How To Filter A 1.5g... No Sponge Filters

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Fahn, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    I purchased and set up a very small 1.5g tank. I really like the nano aquascape and would like to filter it without disrupting the scape. Sponge filters are bulky, and also create a lot of splashing. What are my options on such a tiny tank?

    (Will be for shrimp only) IMG_20180411_193451.jpg
     
  2. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I use an Aqueon Internal 3 on my 2.5 gallon, and it has very low flow, I recommend it.
     
  3. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Anything that can take up virtually no space in the tank?
     
  4. david1978

    david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    How about something like this?
     
  5. B1GD4DDY

    B1GD4DDYValued MemberMember

    I found some small HOB filters on Amazon. This one is rated for up to 7 gallons.
     
  6. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    I use one on my 2.5g. The intake and hardware is really bulky.

    Are there any good DIY filters?
     
  7. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    It's about 2 inches by 1 and a half inches, and six inches tall.
     
  8. B1GD4DDY

    B1GD4DDYValued MemberMember

    I imagine you could make a small canister filter or modify the listed one to have smaller intake and hardware...
     
  9. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    I went back and forth on this for a long time for my 1 gallon buce scape, eventually decided on no filter. The hobs were too bulky and canisters too powerful for such a tiny tank.
    Yours is slightly larger though, so the Azoo mignon 60 might be okay :)
     
  10. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    How often would water changes be necessary with just a handful of shrimp?
     
  11. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    I know the King of DIY had a video about a diy HOB, if that's something you might be interested in... I can't remember the name, I think it was just DIY filters and it had a few. With a handful of shrimp, I'm not sure, weekly, maybe even monthly depending on the exact number. I guess just go by the nitrates, depending on the shrimp keep it either below 10 or 20.

    Also your tank looks absolutely amazing!
     
  12. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Monthly perhaps? Depending on plant mass
     
  13. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    I checked out the Azoo Mignon 60, seems to be what I'm looking for.
     
  14. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Azoo makes awesome nano filters.

    You could have a tiny circulation pump and just fill the corner with moss.
     
  15. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Alright, my Azoo Mignon arrived today and... it's too big. I guess I'm either making a very tiny sponge filter or using no filter at all.
     
  16. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Ok, I redid the aquascape to make room for more plants. Will this setup cause any issues?

    IMG_20180419_205854.jpg
     
  17. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    I don't believe so :)
     
  18. Lorekeeper

    LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    You should be fine without a filter, IMO. I'd just make sure to keep feedings down (if you feed), and to probably stock some fast-growing plants. You could get away with monthly WCs, but I'd probably do one every 2-3 weeks, depending on the size of you colony and your plant mass.

    A DIY canister wouldn't be a horrible idea. You could modify it to add a gallon or two to your water volume, and only have a couple small tubes in your tank. If you choose a dark tubing, you could even have it completely blend into a background. It's not necessary, but it'd definitely add some stability.
     
  19. OP
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    Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Fast growing plants I have. I just didn't want to put anything in that would take away from the scale of the aquascape.

    I'll look into diy canisters. Think I could make one that just uses airline tubing?
     
  20. Lorekeeper

    LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    Not sure on JUST airline tubing, but I know the King of DIY has some canisters made with PVC and a single pump. Probably a $20-30 project, since you'd just need some cheap PVC and an off-brand pump from amazon.
     
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