XY-2831 Sponge Filter Review

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Once again I have made a video review of another product that I have purchased. This time, it's the XY-2831 Sponge Filter.

[video=youtube;3rw4H0FVUvE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rw4H0FVUvE[/video]

In case you can't watch the video, here are the cliff notes

1) For less than $4, it's an absolutely fantastic product.

2) it provides mechanical and biological filtration, as well as aeration

3) There is a LOT of surface area for Beneficial Bacteria to collect on.

4) You will need an air pump, airline hose (also recommend a check valve) to go along with it.

5) the filter is rated for up to a 10 gallon aquarium

6) It does not come with a recommenced parameter for airline flow or PSI, but most people go with the pump rated for 10 gallon aquariums.

7) The sections of the filter are adjustable



This is a fantastic product. A must buy for anyone who has a shrimp tank.
 

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I use the single sponge version, it is a good product! Only complaint I could make is that the included suction cups lose their pliability rather quickly so that it's impossible to reseat them.
 

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cheesepuff said:
Once again I have made a video review of another product that I have purchased. This time, it's the XY-2831 Sponge Filter.

[video=youtube;3rw4H0FVUvE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rw4H0FVUvE[/video]

In case you can't watch the video, here are the cliff notes

1) For less than $4, it's an absolutely fantastic product.

2) it provides mechanical and biological filtration, as well as aeration

3) There is a LOT of surface area for Beneficial Bacteria to collect on.

4) You will need an air pump, airline hose (also recommend a check valve) to go along with it.

5) the filter is rated for up to a 10 gallon aquarium

6) It does not come with a recommenced parameter for airline flow or PSI, but most people go with the pump rated for 10 gallon aquariums.

7) The sections of the filter are adjustable



This is a fantastic product. A must buy for anyone who has a shrimp tank.
Thank you for sharing this. Received my first ones and wondered what the black spigot on top was for. Now I know.
 

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I have one of these in my 10 gallon, and it works great for me! I use it with a Tetra Whisper air pump, and it's very quiet.


Also for people looking at sponge filters, I wanted to say...We got one of those little corner sponge filters for my boyfriend's 5 gallon, and I don't think I would recommend it. It seemed like a great idea- it's a small tank, the filter is small and shaped to fit in the corner. Well the problem is that if your airline tubing is not perfectly straightened out, or gets moved a little bit (like when you move a tank lid)- the filter will not stay in the corner. So anyways, I highly recommend sponge filters like the one in the OP- just go with the regular cylindrical ones, and not the corner-shaped ones.
 

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To add to what Genavelle has said, even the type being reviewed by the OP can be problematic. The suction cups lose their elasticity so even a small twist in the airline tubing is enough to pop it off the glass. Despite the floor space they take up, from now on I may just stick with the weighted cylindrical bottom-sitting type
 

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That's weird, I've had this exact filter for a few months now and I've never had a problem with the suction cups. They seem pretty solid to me.
 

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Maybe I got a bad batch? Or maybe I just fussed with them too much and the suction cups wore out from being moved so often
 

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Aquaphobia said:
Maybe I got a bad batch? Or maybe I just fussed with them too much and the suction cups wore out from being moved so often
Or maybe I just got lucky Now that I think about it, I recall seeing a review on Amazon that had a similar problem with the suction cups.
 
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