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This is a dumb question, coming from someone with as much fish-keeping experience as I have. What power head would you use, and how would it be attached to a hydro sponge filter? Thanks in advance.

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Was doing some looking around and found this website, by Jehmco where they actually have sponge filters that come pre-assembled with the appropriate power head for a reasonable price (I think so at least). Other were saying they had to heat in the riser pipe on the sponge to get it slip over the PH intake. I had one the Power Sweep PH's that had the intake piece with multiple sizes for hooking up to a UGF so that may work also. HTHs

http://jehmco.com/html/hydro-sponge_filters.html

The ones I am referring to are more towards the bottom.

Here is the post I got it from:

Most powerheads have tapered adapter bottoms so you can use them with undergravel filter upright tubes. The hydrosponge filters have the same size clear plastic upright, so you just cut it to length. Even the puniest powerhead is usually better than an airline. You certainly wouldn't want to go more than 10X the size of the tank. So no more than 300 gph for a 30 gallon tank. And if you do use a powerhead even that strong, you need the pond/pro sponge rather than the normal soft one. Because the normal one will slowly collapse in on itself in a strong flow. Sponge filters are fine to use alone, but you do need to squeeze the sponge into the waste water and siphon the tank with each water change to take out debris. Ideally you'd set powerhead so the outflow is at surface level. In practice, this tends to make the sponge filter very top heavy you end up needing to attach the powerhead to the side of the tank with a suction cup. Aiming the output deflector up is usually good enough to aerate the water by disturbing the surface. Stacking multiple sponges is one way to get height. I've used everything from the little Tom http://www.lnt.com/product/powerhead...ower-head.html powerheads 40 gph to big penguin 400 gph (two pond filters stacked in a 55). Go on the lower end if you have fish that don't care for much flow. Jehmco sells them with 50, 100, and 300 gph powerheads. http://jehmco.com/html/hydro-sponge_filters.html I'd go with about a 50 gph for a 5-10, and a 100 gph for a 10-20 gallon tank. Most any brand of fully submersible, UG filter ready powerhead will work. I like the marineland suction cups that come with penguins. But the little 50 gph pumps won't need to be attached to anything but the filter.

It doesn't hurt to use bigger sponges. The only issue is sometimes you have to crush the sponge against the glass if you use a suction cup and cut the upright tube shorter for a small tank.
 

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Great info here. I'm looking for something relatively small, as its going into a 10 gal. cherry shrimp tank.
 

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xxbenjamminxx said:
http://jehmco.com/html/hydro-sponge_filters.html

The ones I am referring to are more towards the bottom.
Followed your advice. I called these guys, told them what I need, and they fixed me right up. Additionally, we talked about heating my 110 gal. I am currently using 3 different 150w heaters. Its impossible to sync these up so the salesman suggested a heater controller. I'm thinking this will save me some bucks on my monthly utility bill because right now, at least one of those stupid heaters is always on.
 

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xxbenjamminxx said:
http://jehmco.com/html/hydro-sponge_filters.html

The ones I am referring to are more towards the bottom.
Followed your advice. I called these guys, told them what I need, and they fixed me right up. Additionally, we talked about heating my 110 gal. I am currently using 3 different 150w heaters. Its impossible to sync these up so the salesman suggested a heater controller. I'm thinking this will save me some bucks on my monthly utility bill because right now, at least one of those stupid heaters is always on.
:thumb: Let me know how you like that sponge, Would like to get One myself someDAY
 

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I just bought two hydro-sponge filters, and I have one on a penguin 660 and one on a penguin 1140. The 660 has the stepped strainer thing, and the 1140 is just a taper, which I removed. I had to "shrink" the lift tubes on both sponge filters by heating the ends GENTLY with a blowtorch and sticking them into a taper. A hair dryer may work, a heat gun would be ideal.
 
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