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  1. Default Filter not good enough?

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    Hi, I am quite new to the aquarium scene so I had a question regarding my filter strength. I did a bit of research and was told that for filters you hang on the inside you should have 8-10x the amount of water in the tank to gallons per hour filtered.

    I bought a 10 gallon tank and it included a filter, Tetra Whisper 2-10i? I did some digging and the Tetra Whisper 10 does 90 gph.

    Is this not good enough?

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    You want twice the filtration of your tank size, so a 10 gallon tank needs at LEAST a filter rated for 20...we use a filter rated for THIRTY gallons on our 10 gallon tank, an AquaClear 30 (AC30)'s a great little filter for a 10 gallon
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    I highly recommend the AC30 for a smaller tank

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    Having double or better filtration is a good practise to have for fishkeeping, one I follow myself.

    Strictly speaking, however, its not necessary. The filter that comes with the tank is sufficient if you stock your tank with that filter in mind. This would mean very low stocking, but can still be done safely. The more fish you have, the more waste you have, the more filtration you need. More filtration gives you freedom to stock your tank as per species and territory requirements, rather than filtration capacity. On the extreme side, technically you don't even need a filter so long as you have sufficient surface area in the tank to house the required amount of beneficial bacteria to consume/convert the waste produced.

    IMO, in a ten gallon, you don't have much wiggle room on stocking no matter how good your filtration is.

    Now, having said all that, I also have an Aquaclear 30 on my (well-to-over stocked) ten gallon as others have suggested above.
    Last edited by sheamurai; 12-06-2013 at 07:54 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies. Atm I have A crowntail betta, which I've had for a while, 2 dwarf corys, a mystery snail and a few ghost shrimp. Will the filter not suffice then?

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    It should be fine for that level of stocking...but if you get an AC30, you would have more filtration and could add a few more fish, if you wish
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

    “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went” - Will Rogers

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    Well my beta seems to not mind the company, he's just more curious than anything so was thinking about maybe getting another cory since they like to school. Might upgrade my filter when that time comes. The filter I have now has a `waterfall` will that provide enough oxygen? Bettas and corys and snails can gulp air, so my logical assumption would be so, but still asking.

    Another thing I was wondering if there will be any problems with having several bottom feeders, on the matter of food. Like i said, 2 corys, a snail and some ghost shrimp. Since the shrimp seem to be very active I'm wondering if they'll clean it all up. (have only had the corys for a day so they are probably adjusting)
    Last edited by fillip; 12-06-2013 at 11:11 PM.

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