12-02-2006, 04:17 PM
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I do get some plants getting caught on there, but I just leave it, becuase it doesn't really slow down the flow on my filters. As far as food being on there, eventually, my fish/shrimps pick at it or it eventually breaks down that I don't have to worry about it. If I feel like it, I just suck up the plants that get stuck during a gravel vac.
Since you have an AC filter and the intake is round, tube like, I suggest using a sponge. Many people using the AC sponge media and cut a hole in the middle to insert the filter intake. The best way is to soak the sponge with water and freeze it, then drill the hole. This leaves a cleaner looking hole.