Best Hob Or Other Filter For Betta Tank?

ValerieAdams
  • #1
So I’m redoing my 5 gallon betta tank. I’m putting in CaribSea Super Natural sand as the substrate and will probably do a crypt or fake plants as the lighting is low in it. I also plan on adding a MTS to help stir the sand and possibly a nerite or mystery snail. That being said, what are the best HOB filters? Or are other filters better for a betta tank? Right now it has an internal tetra filter and I hate it lol. It takes up so much space inside the tank.
 
Lorekeeper
  • #2
The Azoo Mignon 60 would be my vote.

Either that, or modify an Aquaclear 10 to have much slower flow.
 
KeegansTropiks
  • #3
Good hang on filters are ones that water flows up in the chamber and not back to front as this allows more room for water to pass through to media.
I use a fluval Edge HOB that came with my tank and it works great however a HOB for a 5 gallon needs to have adjustable flow as bettas cannot take too much current and a 5 gallon is very hard to control.
Have u tried a corner filter? They can be tucked into a corner and filter tank without causing too much circulation.
Hope this helped.
 
Mr. Kgnao
  • #4
In my Betta tank I just use a sponge filter, seems to work fine.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Good hang on filters are ones that water flows up in the chamber and not back to front as this allows more room for water to pass through to media.
I use a fluval Edge HOB that came with my tank and it works great however a HOB for a 5 gallon needs to have adjustable flow as bettas cannot take too much current and a 5 gallon is very hard to control.
Have u tried a corner filter? They can be tucked into a corner and filter tank without causing too much circulation.
Hope this helped.

I haven’t heard of a corner filter, I will look into them. Do you know any HOB filters that have an adjustable flow?
 
Cardeater
  • #6
I normally recommend Aquaclears for HOB threads but for your situation, I think the sponge filter for the Betta is a good recommendation. Bettas don't like high flow so the sponge filter is great for aeration and filtering with a low flow.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
I should also add that this is going in my bedroom so I want one relatively quiet
 
Cardeater
  • #8
I should also add that this is going in my bedroom so I want one relatively quiet

I recall that there was a discussion about noise in another thread a month ago.

Basically, it depends on what bothers you more. Some people get annoyed by an air pump and /or bubbles. Others don't mind it. The same can be said for the waterfall sound HOBs make.
 
KeegansTropiks
  • #9
I should also add that this is going in my bedroom so I want one relatively quiet

There are many adjustable HOB filters out there but only a few are suitable to smaller aquariums.
Hang in filters tent to be more noisy though, I have a fluval Edge 12 gallon and the filter is fairly noisy but I’m used to it I guess.
Sponge or corner filters use a bubbles pulling up water in through the filter to filter your water thus their is no mechanical parts moving like the propeller in the HOB filter thus no noise.
For a 5 gallon anyway sponge or corner filter is best for what you want.
 
imba
  • #10
I normally recommend Aquaclears for HOB threads but for your situation, I think the sponge filter for the Betta is a good recommendation. Bettas don't like high flow so the sponge filter is great for aeration and filtering with a low flow.

I agree with this. Best HOB? I think that's Aquaclear 20 for a 5.5 gallon. But modifications need to be done to lessens the flow. Even on lowest setting, it is still too strong for a Betta imo.

Best filter for a Betta would be a sponge filter.
 
E150GT
  • #11
Sponge would work great but it might be too noisy. I would say an internal filter. I use a penguin 75 with my 5 gallon and I used to have a betta. It worked well. He would get blown around a bit if he swam in front of the outlet but he had plenty of space to swim at his leisure. He like to explore quite a bit.
 
-Mak-
  • #12
Someone above said Azoo mignon 60, I agree. It's the smallest available HOB I've seen and has adjustable flow. The media that comes with it is just sponge, so I cut the sponge in half, put it in the bottom of the chamber, and on top of that I put bio media.
 

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