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    Would something like this work ok in a shrimp tank? I already have one and was going to put it in with my orange shrimp that should get here sometime this week, but didn't know if it would be ok for them and in the future any possible babies. I already use sponge filters in my other shrimp tank and adf tank, but wanted something unobtrusive and quieter since this will be out in the main living area. Gotta make the husband happy if at all possible.


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  • #2
    That would most likely work. I personally use the tom rapids mini canister filter in my 10g shrimp tank. It gets 80gph and is as quiet as canister filters typically are. The flow is strong for shrimp but I just pointed the spray bar backwards towards the glass. Works great!

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    • #3
      I use plants and a sponge filter in my RCS tank.
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      • #4
        Sponge filters are the best for shrimp, IMO. They may not be the most attractive filters but they are inexpensive and effective. There is also no chance for shrimp to get sucked in to them. I see my shrimp eating off of the sponge filters all the time. http://www.amazon.com/ATI-SPONGE-FIL...+sponge+filter All you do is plug it in to an air pump.
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        • #5
          I use a filter like the one cichlid linked... my other shri p tank is NPT with a bubbler to move water a bit :-)
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          • #6
            I have a Tom mini internal and I love it. I don't use the spray bar though. I isn't use the regular outflow piece.

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            • #7
              Thanks everyone, I'll check into those other options as well.

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              • #8
                How do sponge filters work?

                I will edit - is the sponge the outflow or in flow?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Al :D View Post
                  How do sponge filters work?

                  I will edit - is the sponge the outflow or in flow?
                  What do you mean? Sponge filters work differently than filters that are powered by pumps. Air travels up a tube that displaces water. Water is then sucked in through the sponge to fill the void.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Al :D View Post
                    How do sponge filters work?

                    I will edit - is the sponge the outflow or in flow?
                    This a sponge filter. You attach it to an air pump, it sucks things into the sponge.

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                    • #11
                      I have seen them in discus tanks before, when you say air pump do you mean 'bubbler'?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Al :D View Post
                        I have seen them in discus tanks before, when you say air pump do you mean 'bubbler'?
                        Yes.

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                        • #13
                          Okay, thanks guys, I will do some more research on them as I am thinking of starting a shrimp tank
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                          • #14
                            The air pump aka bubbler creates suction by displacing water. New water is then moved through the sponge and up into the tubing. With a good air pump enough pull to made that will create water current.

                            All filters work differently. They can be mechanical, chemical or biological. A sponge filter is biological as it is able to house bacteria. It is also mechanical as the air pump will move the water through it and create current. What a sponge filter cannot do is chemical. It is unable to hold activated carbon, for example. With the light load of a shrimp tank, a sponge filter with a few plants is all that is needed.

                            Have fun planning and setting up your new shrimp tank!
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