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So, I now have this 10 gallon Walstad Natural planted tank. I have a homemade sponge filter powered by an air pump. Technically planted tanks shouldn’t need much in the way of a filter although I’m starting to think about a canister filter just in case. It would give water movement and probably be quieter than the air bubble that is pushing the sponge filter.

So, I’ve been looking at the low end canisters. There is the PX-360: Finnex All-in-one Compact Canister Filter over at amazon.com for about $40. It comes with a hanger to hang it on the outside of the tank. It also seems fairly well rated. Another low end canister is the well rated Zoo Med 501 Turtle Canister Filter for about $35, but it doesn’t come with the hanger – that is separate: Zoo Med 501 Canister Filter Hanger for about $8.

I haven’t ordered anything yet, I’m leaning towards the PX-360 if I were to get one.


The main idea in a planted tank is that the plants act as the primary filter. However I’m thinking about cloudiness in the water and that slightly yellow look and wondering if I might not be able to get the best of both worlds with a natural planted tank and a canister filter too. Plus it could boost the biological filtration which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Although if the plants work as they should there won’t be any ammonia to feed the bacteria for the biological filtration anyway. In which case it becomes a simple mechanical (debris) filter I suppose.

(Sigh…) I guess I’ll probably go back and forth on this for a while still. Just wanted to write a bit about the names of what I’m looking at so I can close them out of my browser….

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February 13, 2011 - 10:15 PM
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