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Old 08-07-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Filter System for a 1 Gallon Tank

Okay first of all I do not want any criticism for having a small tank. If your going to complain about it, please leave now. Its a tank I enjoy and the fish all seem very happy.
Anyway I won 5 tiny little fish at our local state fair and purchased the 1 gallon starter tank kit they sell at Walmart. It said it came with an under gravel filter system but I don't understand how it works? All it is, is a piece of plastic with holes in it. There is no hook up to anything. How is this supposed to be used?
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Also I did purchase some lily bulbs too. I grew some before but I don't know, does having live plants help the water any?


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That should work, but the bio load is going to be a jerk, but it should still do the job


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Old 08-08-2014, 12:53 AM   #5
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Well I purchased one and I am going to try it out. Should be here in the next few days.


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Old 08-08-2014, 01:34 AM   #8
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An under gravel filter works by pulling water through the gravel and through that lift tube. The gravel in the tank acts as the filter media. It's hard to clean but it works.

What are you going to do when the gold fish grow a bit? Do you have testing equipment for the tank?
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It is like Mebbid said with the UG. That tank comes with a little airstone that sits at the bottom of the tube.
As for that other little filter, will it work? Depends on what you want. Is it enough for 5 goldfish? No. It will also take up space in an already small space. Will it move around the water in there and pull it through a filter pad? Yes.
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The only thing the setup I have now is bubble the water. It doesn't do anything besides push water out. The under gravel "filter" does nothing and I am left with cloudy water. All I want is for the filter to keep the water clear.


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