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Anyone Have Experience With These Mesh Intake Covers? Question

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by TheBettaSushi, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    hey all! So I decided to use poly fiber instead of carbon so that I may start dosing ferts forvmy plantw and keep my tank clear. However, it seems to not be working as well as I hoped.

    I was (still am) using an intake sponge for my fluval edge but the sponge is so fine that nothing is getting through. I have cut a hole in the sponge to mimic the intake to no avail.

    I also had to baffle my outflow because my betta hates the current my hob filter produces even when it’s set to its lowest setting. Because of this, I have debris sitting on the water surface.

    With the sponge, I am able to set the outflow to high but I’m still not getting the agitation I need to push the debris down for the intake to suck up. I also removed the baffle sponge and letting the flow run on high but it seems that the agitation isn’t enough to spread across the entire surface.

    I was searching and found this... https://www.amazon.com/YOOTOP-Intak...rium&qid=1552258008&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

    Is this safe to use?

    I need to find something that will prevent my Bettas fins from getting sucked into the intake and will be good enough to rid this disgusting gunk sitting on top of my water.

    Anyone ever used this metal mesh? Has it ever eroded?

    Please advise!
  2. Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

  3. coralbanditFishlore VIPMember

    I have used ones like that .They are safe .
    Look for cheaper under shrimp screens .
    Stainless steel is safe .
    Some are so fine they clog just like sponges [I use both still] .
  4. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    That looks like it’s going to be way too big for my little 6 gallon. :-(
    Would you be able to send me a link to where you purchase yours? I’m kind of iffy with the ones that I have seen being sold.

    Look at all this gunk on the surface! It’s so unsightly and I just can’t handle it! I would do a water change but I just did one two days ago. And even then my siphon doesn’t get the stuff on the surface (don’t mind the algae, I need to scrub it down again... that is another issue I’m having ugh). My problem is most likely not enough agitation for the surface to circulate to the bottom but I don’t know what else to do to keep my filter from thrashing my betta around without baffling.


    This is what I did to the sponge, but because the bottom is still open, I’m afraid my poor betta is going to get his fins sucked up

  5. coralbanditFishlore VIPMember

  6. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

  7. coralbanditFishlore VIPMember

    Yea those are used on my aquaclears.20-50 are same size.
    They work great on the 20 which is what the edge uses .
  8. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    Awesome. Thank you so much!!!