View Full Version : Good, Small Filter Recomendations

11-13-2009, 02:26 AM
Some of you may know that the tank I got for Moose came with a defunct filter. I ordered another one from Tetra but it arrived and was far too big with a current that just whipped poor Moose around like a rag doll. I emailed the company I got the system from (Marineland. I got it from Amazon wharehouse deals so it was very cheap) and I'm going to see what they have to say. If they won't replace it and I can't afford to buy a new one from them I was curious if any of you had any good filter recommendations for a small tank. Mine is 3 gallons. If it helps it currently has a single betta and is planted with two anubias but I'm about to add some java moss and some crypts. Hopefully I'll get to Petsmart (my only fish store option in the area unfortunately) this weekend and pick up a filter that will fit and see if they have a mystery snail I could put in the tank with him.

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11-13-2009, 12:11 PM
What about something along these lines:



I haven't used this one, but it might be small enough. I have some 2.5g mini bows (about $40 new) that have built in filters. Those worked good for our bettas, but I just moved them to divided 10g's to make it easier to maintain things (w/o so many tanks going).

11-13-2009, 12:50 PM
The above is the Azoo Palm filter. I have two of them and they work great for small tanks, Betta included. The flow can be altered using the little knob on the top of the intake pipe.

A couple more options are using a standard HOB filter and using my DIY diffuser (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=44359) or using a sponge filter and air pump. I use one of THESE (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3579+3954&pcatid=3954&r=485) in one of my small Betta tanks. I just use a old, tiny air pump that I got in a tank kit to power it.

Have you taken the Eclipse hood apart to see why it's not working? There's only two moving parts. The impeller and the Bio-wheel, the latter moves with water flow. The impeller could be stuck. While it's plugged in, with some water in the filter, try to turn the impeller with a pencil or small, clean screwdriver. Impellers have a tendency to get 'stuck' in between the poles of the magnetic field created by the impeller drive so they won't run, all it takes is a little push to get them going again.


11-13-2009, 04:56 PM
I'll look up on those different options while I wait to hear back from Marineland. I've messed around with the impeller for days and just nothing. The company said that the motor that powers the whole thing is dead because it doesn't make a sound, and it never worked. Simply never did a thing no matter what I did. If they can't give me a good deal on a filter I'll probably go with the little Azoo filter. Thanks!