Sponge filters are not as popular as other filters but Its benefits and uses are often overlooked.

How to install a sponge filter in an aquarium?

Spong filters can make up for cheap filter options if set up and maintained the right way. This article will take you through a step by step process of how to set up the sponge filter in your aquarium.

Required supplies

  • Sponge Filter
  • Airline tube
  • Air stone
  • Check Valve
  • Air Pump

Required tools

  • Cutter or Scissors
  • Dry Cloth

Total cost: USD 40


Total time: 15 minutes

  • Step 1

    Purchase a good quality sponge filter as per your tank requirements.

  • Step 2

    Unbox your sponge filter and check if the packaging contains all the necessary parts.

  • Step 3

    Read the manual that comes with the packaging as each filter can be different and the manual will help you in various ways- setup, dos and don’ts and effective usage.

  • Step 4

    Remove the strainer from inside the sponge filter and add an air stone inside it or you attach the air stone to the bottom of the strainer by using an airline tube.

  • Step 5

    Now put the airline tube through the lift tube and attach one end to the nozzle on the top part of the filter. Attach the life tube to the top part of the filter now

  • Step 6

    Attach the weighted base to the filter.

  • Step 7

    Put the filter into the tank. Squeeze the sponge several times to get out all the bubbles. Wait till it sinks inside by getting waterlogged.

  • Step 8


    Take the free end of the airline tube and attach it to the air pump. You can make use of a check valve so that the water doesn’t cycle back.


Plug in the filter and your sponge filter is ready to function. It is pretty simple to install a sponge filter but a effective one for an aquarium.

We hope this how-to guide is useful for fellow hobbyists and are happy to hear from you on improvising this article. Do provide your recommendations in the below comment box