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Old 01-20-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Will aquarium sand break my canister filter?

Filling up my 65g today need advice quick!
I bought 60lb of cleaned aquarium sand, I am now debating whether or not I should put it in because I have an ehiem professional canister filter, and am afraid if sand gets in the filter it will destroy it. Please help, tell me if I'm wrong. Or precautions I should take.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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Wait till sand is fully settled to turn on filter. And you can put a sponge or pantyhose over intake also.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:32 PM   #3
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Wait till sand is fully settled to turn on filter. And you can put a sponge or pantyhose over intake also.

How will fish waste and stuff go into the filter with a spong around it?
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Solid waste will collect in the sponge around the intake, you just need to wash that out when needed
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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I got an aqua clear foam filter sponge will that be okay? It's coarse Click image for larger version

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Planning on cutting a hole in it and sliding the intake in right into it
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Looks like it should be ok, I've not seen that particular foam in person though. Also make sure the intake isn't too close to the bottom of the tank otherwise it's just gonna vacuum the sand right from the bottom
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Looks like it should be ok, I've not seen that particular foam in person though. Also make sure the intake isn't too close to the bottom of the tank otherwise it's just gonna vacuum the sand right from the bottom

It's a hard sponge made for the inside of a filter. It's okay?
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I think it should be ok yeah
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:33 PM   #9
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Ok great thanks
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:39 PM   #10
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My eheim intake pipe was too long and was touching the substrate... I sawn it with a hacksaw. (!?!Sawn is the good word for cutting?!?)
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