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  1. I know that Cory is in favor or Coarse filters. I recently heard Jason from Prime Time Aquatics discuss in a video the differences (pros and cons) between fine and coarse filters. I see that Jason is in favor of the Fine Sponge Filters. I was wondering if any of you have tried both and can state which one you prefer and why?
  2. How many of the Aquarium Co-Op Large Sponge filters would you recommend in a 55g quarantine tank? Is one sufficient?
  3. I had 2 nano sponge filters going in my planted shrimp tank. They got covered in black beard algae. I also had a big problem with planaria, which were feeding off the filters (and everything else). I removed the sponge filters, but would like to use them again in another shrimp set up. How can I prevent black beard algae on other sponge filters?
  4. I'm wanting to purchase sponge filters with air stones for my 75g Betta community as well as my 20g betta tank I already have HOB so the sponge filter will just be an additional filter for over filtration and surface agitation as well as Oxygenation, will I need 2 Med size for my 75g or will 1 be enough since I already have 2 HOB in that 2 tank? It is HEAVILY planted Thank you so much for any advice Tara
  5. I was wanting to set up a second sponge filter in my 36 gallon bowfront. I've heard of two ways to do this. One way is to use a splitter and the other way is just to stack the filters together. What's the difference and is one better than the other?
  6. Evening everyone, this may sound silly. I have a sponge filter that stopped bubbling bubbles. Air pump is working. I Cleaned the sponge yesterday. Today no bubbles. Anyone have this happen to them before?
  7. Hi all! I am replacing my HOB with Large sponge filters on my 75. How long do I wait before I can take off my HOB. I have 2 Sponge filter in the tank for one week now. And 2 HOB's. One HOB has crushed coral, so Ill be keeping that and maybe just have one Sponge filter. Thanks for any advice!
  8. As you can see, there is a white dot on the sponger filter and the heater. I don’t know what this is. I have a nerite snail, a betta, 5 Pygmy corydoras, and some black bugs in the surface glass.
  9. Getting a new 20g tank tomorrow. Dropped a brand new sponge filter in my well established and cycled 75g this evening. 1. How long does the sponge filter need to be running on the air pump in my old tank before it’s going to be useful when I transfer it to “cycle” my new tank for me? I’ll be filling half of the 20 with water (I know this doesn’t hold much good bacteria) from my 75 and moving a few plants over too. 2. Does a separate sponge from my old canister filter that’s been sitting on the bottom of my 75 (not attached to air) also have good bacteria in it? It’s been in for weeks.
  10. Hello! I've got a JBL 28gal nano cube tank with 25 white clouds. Algae has been a problem, so has the water quality. The ecology doesn't seem well established after almost 6 months with recurring spikes in nitrates and nitrites. The tank has a built-in overflow style filter powered by a pair of pumps in the outside chambers that returns the water after it passes through the filter chamber. The removable chamber holds ceramic cylinders plus 3 chunks of porous foam. I'm wondering if this method of filtration doesn't work as well as it should? I could easily replace it with a pair of sponges and shut that mess down. I have been introducing plants that struggle with hair algae almost constantly on the growth. Thoughts on the filtration greatly appreciated! Perry
  11. Guppies everywhere. I use a Betta bow 2.5 to grow my male guppy fry for a few extra weeks before taking to LFS. I separate as soon as I can tell with a magnifying glass usually 4 weeks to prevent further breeding. Both of my sorority tanks are full. Local LFS has recently had a complete employee turnover. Their tanks went from pristine to frightening diseased mass dead fish, snail and shrimp graveyards. I cannot in good conscience take my babies there...good excuse for yet another tank...ROFL I bought a cheap 10 gal and glass lid. Used 2 of my extra AQueon clip on plant grow lights. All the gravel decor plants etc and nano ACO coarse sponge from the 2.5. I pulled an extra medium from a tank I keep for pulling in case of hospital need. I supplemented with gravel plants and such from other well established tanks. I decided to be brave based on all @Cory videos and only run ONLY sponges which I have never done. Always only supplement cans or hobs with sponges. So far zero issues stable never an off reading I’m a daily tester...retired bored love my tanks. Current stock males guppy fry 5 weeks and my breeding pair of clear gold iridescent honey Carmel spire bladder snails...they will produce quickly in a fry tank always do. The question after painfully long unnecessary explanation I would like to rehouse 2 magenta mystery snails both males to this new setup. Can the sponge filters medium and nano handle the load. I’m not experienced with not exporting the waste into hob or cans. Do I need to use larger I have another new unseasoned medium and a large ACO coarse i have multiple extra hobs I could add if needed but I’m really interested to learn the sponge only thing.
  12. I have a Tetra whisper 60 air pump and I am setting up a 29 g planted tank. Is that going to be too much flow for a medium Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter. I am going to use it with an airstone and the pump will be right underneath the tank, so less then 4 foot away.
