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post #1 of 3 Old 05-25-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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fish getting into sump

I did a search to see if anyone had a solution for this but didn't find any yet. Some of my fish are getting into my sump. I had some loaches end up in there, but have also had some small fish like neons and endlers wind up in the sump area. I put a screen over the top intake area but I also have a middle intake and a bottom intake area. I blocked off the middle and bottom one so that it only takes water off the top, but that makes the water level a little too high. So, I need a solution to be able to filter the bottom and middle intakes so fish can't get in there. I still want it to look good though. While it's running it would be no problem to keep a small screen on the intakes but when I turn the filters off to feed them I think the screens would fall down or maybe even float.
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I'm gona put this in the salt water section too, just because I know the over flow thing is mainly a salt water thing.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2010, 05:53 PM
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I did a search to see if anyone had a solution for this but didn't find any yet. Some of my fish are getting into my sump. I had some loaches end up in there, but have also had some small fish like neons and endlers wind up in the sump area. I put a screen over the top intake area but I also have a middle intake and a bottom intake area. I blocked off the middle and bottom one so that it only takes water off the top, but that makes the water level a little too high. So, I need a solution to be able to filter the bottom and middle intakes so fish can't get in there. I still want it to look good though. While it's running it would be no problem to keep a small screen on the intakes but when I turn the filters off to feed them I think the screens would fall down or maybe even float.
Any ideas?
I'm gona put this in the salt water section too, just because I know the over flow thing is mainly a salt water thing.
I would try using cheesecloth, just cut out a section big enough, wrap it around the intake, and secure it with zip ties or fishing line or something.

Sometimes the cheesecloth still has kind of big gaps though, so you might want to double layer it depending on your smallest fish.
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I had a surface skimmer to my bio filter and I had to take the surface skimmer off and not have it as I was getting fish sucked up from the surface into my filter. Use panty hose. If you know someone that can spare a pair or those nylon foot socks same thing but smaller. I use tie wraps to secure it to my intakes. The only problem with these is that you need to clean them often as stuff from your tanks plants and poop and junk clog it up and the filter outflow does not work as well . I put a net underneath it they lift it out to clean it.Sometimes the pump has to much power. My filter I can adjust the water flow from high to low. I have a 75 gal filter for my 55 gal. tank bought from Dr.Foster & Smith.
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