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    Default What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    I know that tadpoles don't NEED a filter, but I would like to use one anyways, and I was wondering what kind of filter works best with tadpoles. Currently I have a Terra Whisper i3 filter, would that work or should I get a different one?

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    I find that growing tadpoles can foul the water more than any fish.

    I have a "Hydor 150" which is a pump designed for a 20-40 gallon tank. It's pumping about 11 gallons. Filters get changed frequently.

    Here are my tads right now. Eating constantly!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTz...0UzlVeMRg/live

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    My tadpoles are in a 10 gallon, and are only a week old and are very tiny. I'm afraid that a powerful filter would suck them up. The one I have is for 3 gallons, and won't filter out the entire tank but will help a little bit. Should I get a 10 gallon filter or just stick with the one I have?

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    The thing about a filter is how, after a while, a bacterial cycle gets established which gets rid of ammonia and nitrites.
    It can take a month for the good bacteria to set up shop.
    If you change your filter, you reset this process.

    I think tadpoles can live in remarkably filthy water. I'd say don't buy more equipment until you know you have an issue.

    It's not a very long term thing. I vote for keeping the filter you have and upgrading only if it obviously fails at its task.

    I wrap my intake filter with bulk media. That saves all of the tiny babies, especially the cherry shrimp.

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    OK, thanks for the input ��

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    An easy way to clean up your water is with partial water changes. Use a product that removes chlorine, add it to your tap water, let the water sit for a while to equalize in temperature. Then drain about half of your tadpole water and replace with fresh.

    what are you gonna do when they arent tadpoles anymore?

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    If you put the biological media from your current filter in a new filter that would keep he cycle going, but I'm not sure how you'd go about that. Tadpoles aren't strong swimmers, right? You could try keeping the flow low by maybe having the flow run onto a sponge or rock? That might not be important though. It would probably be easiest if you just did what alane said and wrap the filter in bulk media, although the Whisper 3i is meant for smaller aquarium then 10 gallons. Its your decision though, the tads will be fine either way .

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    Default Re: What kind of filter can I use with tadpoles?

    These are tadpoles that I collected from a pond as eggs, when they turn into frogs I release them. I have 2 species in the aquarium, red legged frog tadpoles, and pacific tree frog tadpoles. I know red legged frog tadpoles get pretty massive, and are very strong swimmers, so a powerful filter wouldn't be a problem for them, but pacific tree frog tadpoles are smaller and pretty lousy swimmers.

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