Hey ... so, i bought a hang on external filter and now my aquarium hood wont clo

  1. theaquarist Initiate Member

    Hey ... so, i bought a hang on external filter and now my aquarium hood wont close ... helpp!!!
     
  2. Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!
    Can you post a picture so the members can see how the hood and filter look?
     

  3. Aquarium Newb Member Member

    Yeah I'm with lucy. A pic would help us help you because there are several ways it could not close based on different hoods. And if its just a small gap at the front or sides or something I wouldn't worry too much, I have had african dwarf frogs and betta which are all known to jump out of tanks, and even though my lid has a slight gap they have never got out.
     
  4. Jsigmo Well Known Member Member

    Photos will help us.

    But in general, you often need to do some cutting to get a good custom fit. How to do this depends on what kind of cover you have.

    A "coping saw" is a good hand tool for many of these jobs. I have a band saw that can work for some. A power jigsaw or scroll saw can be nice.

    Some lids can be cut with scissors or shears, or a utility knife.

    Some lids have snap-out sections, etc.
     

  5. Bhuij Member Member

    I've always used the cheap saw on my pocket knife to cut out the back of the lid to make room for a HOB filter haha. Not real pretty but it gets the job done.
     
  6. theaquarist Initiate Member

    Heii i m so thankful of you guys helping but the filter doesn't work so i'll buy another filter maybe this time internal.... thanksss sooo muck yall:;hi1
     
  7. Jsigmo Well Known Member Member

    How large is the aquarium?


    Also, what kind of filter did you get that didn't work. Maybe it just needs to be primed or something. Some HOBs take a little trick to get them started.

    Maybe we can help make it work. I have had good luck with both types.

    The HOBs tend to have more space for the filter and biosurface. But the internal ones are usually self-priming, and silent. There is good and bad in both, I guess.
     

  8. Jchamgirl Initiate Member

    I have a similar issue. I need to buy a new filter and lid also. Need recommendations. Would like a lift able lid for feeding.