A Fluval Hob Filter Or Sponge Filter?

ruby_cichlid

I bought a regular 30 gal fluval aquaclear HOB filter but recently obtained a sponge filter and was wondering which one is best for my 20 gal.

I've heard the sponge filter is better and reduces cloudy water but i've also heard plenty of good things with fluval's products so i'm in a toss up between the two
 

Cichlidude

Heck, just use both.
 

ruby_cichlid

Now that I think about it, that's not a half bad idea. I can use the extra filtration and aeration since the tank is pretty warm
 

Homeslice

Agreed. I have never, ever looked at my tank and thought "**** that water just looks TOO clear!".
 

ccb04

Yep...simply use one filter on each end of the tank. The AquaClear will afford you media versatility. The sponge will provide aeration & very good biological filtration...as well as additional mechanical filtration.
 

Islandvic

An Aquaclear 30 is a great choice for your 20g!

I have 2 on my 20g.

Like others stated, use that in combo with the sponge filter. You will have a healthy and great 20 gallon that way.

This is how I have one of mine set up.


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This one has Seachem Matrix. My other AC30 has a bag of Seachem Purigen and a mix of Matrix and Fluval Bio-Max.

Both use sponge pre-filters on the intake tubes.

That is why I cut the sponge on the bottom of the basket in half. I also did that to fit more media in the basket.
 

ruby_cichlid

Ohhh I went ahead and added the sponge filter to my 20 gal along with the regular filter, I think I'm beginning to like these sponge filters
 

Islandvic

Let the sponge filter run a couple of weeks.

When you clean it the first time, you will be amazed the amount of muck it traps !

What kind did you get?
 

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