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Old 02-01-2017, 12:14 PM   #11181
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Odd. Usually I can go several weeks without messing with the prefilter. It may have to do with micron size.
Yeah, I might try a different sponge. It's a heavily planted tank, so there's lots that can clog a filter.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:21 PM   #11182
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Yeah, I might try a different sponge. It's a heavily planted tank, so there's lots that can clog a filter.
I got few plants lol. Try fluval edge pre filter.
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I put a sponge pre-filter on one of my Aquaclears last week and, while it's been doing a great job (I no longer get the "rising basket effect" from a clogged internal sponge), it itself clogs up within around a week and has to be taken out for a cleaning (such as last night), lest it choke off the water flow. It's annoying enough that I'm considering removing it and looking for other options.


One of the reasons I hate HOB's and got a canister.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:26 PM   #11184
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One of the reasons I hate HOB's and got a canister.
You don't see the same problems with a canister getting clogged?
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:28 PM   #11185
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I got few plants lol. Try fluval edge pre filter.
That's what I'm using. :/
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:31 PM   #11186
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That's what I'm using. :/
Hmm idk. I got a java fern on top of mine that probably helps
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You don't see the same problems with a canister getting clogged?


Nope. I had HOB's on my 5 and 10 gallon tanks and every week I had to take them apart and aggressively rinse them. Otherwise they would slow/stop/overflow etc. I rinse my canister and media once a month and haven't seen any issues.
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I put a sponge pre-filter on one of my Aquaclears last week and, while it's been doing a great job (I no longer get the "rising basket effect" from a clogged internal sponge), it itself clogs up within around a week and has to be taken out for a cleaning (such as last night), lest it choke off the water flow. It's annoying enough that I'm considering removing it and looking for other options.
Look into a replacement sponge filter, the taller cylindrical type, there are different size fittings in the nice quality ones, they are very much larger ( could be a negative, though cleaning every few days would be a negative as well). If you aren't trying to keep fry or cherry shrimp out of the filter you can check out a more coarse foam pond prefilter sponge as a possibility too.

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They original email I received a useful bit of info about how the product will produce/leach ammonia for weeks. Thankfully I already know that and woudln't have killed off my little aqua critters. They went on and on about it with links. But didn't answer if a mouldy smell was normal or the mush silt balls.

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