  13. Do I need to sterilize my sponge filter that was in my quarantine tank before I put it back in my main tank?
  14. I have a tidal 35 hob filter. When you pull the media basket out , the water flows through the sponges backwards, effectively back washing the filter media to some extent. What comes out is a lot of algae, plant detritus, and probably some fish poop. This water does not really have any positive value to the filter and can/ should be removed, correct? I mainly want to confirm my understanding. That the bacteria in the sponge is the most important thing so not touching the sponge as often could be good. Then by back washing it could just make it not clog as quickly with detritus which also could be good. Thank you
  15. I just bought a medium sponge filter to replace my air stone. However I forgot to fit the piece of plastic tube at the top. Does this part serve an important purpose or can I just leave it as is?
  16. Is there any way to chase the shrimp out of a sponge filter before maintenance? Moving it a bit gets the big ones off but the shrimplets just burrow into the sponge deeper it seems.
  17. I have 2 AquaClear 50's on my new 75g. I'm really tempted to replace them with 2 large sponge filters. Also looking at Nano circulation pump...... I have 480 gpm that is way to much. IDK I wanna do it, but do I neeeeeeeed to? LOL Im thinking I can afford to do it, so just do it. Okay, I talked myself into it. Tank does not look as good now. Lost some fish and running meds as I some how managed to introduce "something" in my tank, so I'm working on that now.
  18. Hey everyone, I recently purchased a good bit of sponge filter media and put some in my filter intake. I was wondering if it's beneficial to also put some sponge filter media into a HOB filter in addition to filter cartridges I'm using. I don't know if there's such a thing as 'over filtering' but just wanted to check if this is beneficial or if I am wasting my sponge filter media. The sponge filter media just sits on the bottom of the HOB filter and some water passes through it in addition to filter cartridge. I figured it gives more surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow and will help filter the water some more. Is this correct? The pieces of sponge filter media are around 4-5 inches across and currently has some muddy looking stuff on it. I'm guessing it's decaying bio-mass from plants?
  19. I have a nano sponge filter that has bubbles escaping from under the top. I've checked the air stone - it's not crooked. I've adjusted the length of the tubing to almost non-existent to about 1" and it keeps happening. Is there something else I can try?
  20. I want to swap out my old pre-filter sponge for an Aquarium Co-Op medium size (it's a snugger fit on my intake and I had a bladder snail casualty with my old sponge when it fell out of whack, I want to make sure no fish or fry will suffer the same fate). I'm trying to prevent any blips in the cycle and moved the old prefilter sponge to my air stone. Here's the caveat: I only run my air stone at night, and I run pressurized CO2 for six hours during the day. Do I have to keep the air stone running 24/7 for the old sponge to still have any biofilter benefit, or can I keep my set-up? I just want to make sure my new pre-filter is seeded extremely well before removing anything.
  21. I'm sure this has been answered a zillion times, but couldn't easily find the answer on the forum. I preparing to upgrade my Betta's 3 gallon to a 9 gallon. I have the future new sponge filter running in another older, fully cycled 5 gallon tank. My question is about how long does it usually take for the new sponge filter to get "seasoned" with beneficial bacteria from the older tank so that when I set up the new 9 gallon, I've got a chance of avoiding new tank syndrome? Does there have to be visible gunk?
  22. So my 55s filter is on the brink of death and I want to put sponge filters in and I want to use coops but larges are out of stock and I was wondering if 4 mediums would do since it’s the same volume as 2 larges and I can’t really wait for them to come into stock since the filter is about to die
  23. I want to install a air stone in my sponge filter but it has that plastic tube could I just cut it off with some wire cutters and install and air stone.
  24. So I would like some advice. I have a rabbit snail in a QT Tank right now. This weekend, I am getting a seeded sponge to start my aquarium. I am leaving Memorial Day weekend from Friday-Monday to go on vacation. What should I do to make sure they bacteria from the sponge has food? Should I leave some algae wafers on the bottom to add a bit ammonia? Would that hurt the snail to leave the food in there for 4 days? Would they bacteria be fine living off of the sponge and the snail poo? I'm overprotective, aren't I? Haha
  25. I am going to break down my quarantine tank with a small sponge filter that I want to put in my main tank as it is full of bacteria and in case I need to re-establish another tank. I recently bought 4 Oto’s and the first day added the trio of meds recommended by aquarium coop- ich x, maracyn, paracleanse. Three died within 24 hours and the fourth died five days later. Is the filter ok to put in the main tank or is that a horrible idea? I had previously quarantined four angelfish in there and everything was perfect. Water parameters good. I have no idea what happened to make the Oto’s kick off, very disappointing. Penny for your thoughts peeps and thx for your help
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