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Old 11-30-2014, 02:29 PM   #11
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One of the great things about canisters is that you can decide for yourself what goes in it. And you can change it at will, so what you do today may not be how it is later.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:31 PM   #12
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I was thinking that.
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:44 AM   #13
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Has anyone considered using a sponge filter on a HOB intake which should eliminate sand getting into the impeller.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:27 AM   #14
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I know the socks I've tried sure clog in a hurry. ...then again, the model HOB I have has a small intake.

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Old 12-01-2014, 08:36 AM   #15
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Yeah that's what happens.
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Putting a sock over an intake will lower suction and quickly clog up. You need to use a coarse sponge so it doesn't impede flow. Regardless, both types of filter will work. However, a filter such as the AquaClear doesn't even need to be turned off to clean, and the sponge inserts last for many years.
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Has anyone considered using a sponge filter on a HOB intake which should eliminate sand getting into the impeller.

Mast manufacturers make their own coarse sponges for prefilter applications.


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I hear that the prefilter is good for the beneficial bacteria, but as mentioned, the last one I used clogged overnight.

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It's only good for beneficial bacteria if you don't have enough in your filter. Canister filters hold a ton of media so adding a prefilter sponge won't make any difference with regards to the beneficial bacteria.
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I have a Marineland HOT Magnum filter as supplemental filtration in my 56g tank. I also run a canister. I am actually really happy with it. I have had it for a few years and it has been great. It's kind of like a middle ground between a canister and a hob power filter. it has a center section with plenty of room for carbon or biomedia. It is completely silent and would put out the perfect amount of flow for a 29. Here is a link. Marineland H.O.T. Magnum Canister Filter
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