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Re: Sponge filters any preferred types-brands?
"Mach T. Fukada" wrote:
> I have been using medium sized criter keepers (plastic tanks with covers)
> that are about 2 gallons. They are a pain to heat individually, but are
> nice as they have a tight fitting cover and are OK for most things, but
> they scratch easily...
I find I must cover them with Saran o/e for many Bettas and other species
sensitive to humidity and/or surface temp. Otherwise evaporation is horrid.
I have found the USA and Japanese models are rugged, but all mine that came
from from Malaysia crack very easily (check the bottom embossing).
Last, but not least, for those of us *not* from Hawaii (where *everything*
is expensive), is that they usually cost way too much for their useful
My favorite smaller containers are clear (sic) shoeboxes. The "Aero"s with
the clear attached hinged lid are nice, but the old really clear ones are
hard to beat. You just can't find them any more, AFAIK.
I'm very partial to the 2-3G glass vertical drum bowls. They too may need a
plastic flower-pot saucer as cover, but the small lower footprint makes for
a great peat confiner for Nothos. Which brings us back to filters...
> >For a 10-gal tanks, Tetra Billi or Brilliant filters work the best. They
> >are slightly more expensive but, in my opinion, worth it!
The Tetra Billis are under $5 at most mail-order houses, and are perfect for
the vertical drum bowls mentioned above.
I like the current design of the Jungle "Dirt-Magnet Jr." for most smaller
containers. They are under $3, usually, and can be cut down to even work
nicely in a shoebox.
The only design running the airline outside the lift tube I recall is the
Lee, which I don't think I liked quite as well.
> >By the way, does anyone have a source for 2 - 2.5-gal tanks?
> >Bill Shenefelt wrote:
> >> What "brand" or type of sponge filter is preferred for use in 2 - 5 -10 gal
> >> tanks for killies. I find Hagen, tetra,lee and a few others for sale at
> >> some of the supply houses but no pictures or information. I would think
> >> dark coarse sponge and air tube outside of the water lift tube but dont know
> >> one brand from another.
> >> Bill Shenefelt
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