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    I bought Petsmarts, 5.5 beginner aquarium kit and it came with a topfin 10 filter that just quit on me after running for only two weeks; I unplugged it because it was running loudly (which fixed this problem the first time I had it start clunking on me a week ago) and then when I plugged it back in it just wasn't running at all, and after plugging and unplugging a lot it's now running but not so smoothly - so after work I'm going to go get a new filter and was wondering what people would recommend?

    I haven't been finding my 10 filter too strong; mostly just in front of it my betta is pushed around a bit - he likes to swim into it tbh.

    I've been looking at the QuietFlow 10, or AquaClear if it comes that small

    Also would I be able to just take the spongy filter media out of my TopFin filter and put it in whatever filter I buy?

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    I have this one on my 5.5G, works great, adjustable flow, easy maintenance:

    https://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-20-.../dp/B000260FVG

    You will pull the sponge from the plastic frame from the Whisper filter, and add it to the media basket in the AC20
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    Second that. Ac20. Can adjust flow and customize media


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    I also have the AC20 on my 5.5g and it works very well.

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    A sponge filter would work for a betta too. If you have an air pump it would be more than enough filtration for a 5.5 gallon tank, rated for up to 10 gallons and very low maintenance-just squeeze it in a bowl of tank water when you do a water change. I have two set up on my 5.5 gallon shrimp tanks and have had them since late November without maintenance yet

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    Here is the one tank-you can't see the sponge anymore cause of the plant, lol

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    I vote for AC20. Also I have used a Fluval u1 as well, for smaller tanks as a internal filter.

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    So my topfin just has a spongy bag of carbon that won't fit in my ac20; I just started cycling yesterday so is it okish if I just switch the whole filter out?

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    Just to be clear is the tank doing fishless or fish in cycle??

    For me I would chuck the carbon out. And order some ceramic bio media. And add a polishing pad for the new filter of you go ac20.


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    This is all that was in my topfin filter - and the spongy bag is full of black stuff; my fish is in the tank but I had put off testing my ammonia and stuff until yesterday (I'm a bad seed) and my ac20 came with inserts and the topfin bag won't fit in the basket with the new inserts but I'm worried about losing my nitrates since the tank has been running for 2 weeks

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