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Re: sponge filters on powerheads
On 23/2/98, Stephen Pushak <teban at powersonic_bc.ca> wrote:
>...I don't remember the brand name of filter
>sponges that fit nicely into the plastic holder but maybe someone else
>is also using this trick. I believe there are a couple of types of
>sponge filters that just happen to be the right size.
I think you'll find some of the Fluval sponges for their internal filters
will fit the Hagen AquaClear powerheads.
>Another trick: when you remove the filter cannister for cleaning, its
>good to put a jar into the aquarium and drop it into the jar so that a
>stream of gunk doesn't flow out when you lift the filter above the water
This is effectively what is "built in" with the Eheim, Fluval, and many
other internal power filters. They use a sponge filter medium in a
housing which enables their removal from the tank for cleaning without
leaving the gunk in the tank.
Actually the best of these internal filters (I only have lengthy
experience with Eheim internals) are really great filters in that they
work well, take up little space in the tank, and don't require hanging on
the outside of the tank or plumbing with hoses, overflows, etc. I think
they're a really good choice if you want biological filtration in a plant
Some of the Eheims come with 2 sponges in stackable housings. You can add
more sponges and houses, or reduce to one sponge, or even run with no
sponge at all. With these filters you can tailor your flow rate and
biological filtration capacity to your need.
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