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Joined: 17 Jun 2004
Location: South Carolina

PostPosted: 2010.03.30(Tue)9:35    Post subject: HOB Filter Intake Cover Reply with quote

So I found a small filter rated for a 10g aquarium (and about 50 replacement filter media sleeves!) in a box of old aquarium supplies. It still works fine so I figured I'd install it on my 20g planted which already has a 20g-rated filter to increase its filtration power a bit.

I do not, however, have an extra filter sponge to put over the intake. Since I intend to add shrimp (eventually) to this tank, I want to make sure that it's baby-shrimp safe. Does anyone know how to cheaply make something that'll keep shrimp from getting sucked in?

I believe I read somewhere that pantyhose works fine. How would I go about attaching it to the intake so that it fits snugly and looks nice?
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Joined: 18 Apr 2007

PostPosted: 2010.03.30(Tue)19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rubber bands work to fix fabric around filter intakes.
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Location: British Columbia, Canada

PostPosted: 2010.04.03(Sat)14:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

black pantyhose (for esthetic purposes!) and a black rubber band. trim the excess. just stretch it over. I keep an old toothbrush on hand to unclocg the pantyhose every couple days as it will eventually clog up.
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Joined: 29 Mar 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: 2010.04.03(Sat)14:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other option is to get a square "block" of sponge (kind of like the AquaClear sponges) and cut a hole in the middle, then slide it over the intake tube. If you cut the hole slightly smaller it should hold itself there. I have also seen people drill a few extra holes in the intake tube to improve water flow through different parts of the sponge.
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