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sam9953 02-14-2010 04:55 AM

Fry getting sucked in the filter?
 
out of the last batch of black molly fries which i had one of them is left and it usually gets stuck in my sponge filter. My sponge filter sucks water from the lower half and then throws it from the upper half and my fry gets sucked whenever it comes near so please tell me what should i do as i dont have any extra tank. I just have one tank of 15 gallon, thats all.

Lupin 02-14-2010 05:40 AM

This seems impossible. I've used Hydor sponges for my goldfish fry with no issues although I lost several to the %$*^* dragonfly nymphs. In my experience, livebearer fry should not be sucked by sponge filters. It's why we recommend sponge filters for breeding and rearing tanks.

Any shots of the sponge filter you are using? How about using a HOB filter while the intake is wrapped in sponge?

sam9953 02-14-2010 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 325572)
This seems impossible. I've used Hydor sponges for my goldfish fry with no issues although I lost several to the %$*^* dragonfly nymphs. In my experience, livebearer fry should not be sucked by sponge filters. It's why we recommend sponge filters for breeding and rearing tanks.

Any shots of the sponge filter you are using? How about using a HOB filter while the intake is wrapped in sponge?

Here are a few photos of my filter:

http://i50.tinypic.com/2nkhtn6.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/eq9kpy.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/2vvqt7m.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/2gseuye.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/2z6e2bb.jpg

Considering the photos please suggest me what should i do

Austin 02-14-2010 06:59 AM

That doesn't look like a traditional sponge filter to me... and it says "power filter" on top... although it does have similarities... the sponge filters I have seen used air pumps.... That one sucks the water in through the sponge and spits it out on top. What you can do is take some netting or pantyhose and cover up the bottom portion of the filter where the intake holes are. And wrap some string around it to keep it on.

sam9953 02-14-2010 07:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Austin (Post 325585)
That doesn't look like a traditional sponge filter to me... and it says "power filter" on top... although it does have similarities... the sponge filters I have seen used air pumps.... That one sucks the water in through the sponge and spits it out on top. What you can do is take some netting or pantyhose and cover up the bottom portion of the filter where the intake holes are. And wrap some string around it to keep it on.

If i do this then the filter will not suck water in and this will not allow any filtration to occur so i think then it would be better to remove the filter. Please correct me if i am wrong and please give me more suggestions.

Lupin 02-14-2010 07:49 AM

Internal filters. Switch your filter to Hydor sponge and connect with an airpump.

sam9953 02-14-2010 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 325595)
Internal filters. Switch your filter to Hydor sponge and connect with an airpump.

Sir i didnt get you. What do you mean by a Hydor Sponge and what Internal filter?

fryup 02-14-2010 08:17 AM

the filter you have on your pics are internal filters because there inside the tank ....im sure someone can show you a pic of a sponge filter or look it up on google :):):)

sam9953 02-14-2010 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by fryup (Post 325608)
the filter you have on your pics are internal filters because there inside the tank ....im sure someone can show you a pic of a sponge filter or look it up on google :):):)

Ah thanks i got it now but now i dont understand what should i do becuase if i cover the part where the water is being sucked then the filter will not being working properly.

La Reina 02-14-2010 10:30 AM

Pantyhose will offer no resistance to your intake, but they will save your fish because they will not be able to be sucked into the filter. Just check on the filter regularily and turn it off for a few seconds if there's a fish stuck to it.


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