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Old 05-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Hello all!
I have a 30 gallon that I am currently cycling with a sponge filter and air pump for bio culturing and chemical filtration.
I am setting up a community tank. I need advice on what type of filter to get for mechanical and chemical filtration that is very low current/agitation since I will be putting my betta in the tank.
The tank measurements are 30 wide, by 13.5 deep, and 17.5 tall.
I plan on using the current sponge as a pre filter to maintain the bacteria colony that I have cultered through cycling the past few weeks.
Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:17 AM   #2
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HalfMoon B,
I'd recommend the power filters from AquaClear......The most "bang for the buck".
Although I think the smallest size filter AquaClear makes is the AC20 which has a flow rate of 100 gph. Maybe too much for a betta? Sorry no experience with Betta's. Maybe somebody else can chime in......with the proper size filter (gph flow rate) for a Betta tank?

I've also had good luck with the Marineland Penguin filters.

GREAT idea using a sponge for a pre-filter!

Goodluck on your Betta tank venture!

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I will look into those. Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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Yep, I agree on the aquaclear. I would recommend the AC50. Plenty of filtering and very customizable if you decide you want your media "just so" LOL

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+1 on carey! Aquaclear are the best!! U can go for Aquaclear70 or larger even if u want they output flow can easily be manipulated to slow them down! I have a Aquaclear 70 for my 10 gallon! My betta is doin well
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Any filter that has low flow will also have low mechanical capability. I use sponges on most of my tanks.
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Any filter that has low flow will also have low mechanical capability. I use sponges on most of my tanks.
Do you only use sponges?
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Do you only use sponges?
I use only sponges in my tanks......Hydro-Sponge 5's.

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I just picked up a ac70 filter off amazon for $39, maybe something you should check out.
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