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Old 05-15-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Sponge prefilter for aquaclear 30

In my 10 gallon shrimp tank I have an aquaclear 30 and I have baby RCS in there so I need a sponge pre filter. I used the Fluval edge prefilter but it restricted the flow alot so I cut out some of the inside and it started working good, with good water flow. But its been like a week or so and the sponge is starting to collapse on itself and restrict the flow again. So my question is: Is there any sponge prefilter for an aquaclear 30/20 (I think they are the same size) that wont restrict the flow or suck up baby shrimp.

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You could take pantyhose (or something similar), cut the foot out, wrap that around the intake & secure it with a rubber band or fishing line or anything else aquarium safe. That should create less obstruction & keep the shrimp from being sucked in.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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You could take pantyhose (or something similar), cut the foot out, wrap that around the intake & secure it with a rubber band or fishing line or anything else aquarium safe. That should create less obstruction & keep the shrimp from being sucked in.
I thought about that, but is there anything that is made for this?
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Sorry, I don't know of anything other than the prefilter sponge. I have in the past cut sponge to fit inside the intake tube of my HOB, now I've switched all my 10g & smaller tanks to sponge filters.
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Hi, I also run two aquaclear filters, a 30 and a 50. I got my sponges from Amazon, I don't know what kind you are using, but these really let the water through and I have to clean them once a week. If I don't I notice a reduction of water flow. If you are using these sponges, they are black and round, you can cut V shaped wholes into them as long as you know't go through to the intake. When you clean them, do not turn your filter off until you use a knee high, pull it up and around the sponge, then turn off the filter. This way it catches everything. Good luck!
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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Hi, I also run two aquaclear filters, a 30 and a 50. I got my sponges from Amazon, I don't know what kind you are using, but these really let the water through and I have to clean them once a week. If I don't I notice a reduction of water flow. If you are using these sponges, they are black and round, you can cut V shaped wholes into them as long as you know't go through to the intake. When you clean them, do not turn your filter off until you use a knee high, pull it up and around the sponge, then turn off the filter. This way it catches everything. Good luck!
Can you tell me the name or link?
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Amazon.com: Marina Intake Strainer Sponge for Marina Slim Power Filter: Pet Supplies
That might work because it is a course black sponge which will allow better flow than the fluval prefilters. I do not have experience with it though so i dont know how well it works with certainty.
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