What filter should I get?

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Hello! I'm trying to decide on a new filter for my Axy. He is in a 60L tank. I had a pf mini which didn't seem to be filtering enough so upgraded to a pf-1 but it seems to be a bit too powerful for him. In terms of priority I need something that is a) not going to stress him out and b) quiet enough to not stress my wife out! Grateful for recommendations!
 

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Hello! I'm trying to decide on a new filter for my Axy. He is in a 60L tank. I had a pf mini which didn't seem to be filtering enough so upgraded to a pf-1 but it seems to be a bit too powerful for him. In terms of priority I need something that is a) not going to stress him out and b) quiet enough to not stress my wife out! Grateful for recommendations!
id suggest a couple of sponge filters :)

i would just die to have a 60L tank!! im about to upgrade to a 20L thankfully, but as i’m still in school i currently live with my parents :/
 

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Hello! I'm trying to decide on a new filter for my Axy. He is in a 60L tank. I had a pf mini which didn't seem to be filtering enough so upgraded to a pf-1 but it seems to be a bit too powerful for him. In terms of priority I need something that is a) not going to stress him out and b) quiet enough to not stress my wife out! Grateful for recommendations!
A 60L (~15 gallons) is really a bit small for an axolotl. The minimum is 75L (20gallons). That said, with proper filtration, you may be able to get away with it until they're full grown. Sponge filters are an excellent secondary filter. They offer good biological and mechanical filtration and are fairly inexpensive. I use a combination of sponge filters and canister filter on all of my tanks. My 75 gallon (283L) runs with a Fluval 407 canister and 2 large sponge filters. My 36G (136L) runs with a Fluval 307 canister and one sponge filter, and so on. A smaller tank would be fine with a HOB power filter and a sponge filter for added biological filtration. Sponge filters dont need to be replaced all that often (maybe 2-3 times a year). Just a good rinse off during water changes is plenty. Just make sure to rinse it in a bucket of dirty tank water and not tap water or you'll kill any good bacteria on the sponge.
 

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id suggest a couple of sponge filters :)

i would just die to have a 60L tank!! im about to upgrade to a 20L thankfully, but as i’m still in school i currently live with my parents :/
Thanks, sponge filter no. 1 installed now and everyone looking happier :)
 

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id suggest a couple of sponge filters :)

i would just die to have a 60L tank!! im about to upgrade to a 20L thankfully, but as i’m still in school i currently live with my parents :/
Thanks, sponge filter no. 1 installed now and everyone looking happier
 

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you should probably get a sponge filter of some kind, i know axolotls overall prefer them iirc but idk about the sound however
 

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A 60L (~15 gallons) is really a bit small for an axolotl. The minimum is 75L (20gallons). That said, with proper filtration, you may be able to get away with it until they're full grown. Sponge filters are an excellent secondary filter. They offer good biological and mechanical filtration and are fairly inexpensive. I use a combination of sponge filters and canister filter on all of my tanks. My 75 gallon (283L) runs with a Fluval 407 canister and 2 large sponge filters. My 36G (136L) runs with a Fluval 307 canister and one sponge filter, and so on. A smaller tank would be fine with a HOB power filter and a sponge filter for added biological filtration. Sponge filters dont need to be replaced all that often (maybe 2-3 times a year). Just a good rinse off during water changes is plenty. Just make sure to rinse it in a bucket of dirty tank water and not tap water or you'll kill any good bacteria on the sponge.
oh i thought he meant 60 gallons long my bad
 
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