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Old 01-11-2010, 02:12 PM   #11
 
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I donno why you're after one; or better what it is your trying to achieve there. Assuming nyou wanna stop leaf cluttering your canister....you can either strap a sinple peice of pantyhose over your intake. Or next time you're at the petstore, just get one of the replacement sponges for sponge filters (they're round about 2" dia and come in various length) and strap it over the intake. Like the sponges for my sponge filter are like 3 bucks or something like that.
Either case is cheaper the the Eheim attachment and does the same trick (if that's what you wanna achieve anyway lol)
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:18 PM   #12
 
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Ok, I called Dr. Foster's and asked them if they had anything that woud be just a sponge that would fit the Eheim intake tube and not the actual Eheim pre-filter that sits on the gravel. The only thing that came up for her, which I already saw, is this:



She did not know for sure if it would fit the size of the intake tube that the Eheim comes with. It does say that it can be used with canister filters but not all canister filters have the same size intake plastic intake tube. It is the larger part that has the slits to intake the water. It is hard to tell in the pic, if it would have a big enough opening. Here is another one (below), but not sure if it would be any better. It may not be as necessary for me now since I had to put the fish in the 55 gallon and won't be cycling it fishless right now. However, I would still like it if things get stirred up from planted and rearranging at time. Does anyone use some kind of sponge on their Eheim filters that fit well? Thanks.


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Old 01-11-2010, 02:24 PM   #13
 
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I donno why you're after one; or better what it is your trying to achieve there. Assuming nyou wanna stop leaf cluttering your canister....you can either strap a sinple peice of pantyhose over your intake. Or next time you're at the petstore, just get one of the replacement sponges for sponge filters (they're round about 2" dia and come in various length) and strap it over the intake. Like the sponges for my sponge filter are like 3 bucks or something like that.
Either case is cheaper the the Eheim attachment and does the same trick (if that's what you wanna achieve anyway lol)
Hi Angel, I did look into that.....replacement sponges, but could not find the right size. They were really limited on sponges. Drive me nuts on the lack of supplies in this area.

The only reason why I started to look into this is because when I was feeding the 55 gallon to cycle it fishless, a lot more food gets taken up because nothing is eating it. I did not want to overload my canister so quickly when trying to cycle. Now that there are fish in there (the ones I had to take out of my daughter's tank from an ammonia spike) it is not as important. I have heard of people doing this anyway, to keep some of the load off the canister sponge. The only time that there would be more going in when the tank in inhabited, would be when things are moved around....plantint plants, or if fake plants are used (taking them out to clean and putting them back in) can cause some stir up which I hate. I never even thought about putting a pre-filter on the intake tube in the past. The only reason I began to think about it was because I was going to cycle fishless and I saw some pictures on here where others had a prefilter and read about it.

It is not a big deal right now. If I ever do find the right thing, I will consider it then. Thanks again!

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Old 01-11-2010, 02:37 PM   #14
 
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I'd not buy the whole sponge filter like pictured up top, BUT I'd get the foam for one, that you can easly push over the intake.
You know the ticker foam pads for HOB filters they come from rough to fine - Get any one of them at Walmart, LFS wherever, just be sure to buy one that's about 1.5-2" THICK, cut it into a strip as long as you'd like it with a carpet knife and cut a roundish chunk out of its top and pull over your filter, works too.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:53 AM   #15
 
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holly, you could always cheat :) just get a couple filter media bags of just about any size, and put around your filter intake. that will keep some of the chunky stuff out, and should only cost a couple bucks.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:11 AM   #16
 
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beetle you took the words right from my finger tips LOL.. i just gave a filter bag to a friend for the same purpose.. it works wonderfully and you can keep it on untill it falls apart and if it looks to full just slip it off and rinse in tank water from a w/c.... they have thiers hidden by a plant so it can not even be seen at all....
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:27 AM   #17
 
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holly, you could always cheat :) just get a couple filter media bags of just about any size, and put around your filter intake. that will keep some of the chunky stuff out, and should only cost a couple bucks.
Thanks. :) I almost bought one the other day, but decided to look for a sponge just in case I decided to keep using it even after the tank is cycled. It would work good enough for cycling foodless but for ongoing prefiltering it would not by the right thing. Now that I had to put some fish in there, it is not as important and can wait until I findi the right thing and decide to use one all the time.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:29 AM   #18
 
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beetle you took the words right from my finger tips LOL.. i just gave a filter bag to a friend for the same purpose.. it works wonderfully and you can keep it on untill it falls apart and if it looks to full just slip it off and rinse in tank water from a w/c.... they have thiers hidden by a plant so it can not even be seen at all....
It could be a good thing to do just temporarily when doing the type of maintenance that stirs things up. I wonder though, if the stuff can sitck to it well enough (not put back into the water) when you go to take it off and out.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:43 AM   #19
 
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he has it on so that when removing it fold in on its self and then he turns it back in side right in the waist water no lose stuff in the tank at all works good ... just an idea though...
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