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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by David B. Diehl, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What my options for a good but somewhat inexpensive foam filter. Using it for baby cherry shrimp and livebearer 20 gal. long grow out tank. Currently they are in my sump filter foam.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David

    That is somewhat of a very big question "Good but Cheap"

    Are you looking for some thing like this then a HOB filter?
    http://www.theaquariumshop.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=370

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Have one on my 40 breeder, the filter is basically a foam block with an air stone in it's center. Maybe I should have said worth the money.
     
  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David

    That filter is run by a motor not an Airstone.

    This filter is run by an airstone.
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    Filtration is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have, cheaper filters may not filter correctly or last very long and this can cause you more problems when your inhabitants start dying.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is the type of filter s-l1600.jpg
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is perfect for a small breeding tank with Shrimp fry but certainly not big enough for your tank that is why I suggested the HOB.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Was told to stay away from anything with an impeller, as it would chew up any small fry or baby shrimp. Was considering using 2 of them. With only small inhabitants it shouldn't get over loaded.
     
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    Who every told you that was not very experienced its easily prevented.
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    That is what I used on the inlet for a big Eheim Canister. It also became a food source for young and old shrimps.

    You can buy expensive pre filters, that one is a sponge for another filter or use a solid foam block and cut a deep X in the top and push it over the filter inlet.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. David B. Diehl

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    Will give it a try, have a Marineland 350 I'm going to convert to use Aquaclear style media. Have a block of foam I can put around the intake. Will take pictures of the conversion for anyone interested. Have a new gorgeous Lyertailed guppy that is snakeskin over the whole body and tail.
     
  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I found that a fine sponge can block up very quickly and could require cleaning twice a week, this would depend on the inhabitants. I always rinsed mine under a running tap.

    Post the photos of fish and the filter conversion please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. David B. Diehl

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    Fish will be guppy fry and cherry shrimp
     
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    That should be OK, I would wash it at the weekly water change. I found the best way was to use a running tap from the inside of the sponge that then washes all the muck out. Some will say you are washing good bacteria away its only a prefilter not your main filter sponges.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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