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Old 02-20-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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Double Sponge Filter vs. Single Sponge?

I was wondering what experience you guys have single sponge vs. double sponge filters? I'm going to purchase one for my fry/quarantine tank, and couldn't find anything online that explained the difference. I know a double can't use an airstone, but a single can- what does an airstone do for a tank? I've heard it makes it less noisy... but I'm not sure.
Just basic pros and cons would be great.
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I never knew there was either type! Got any links?
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Here are some pictures, but that's all I've got.

Single:

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...act=mrc&uact=8

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http://www.tropicalfishsite.com/wp-c...nge-filter.jpg
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Well, more surface area with two but as long as you have the flow. With any filter when you increase the media, flow should increase as well.

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Old 02-24-2017, 10:53 AM   #5
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Okay, thank you! I think I'll go with a double then.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:03 PM   #6
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Double Sponge Filter vs. Single Sponge?

With the double you can clean one and not the other and worry less about your tank re-cycling from removing to much beneficial bacteria.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:43 PM   #7
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That's very convenient! Thank you for the help, I'm 100% sure I want a double sponge filter now.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:29 PM   #8
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If it's for a fry tank I'd definitely use the single. I think that double is designed for use with a powerhead and it would blow your poor fry all over the place! Running a sponge with an airpump, you could vertically stack two sponges if you're set on double ( or even just use two single sponges and run them on one airpump). I think ATI Hydro sells a regular model sponge with a base and a 'stackable' sponge meant to connect right on top of another, and that also gives you the benefit of adding another spot for fry to hide between the two!
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The doubles will work with air pump as well as power head. If used for fry tank with air pump would be no more circulation than a single.
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