Hi.... I just had my third fish die from getting stuck in the filter..... how do I stop this.
checked water yesterday..... ammonia 0ppm nitrite 0ppm nitrate 5ppm pH 8.0ppm. All guppies very active none are sick. will try your ideasLucy said:I'm so sorry Matt
Try the panty hose over the intake suggestion.
How long have you had the guppies? Normally healthy fish can avoid getting stuck.
When's the last time you checked the water?
I bought it from a package in Petsmart the filter is AquenonShawnie said:aww matt another one I'm so sorry!!! great advice on the sponges but as lucy said, fish that aren't sick shouldnt get stuck unless your filter is way to large for the size tank....do you know what kind exactly your filter is?
no.... when I turn the filter off the guppy swims out then I put him in the breeder trap and he dieshaedra said:I have an Aqueon filter too. If it is of a size rated for your tank, healthy fish shouldn't be getting stuck. Are you witnessing them getting stuck while still alive? Or are you finding them dead, stuck to the filter? If it's the latter... there is something else probably going on here, then after they die they are getting drawn into the current.
Makes sense, and it's easier to rinse a cartidge than reaching in the tank removing the nylon to rinse.cerianthus said:Coarse Foam will let most particles to pass which will be filtered out by cartridges, thus less cleaning required.
I think I under feed.... 2-4 pinches of fine crused food once a day.... the junk is mostly fish wasteLucy said:Any fish store would sell them. I like cerianthus's suggestion.
But really, there shouldn't be that much debris since you added the pany hose. Are you feeding to much?
Just a question, don't take it the wrong way, Miss. If you put a sponge over the intake tube, how would dirty water go into the filter? The dirt would get caught on the sponge then the filter would just act as a pump. I've tried it before and the sponge got really dirty after several weeks and I felt my filter was just used as a pump and the filter media and sponges inside my filter were no use because of the external sponge covering the intake tube.MissMTS said:You might want to put a sponge over the intake tube to keep the fishies from getting sucked in. You can buy the aquaclear sponges by themselves. Just cut a slit in the sponge and slip it over the intake of the filter. I hope this helps
Hmm... That's cool! Never thought of that! Thanks!aquarist48 said:Hello PeaceMaker. Covering the intake tube does not restrict the water flow. Rinse the sponge on the intake tube just like you would filter media, in siphoned tank water when you do your water changes. Not only will it keep fish from getting stuck to it, it will also add to your biological filtration. I have the Aqua Clears and the extra sponge on the intake works "great".
I would recommend the sponge also. As mentioned, the sponge won't restrict water flow ... it will primarily trap larger debris. Additionally, with the sponge over the intake ... the filter media inside the basket is still doing it's job of housing beneficial bacteria (biomax insert), chemically filtering the water (if you use carbon), etc.peacemaker92 said:Just a question, don't take it the wrong way, Miss. If you put a sponge over the intake tube, how would dirty water go into the filter? The dirt would get caught on the sponge then the filter would just act as a pump. I've tried it before and the sponge got really dirty after several weeks and I felt my filter was just used as a pump and the filter media and sponges inside my filter were no use because of the external sponge covering the intake tube.
I agree. (havn't seen the garlic one though)kloseo said:aquarist48 I have learned a lot reading your responses to many questions posed on this site including one on the use of garlic. thanks for sharing your knowledge