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Old 07-31-2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Filter of death!

I currently have a 10 gallon fish tank. I started out with a tetra whisper pf10 but I wasn't too sure that it was going to be enough filtration. So I was recommended to add an aquaclear 20 to the filter that I already have. The owner said that you could never have enough filtration. So I cleaned it off and installed it everything seemed fine until I couldn't find all my chili rasboras. They have been sucked up in the filter. Is there anyway I could make the slates smaller so it doesn't suck up all my fish?
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:12 AM   #2
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You can do one of two things you can put a prefilter sponge or put fresh clean pantyhose over the filter intake preferably new ones
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The pantyhose won't interfere with the water flow? Could I maybe tape a piece of screen to it?
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The pantyhose won't interfere with the water flow? Could I maybe tape a piece of screen to it?
That wouldn't last long and I wouldn't want take residue in the tank personally no it won't interfere with the flow all you have to do is rubberband it to the intake tube
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Awesome! You are seriously a life saver! I really appreciate that! I hate losing fish.: (
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The pantyhose won't interfere with the water flow? Could I maybe tape a piece of screen to it?
Nope! I've covered my filter in my fry tank, works a treat and none of them get sucked up!

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I recently pulled over 30 shrimp out of my canister filter. I know exactly how frustrating it is to have stuff sucked up into the filter.


The pantyhose seems to be the most recommended course of action. For fish, a piece of filter sponge works equally well; although I learned the hard way that shrimp can still get through it.
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Awesome! You are seriously a life saver! I really appreciate that! I hate losing fish.: (
No problem I hate loosing fish too as we all do
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:06 PM   #9
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I've just added 30 Chili Rasboras to a 55 planted tank and have all my intakes covered. Even the slightest amount of suction can pull many nano fish into filters.
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Another question, would pantyhose work to keep baby shrimp out of a filter intake?
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Yes it would better than sponges as tiny baby shrimp can actually work through the sponge fibers and still get into filters.
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Ok, thanks rivercats.
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