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04-13-2014, 05:21 PM #1
Filter intake help...asap please!
Background: I want to upgrade to a larger filter. My 20g currently has 3 smaller rated filters. I plan on keeping the middle one, a 10g tetra, and adding a 40g (tetra whisper probably, $16 on amazon!).
Problem: I have cherry shrimp that keep getting sucked up/caught in the current intake filters. I want to put a sponge or something over the intakes to stop this, but I don't know what to use. I looked at general sponges, and they seem huge and unsightly...and like maybe they would impede the flow. I tried cheesecloth, but it shredded after a few days.
What should I use? How should I prepare it for my tank (if it is non-aquarium material). Could you be as specific as possible, like pictures and things? I have a very small budget and I want to get it right this time.
Thanks a ton!!20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!
04-13-2014, 05:26 PM #2
Check out the mesh pre-filters here, I love mine...get the smaller hole mesh size to save your shrimp from being sucked up: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116432
04-13-2014, 05:35 PM #3
IME sponges are the most efficient, but other options exist too.
I've heard people successfully use pantyhose to cover filter intakes.
I have also wrapped fly/insect mesh around pump and filter intakes with success.
04-13-2014, 05:38 PM #4
What kind of sponge do you recommend? The regular black ones I see in stores? It won't impede flow? I assume I would just cut a slit in it?
Or, how would I prepare the pantyhose...like how to get rid of chemicals or detergents, and stop it from shredding?
Lots of questions here. :)20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!
04-13-2014, 05:48 PM #5
Pantyhose, just rinse in tap water and let dry...I tried them once, they were almost completely clogged in a few days...you can use filter sponge material to make a pre filter sponge, I tried that too, but shrimplets still were getting into my filters
04-13-2014, 10:41 PM #6
I've used both of these and they've been fine. The one that shows as blue was actually black. Just rinse them out when doing water changes.
05-28-2014, 11:31 PM #7Junior Member Guppy
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I just added a sponge prefilter to my Canister Filter intake a few days ago, using something similar to what SueD pointed you to, that I found at the LFS. I used a few clean rubber bands to keep them snug to the intake. It is keeping my shimplets out of the filter, which is nice
In my research I also found http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Techn...ponge+aquarium. A little bulky, but the reviews on Amazon seem positive.
Another option would be going to AquaBid.com. There is a guy there called 55GalMan that sells stainless steel pre filters. These might be considered pricey, but they seem like they would last forever.
Last edited by ErikV; 05-28-2014 at 11:35 PM.
05-29-2014, 02:16 AM #8Member Molly
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That is what I sell on here, like slaphppy said.
05-29-2014, 02:41 AM #9
the sponge idea works. i use it for my shrimp tank.... that being said the flow on my filter is reduced badly. H4n's filter screen would be betterKING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
gotta love them bunnies!
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05-29-2014, 03:34 AM #10