Hydro-Sponge Filter - Product Review
Without a doubt, one of the biggest causes of health problems in goldfish is poor water quality. Compared to many other types of fish, goldfish require water which is more intensely filtered and more frequently changed. For many keepers, this can mean substantial work and time involved. Luckily, through the use of powerful, biological filters like the Hydro-Sponge, the amount of work required to keep your tank in tip-top shape can be cut down significantly.
The Hydro-Sponge is a simple, yet powerful filtration system which is an easy and cost-effective way to keep your tank’s water clean. The sponge filter provides a great home for the growth of beneficial bacteria colonies which will develop over time and assist in the breaking down of many chemicals in the water which can become harmful to your fishes’ health. Unlike many of the other filtration system on the market right now, the Hydro-Sponge filter can be integrated with your current air line to reduce the need for a separate motor. For those goldfish keepers who want to, though, the Hydro-Sponge filtration system can be hooked up to powerhead.
Most filtration systems out there use a pump to cycle water through their housing and over their filtration pads. Over time, these pads will wear out and require replacement. The Hydro-Sponge utilizes air bubbles from air pump to move water over the sponge filter, eliminating the need for a powerful (and often noisy) water pump. Compared to other filtration systems, the Hydro-Sponge filter is much longer lasting. Instead of needing to replace a foam filter from time to time, the attached sponge filter can easy be cleaned with little effort.
Many goldfish breeders have found the Hydro-Sponge filter a big help as well. After a spawning, breeders have to be careful about the type of filter they use. Powerful motorized filters can cause issues with newborn goldfish fry that get too close to the intake line. With the Hydro-Sponge, there is less need to worry as there is no strong suction and the soft sponge filter is harmless to the fry. With various sizes available, the Hydro-Sponge is versatile enough to be used in small 5-10 gallon breeding tanks, as well as larger tanks for everyday use.
Many knowledgeable and experienced goldfish keepers agree that the Hydro-Sponge filtration system is the best option on the market for effective yet affordable water filtration. The only drawback that some keepers note is the appearance – which not unattractive, the Hydro-Sponge is not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the most expensive filtration systems and therefore is not recommended for use in show tanks. For everyday goldfish keeping, however, the Hydro-Sponge filter is without a doubt one of the best options on the market.