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Old 03-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #31
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Aquaclears are IMO excellent filters! I'd recommend one for sure. You can use whatever media you want in them.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:49 PM   #32
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Aquaclears are IMO excellent filters! I'd recommend one for sure. You can use whatever media you want in them.
Yes they are but the title says cheap filter. But if the OP is willing to spend a little extra money then an Aquaclear would be great.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:50 PM   #33
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I think a Sponge Filter would be an effective, cheap filter. A 10 gallon would be perfect for one.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:53 PM   #34
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I don't think they are expensive filters.
Amazon.com: AquaClear 20 Power Filter - 110 V, UL Listed (Includes AquaClear 20 Carbon, AquaClear 20 Foam & AquaClear 20 BioMax): Pet Supplies
20 bucks on amazon with free shipping if you can spend 5 bucks more. I find that aqueon filters are okay filters, and half the price as well, but their filter pads are garbage. You can go with one of those but use whatever media you like. Aqueon 10 and aquaclear 20 both have the same GPH.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:40 PM   #35
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That is probably not why your filter is getting clogged but you need the black foam for you bacteria. Those filter bags are just really sucky. They grow slimy stuff very easily. I threw mine away and got a sheet of filter padding and cut my own. I just cut a strip as wide as the plastic thing, folded it over it, secured it with the clip and put it in the filter. Works better. You also need to twist the bottom of the filter off and clean the impeller. That is where the slime starts. It tells you how to do that in the instructions. Or here is a you tube video that shows how.

Cleaning whisper 2-10i internal power filter - YouTube

Once you get rid of what is in the impeller housing and replace the filter you should be good.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #36
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I wish someone had said that in the store. Next water change I'll tear the sucker apart and de-slime it.

You say they grow slime easily? (Sarcasm follows) I totally could not tell with my inch long slime strings. Had no idea.

Those black thingies. Do they sell them at like Petco, or do I have to order them?
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They should sell them at any place they sell the filters. Or you could find any sponge that would fit the frame and glue it on with plain old crazy glue. Or just use a piece of knee high on it and get some bio rings and put them in the bottom of the filter. You just need something with lots of area to hold the bacteria. It will grow on almost anything. The bio sponge is just what Whisper came up with.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:35 AM   #38
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Ok. Thanks. I'll see what I can conjure up.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #39
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Strangely they didn't have the bio-foam at Petco. I got a sponge at Walmart that I'll add. I got a new cartridge that I'll put in with the nasty one for a week or two before removing the old one and putting in the sponge. Hopefully I'll avoid much of a recycle that way.
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Should work out okay. Put the new filter in front of the old so the water flows through the old filter and into the new. Should help the bacteria transfer better.
You may have a little mini cycle but nothing drastic.
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