cheaper media [at least where I live]). HTH
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Online, the aquaclears are downright cheap. It has a pull out tray on the aquaclear mini. Sponge on the bottom, room for the porous biomedea, AC or floss above it. I have a AC mini on a 10 gal tank, its doing a great job. Small, but effective.

Oh, and adjustable water flow too!
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Personally I would go with the 20 gallon tank and an AquaClear filter. I own a couple of Penguins and while they are perfectly adequate I prefer the media options that the AquaClear filters offer. You definitely want the best filtration possible since goldfish generate a lot of waste.
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Online, the aquaclears are downright cheap. It has a pull out tray on the aquaclear mini. Sponge on the bottom, room for the porous biomedea, AC or floss above it. I have a AC mini on a 10 gal tank, its doing a great job. Small, but effective.

Oh, and adjustable water flow too!
Not just online! Just go to the Aquaclear HOB filters page on Petsmart.com and print it out. Take the page to your local Petsmart and they will price match in the store. That way you get the filter ASAP and you don't have to pay shipping. I did this 3 days ago and in my research I couldn't find anything cheaper (with shipping) online.
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Ok ...diligently writing down brand names and models to check out. As for the actual tank, something cheap that holds water will do for me. I don't plan to buy anything online as that complicates things further. Thanks for suggestions everybody. Do you guys have any idea how many tank decorations I'm going to come out of the store with once I walk in!?!
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