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Not what? Small fish and shrimp can definitely be sucked in by an AC.
I said IME prefilters are needed with AquaClears.
When you think of it, a very fine inlet strainer is a double edged sword. As much as it protects drawing in tiny creatures, it also prevents fish/plant detritus from entering the filter, serving only to quickly plug the inlet.
Even still, if the complaint is resolved with a dollar pre-filter sponge or a piece of old panty hose the Mrs. (I'm hoping not yours) will never miss, how much of a valid complaint is it really?
I've also heard some complaints that the return flow from the AC filters is too great. A 'problem' I solved by making a baffle from an empty water bottle that cost nothing.
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The AC70 has lower flow than the AC110, especially when you turn them down all the way. The problem is the sizes of the holes in the intake strainer, is the overall size of intake strainer. Compare them to the Fluval canister intakes and you see how much larger those are, the flow is spread out a lot better. You are using a prefilter. I don't want to spend my money on a good filter just to have to make modifications to it (no matter how cheap) to make it usable. I also should not have to go in to the tank to clean an ugly prefilter because of their bad design.
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