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Old 11-03-2004, 04:44 PM   #11
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Funny this should come up...we just had our first death in the tank, a yellow tang. The flow from a maxi-jet 1200 kept it slammed against some live rock and it couldn't get away. I turned off all pumps, peeled the tang off the rocks, and it swam away. It was a bit deformed, and had a few nicks and tears in it's fins, but I thought it was going to make it.

A couple days later it was gone. Completely, gone. I guess it died and was eaten...

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the Maxi-Jet "strainer" is designed to prevent a large intake pressure from occouring. if a fish were to be swept into the grill, the surface area of the body would only cover a small part of the grill. the water would be allowed to easily flow around the body and enter from a different angle. If you place your finger on the grill you can feel for yourself. A healthy fish would have no problem dis-loging themselves from the powerhead.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:56 AM   #13
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I have a pic in my gallery that shows it too. (slightly different strainer)
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Old 11-04-2004, 04:34 PM   #14
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Wow they sell powerheads with no plastic piece covering the intake? I use maxijets and a penguin ph and they all have a plastic piece covering it. And to be even safer I got sponges to cover the plastic pieces.
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Old 11-05-2004, 01:01 PM   #15
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I remember once that I over fed my ocellaris so much it had trouble swimming. She floated by my aquaclear 150 HOB intake and she got stuck. It was kind of humorous because she didn't seem to even put up a struggle to get free, kind of like she was so lazy from eating so much to care or to move, just wanted to relax. After a few seconds of me laughing I unplugged my HOB and she floated away like a blimp.
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I have never seen a powerhead without some sort of strainer of some sort...
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I haven't seen one without a strainer either, but since you don't have one, I assume either someone stole the part out of the box because theirs broke, you bought it incomplete from a garage sale or friend, or you accidentally broke it. Most LFS will order parts- so if you want the strainer that's supposed to come with your powerhead, ask if they'll order one or if they have one they don't need. My sotore used to keep incomplete shipments in back so we'd have parts for all types of filters, etc. The soponge idea is probably best, imo. Then if the fish should be caught in the suction he won't be harmed by the softness of the sponge. Good luck!

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