It is for small tanks?! I wanted a filter that does well in my 10 gallon fry tank and the pet store says that the SmallWorld filter should be good. Do I need to get another 1 or should it be okay? I'm kind of tight on money (I owe mom $20 already). It also has bubbles coming out of it. If it is okay for my 10 gallon tank, how low or high should I put it? It doesn't give you much direction.
If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, that filter won't be adequate for your ten-gallon. Is it the little rectangular thing with green casing? White sponge on top and black carbon on bottom? Or is it the other way around?
I learned from Gunnie that the rule of thumb for choosing a filter is to multiply your tank capacity (in gallons) by ten. This number will give you a baseline number of gallons per hour (gph) that a filter should pump for your tank. If your tank holds ten gallons, then you should look for a filter that pumps about 100 gph. All filters should have their gph's somewhere on their boxes.
However, if this is a fry tank you're talking about, you'll also want to take precautions with the intake of the filter. I've heard of fry getting sucked up through the piping. People use small-hole mesh, pantyhose, or something similar in order to prevent this and still get water through the filter.
I think a filter for that tank will cost around twenty-five or thirty dollars.
Sorry I was thinking a filter for a smaller tank that's why I was concerned about space.
The Aquaclear 100 will work on your tank and is fairly inexpensive and is a great filter. Drs foster and Smith rate it for a 20G but its gph is rated for a ten I do know the flow rate is adjustable.
That filter won't move enough water for your ten-gallon. The air pump bit will probably only help to oxygenate the water some, which is not the same as actually filtering the water. You need a bona fide filter.
I dunno if you can return it if you opened it, you can always try. Or you can save it for something else; who knows when you may need something like it, you know?
Whisper filters have done well for me. I have four of those, one has been running for a full year so far. And they're pretty quiet. Butterfly recommended the Aquaclear; I have faith in that recommendation. Whatever you get, remember to get a filter that has a gph rating of at least 100. I've never had fry, but I'd imagine that well-filtered water will raise their chances of thriving.
Just my opinion, if you have an air pump then go with one large or two smaller sponge filters because they use an air pump and also oxygenate the water and are fairly cheap, under 10$ by me. If you have the money get the aquaclear like Butterfly recommended since she says it has an adjustable output rate so you can turn it down if it's too strong and can also be used later if you decide to not use it as a fry tank anymore. Just my opinoin.
If you can order online the website I sent you to has sponge filters as well as the aquaclears and they are wonderful to deal with.
Thanks ATM I hadn't thought of the sponge filters. they are cheap and work well also.
I just put a Small World filter in my 2 gallon betta tank today. It had an undergravel filter, but it sucked-- so hopefully this smallworld will work. It is the only kind that will fit my tank b/c of the hood.