Sponge Over Filter Intake?

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I just found my baby Bristlenose Pleco dead (May he SwI'm In Peace), sucked up into the filter. He’d been hanging around in a giant Val near there all day and I think he must’ve got a little too close and he got pulled in. Would putting a sponge over the filter intake help prevent that from happening with future fish? Or would it reduce the effectiveness? The filter is an aquaclear 50.
 

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Yes it will help and I would say it's essential if you have fry. It won't reduce effectiveness too much provided that you rinse it often to stop it clogging. I find that a coarse sponge is best otherwise it needs very frequent rinsing.
 

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I have tried to convert all my filters to sponge filters because of constant fry, but yes, adding a sponge over the intake works just fine!
 
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AquaCaitlin said:
I have tried to convert all my filters to sponge filters because of constant fry, but yes, adding a sponge over the intake works just fine!
Ok, I’ll try that. It really hate to have fish die and I want to avoid it, but it’s the circle of life and it’ll happen. Still sad though.
 
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Islandvic said:
Thibault Drake , here is a link to a thread on the forum that will show you with pics, how to install a sponge pre-filter on your Aquaclear. I think there is at least 3 or more examples....

Diy Media Guide For Top Fin Silenstream, Aquaclear And Other Hob Filters | Filters and Filtration 385506

I use them on my filters.
I used the aquaclear filter one. I had one of those lying around the house so I jus used that one. Wish I would’ve done it a few hours earlier though. Well, I guess you just learn from your mistakes.
 

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From breeding BN plecos, I know exactly what you mean. BN pleco fry don’t just get sucked up, the swim up intake tubes intentionally. When I first started breeding them I would find them alive swimming in my canister filters and HOB Filters. I grow them out as free swimmers in. Tank with a sponge filter only and still they swim in the discharge tubes.

When I have and HOB filter in a grow out tank I use the sponge from an aquaclear 20 over the intake tube. If the intake tube is large, I use the fabric from a loofah sponge wrapped around the intake with a hair tie. It works and doesn’t have an affect on flow rate.
 

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