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Sand substrate might hurt my filter??
Old 08-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #11
 
I am wanting to get cory catfish and from what I have seen they like to mess around on the bottom so yeah a sponge might not be a bad idea just hope it wouldn't slow down the water flow. This may sound silly but how about some pantyhose around the inside where the water goes through and use a thin rubber band or something to keep it in place?
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #12
 
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That will work as well. Just need to make sure when you do a water change that it isn't clogged up with debris.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #13
 
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That will work as well. Just need to make sure when you do a water change that it isn't clogged up with debris.
Yeah very true just take it off or something. I think I got some good ideas for a fix now thanks :D
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #14
 
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Getting a heavier sand like pool filter sand will go along way to keeping your filters running smoothly.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #15
 
I have heard that before. Why does pool sand make a difference? and is it a specific kind of pool filter sand??
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #16
 
I see a few things in here that need to be clarified.

First and for most it doesn't matter how clean you make the sand by rinsing. Sand can and will get kicked up. The possibility is always there. Now there are a few things that you can do to avoid it such as turning the filter off(which you have to do anyway) when doing a water change.

However if you have any fish who play in the sand, that sand will get kicked up. Placing a sponge over may or may not be a good idea. The pros are that if it's big enough and it doesn't fill while you are away it prevents sand from getting in. It also throttles the current and can cause problems for cheaper units. That can be a con. If you don't catch it before the sponge clogs completely your filter will run dry and then run hot. You end up with a dead motor, and or possibly a fire hazard.

Now if you hike the intake you can help avoid some of the kicking up of sand getting into the motor. The side effect is your no longer have a proper current in some set ups. That in of itself can become it's own issue with still water or dead spots.

That's my input. If you go the sponge route don't get a dinky one. Or...get a different filtration system where it won't be an issue.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #17
 
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I have heard that before. Why does pool sand make a difference? and is it a specific kind of pool filter sand??
It has to do with how big the grains of sand are. Some sand is smaller grained, and some are smaller grained. The smaller grains get picked up much more easily than the larger grains. And pool filter sand has larger grains, and therefore, is harder for the fish to kick up, so less likely to get in your filter.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #18
 
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It has to do with how big the grains of sand are. Some sand is smaller grained, and some are smaller grained. The smaller grains get picked up much more easily than the larger grains. And pool filter sand has larger grains, and therefore, is harder for the fish to kick up, so less likely to get in your filter.
Exactly right. PFS will not get carried away by the current, so even if the fish kick it up, it will immediately sink back to the bottom.
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