Cartridge Vs Sponge Filter

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Nate C, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Nate CValued MemberMember

    So last week at my LFS I mentioned that I was getting armano shrimp and he said to get a sponge filter because the cartridge would suck up the shrimp. ~10 days later (today) I got the shrimp. Took out the cartridge filter to be safe. Should I put it back it back in? Or did the guy at the store give me good advice
  2. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    My only worry would be that the tank is going to go through a mini cycle if the sponge filter didn't have enough time to build up some bb in it.

  3. Nate CValued MemberMember

    I am adding BB

  4. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    I would think it would be fine then :)

  5. FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Sponge filters are better for shrimp tanks. They are safe and give the shrimp a surface to graze for algae and biofilm on.
  6. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree sponge filters are much better fpr shrimp
  7. Nate CValued MemberMember

    Ok. For a 20 long I have a sponge filter large Enough for a 40 gallon tank. Should I have it on low, medium or high
  8. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    Depends on how powerful the air pump is really. I usually put mine around medium.
  9. Nate CValued MemberMember

    Ok thanks.
  10. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Just want to say, "cartridge" filter is more commonly known as HOB :)

    As mentioned for a shrimp tank sponge is best. However for HOBs, you can add a pre-filter sponge. This is what I do with my 40 breeder, I have an AC110 and have a breeding colony(50+) of sakura red cherry shrimps
  11. BluMan1914Well Known MemberMember

    You can also put a nylon stocking around your intake tube. Buy one at the grocery store for about a 1$.
  12. purslanegardenWell Known MemberMember

    Just add a prefilter sponge or some other protection on your cartridge filter. You can continue using it.
  13. Nate CValued MemberMember

    I already have the sponge so should I use just the sponge because my HOB filter is kinda junky anyways
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
  14. Al913Fishlore VIPMember


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