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Old 11-03-2004, 10:13 AM   #1
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Ok within the last month or so I've lost a small perc clown and this morning a cleaner shrimp.... they're getting sucked into my powerhead input.... any ideas on stopping this ????
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:16 AM   #2
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Try sponges on your intakes.
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Most poweheads will have strainers that fit on the PH intake. These strainers help significantly in keeping fish from getting stuck on the PH intake. You can also make your own strainer with some plastic mesh and some small plastic zip ties.
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are they ACTUALLY being killed by the PH ? Maybe they are dying from other reasons, and the PH is sucking up their already dead bodies ?
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are they ACTUALLY being killed by the PH ? Maybe they are dying from other reasons, and the PH is sucking up their already dead bodies ?
That seems like the most likely scenario to me.
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It's not... they are very powerful at a short distance and fish don't know any better... I had a perfectly healthy puffer that got sucked into my PH within 30 min of me adding it. Get a prefilter or strainer type device unless you like replacing fish.
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what type/size of Powerhead do you have? and do you have the grill on it? that grill works wonders in keeping the intake pressure low enough that a healthy fish can easily escape the flow.
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That is what we are suggesting. Most powerheads don't come with any kind of strainer or filter... the suction is only bad right at the intake.
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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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I am not familiar with the part you are talking about but I do know that if you have a straight open intake with no attachments and the powerhead is pretty strong the thing is gonna get stuck. They make plastic tubes that kind of look like UGF tubes that usually are perferated as well as prefilters which will keep these fish from getting stuck.
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