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post #11 of 18 Old 03-19-2013, 09:10 AM
Ya, Heres a link to it to see what I use and to show you what thing I'm talking about:

Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart

If it doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your url

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post #13 of 18 Old 03-19-2013, 10:13 AM
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awesome thanks! so i buy these i assume?
There seems to be two different ideas in this thread. Kuddos has posted a link to the pre-filter sponge that goes over the filter intake to prevent small fish and debris from being pulled into the filter; this is intended for a canister, HOB, etc.

If you were asking about sponge filters as stand alone filters in small tanks, most fish stores carry one or more types. 1077 linked one type, there is also the very similar Hydro brand, and the Hagen Elite. All online suppliers carry one or more of these.

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-19-2013, 10:47 AM
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I have 2, 10 gallon tanks that are remarkable, and have many red cherry shrimp, fry, and scuds however im concerned that the power filter used on both tanks may be killing spawning. I put some mesh around the filter intake to keep small creatures from getting sucked inside but is there a better way of filtering the tank without hurting the animals?

also i have many plants in both tanks.

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I would just turn the mechanical filters off and let the plants do the filtration.

but that' just me and my .02

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post #15 of 18 Old 03-19-2013, 04:16 PM
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I would just turn the mechanical filters off and let the plants do the filtration.

but that' just me and my .02
One of the few times I'm inclined to agree to some extent. 10 to 20 gallons can be run without an actual filter if you have enough plants and (in my view point and I don't care if you disagree, not getting into it here) do enough water changes.

*main point: If you run it like this I advocate doing some sort of a bubbler, or hooking up a powerhead to ensure water movement at the top. I've done a tank with just plants + heater and nothing else and the top ended up with a film. Only thing that lived there was a betta.

I've got a 10 gallon that has run since December with no actual filter. Just plants, heater, and a bubble that bounces the water up top to make it ripple. It has kept a double tail half moon betta alive and happy, and his finnage is in really great shape. The tank has also been a QT for loaches, and currently is divided as a temp measure. This is the only tank where my water wisteria grows without being slightly infested with algae. All the plants do very well.

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-19-2013, 06:12 PM
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I have one of those prefilter sponges to protect my shrimp, but yea I gotta clean it every few days to keep the filter working.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 10:20 AM
That filter sponge saved my red cherry shrimps lives from being sucked into the filter btw.

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I made my own sponges. I took a sponges from my AC70 cut it in half and then cut an X shape at the top making sure the tube would go in far enough. Plus I had already bought the 3 pack of sponges for the filter. I have two AC70's on my 60 gallon so I used only one and i clean them out when I do my weekly water changes. They work great but the only down fall is they are really visible and boxy. I will grab those sponges when I need to but for right now these are working great and the best part is they don't look like they will be falling apart or tearing any time soon.
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