02-10-2009, 04:54 AM #1
sponge filter for 3.2 gallon betta tank
next weekend i will be moving my betta into his own 3.2 gal (12 litre) tank
I bought this tank about a year ago and it came with a filter but i also bought this other filter. I had no idea what it was at the time so i stored it. now after some research, I believe it is a sponge filter
Should it just be placed on top of gravel in the tank and left to run, and is that all i will need to run in the tank (no other filters etc)?
Also should I put the sponge in my running tank now to get some bacteria on it?
heres some pictures:
02-10-2009, 05:05 AM #2
Sponge filters are rarely enough for any decent filtration - with only one Betta you might be ok.
I would put the sponge into my current filter to start getting "bacteria-ey"Fish are friends, not an expendable entertainment device!
02-10-2009, 06:29 AM #3
Its not really a traditional sponge filter IME, it looks like a hybrid of sorts between a classic internal box filter and a sponge filter. I like how it has that black base area to put in some bio-media thats crafty. I think that it would do fine...small tanks are mainly dependant on WCs to keep them stable anyway. But this filter, heck a filter of any sort is gonna help alot. If you ever felt like upgrading Im using the Azoo Palm Filter/Red Sea Deco Nano filter and its fabulous for these tiny tanks...a mico spin off to a HOB that just does 15GPH its perfect for small betta tanks IMO.20G Low-Tech|50G High-Tech Planted|50G A.crassipinnis Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted Goldfish Tank
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02-10-2009, 06:41 AM #4
Sponge filters are good, they can be used in larger tanks too. I know several people who just use sponge filters in their 10-20g tanks. They are great for fry tanks as well. Lots of different types of sponge filters.
Anyhow should work well in your tank. You can place it on top of your gravel or even bury the base of it in the gravel.
Adding the sponge to your old tank would work well. It'll definitely help colonize the sponge with bacteria, avoid having to cycle the betta tank when you move it over.
When you do water changes, take the sponge and squeeze/rinse it a few times in tank water that'll help clean it.
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