Protecting Baby Cherry Shrimp?

  1. Elodea

    Elodea Well Known Member Member

    Could i use a fine mesh over my power filter to protect my baby cherry shrimp? Will it impede the filter flow, or is it ok?

    I'm planning on buying a 5 gallon tank and breeding cherry shrimp in it.
  2. Valued Member Member

    Hi Elodea,

    You can do that, but it might be easier to get a sponge pre-filter for the intake on your power filter...


    Best of luck with your breeding project!

  3. iloveengl

    iloveengl Well Known Member Member

    Members have used new-from-the-package pantyhose, stuffing the intake with filter floss, or slitting a sponge and slipping it over the intake filter, and it works great to keep tiny fry/shrimp/eggs from getting sucked up, but still allows water to circulate.

  4. Robin4

    Robin4 Valued Member Member

    Hi Elodea,

    Welcome to fishlore! I've tried the pantyhose & filterfloss over the usual intake tube. They will slow down the return water flow. I chose to use a sponge filter in my shrimp tank. Here's a website to look at for some examples:

    My shrimp love "picking" all over that sponge filter. They actually are keeping it clean! Good luck and post pictures once you get everything set up! :)

  5. OP

    Elodea Well Known Member Member

    Thanks for the replies. Can I just slip a sponge over the power filter intake?
  6. Valued Member Member

    Most definitely! I'm all about diy to save some cash...