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I just picked up 2 breeding pairs of angels and was trying to find some pre filter sponges... Anyone know if the fluval edge sponges with fit the standard eheim intake? Pretty much all I could find...

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They should - don't know why not. They're cheap - buy one & give it a try.
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Good enough reasoning

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They will fit a 5/8" tube with a bit of persuasion
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You could also do the nylon stocking route. This is what I use, and it works like a charm!
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I just cut an X almost all the way through an Aquaclear sponge and that will slip over most intakes.
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I have the eheim 2217 and the fluval prefilter does not slip over.
I did use em though, I just kinda..wedged the actual sponge inside.
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I have the eheim 2217 and the fluval prefilter does not slip over.
I did use em though, I just kinda..wedged the actual sponge inside.
Lol... This is what I'll most likely be doing since I all ready ordered them =P

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Get a harder sponge than the fluval edge or you'll just be unclogging it all day. I went to some petchain and searched around for harder sponges (ones that aren't squishy but more plasticy) and got some mechanical sponge for a internal reptile filter. It came in 2 parts so I just needed to cut a slit into one to fit over my intake.
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If you look at the a pond supply site they sell sponge prefilters for utility pumps and such for decorative outdoor ponds. They are generally way tougher then the aquarium ones. I found a local store that sells them because I always seem to buy the wrong one unless I can go look at it and find one with fairly large pore size and good rigidity.

But I believe this one is the one I have and am very happy with.
http://www.bigalspets.com/foam-pre-f...ison+Shopping&

It does require a bit of diy to get it on your filter as the plastic strainer that comes inside is bigger than the standard filter inlet. I pulled my filter inlet out dry thoroughly, removed my normal strainer, put a nice thick bead of hot glue all around and put on strainer that came with sponge. Been working perfectly ever since.
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^ Yep that's what mine looks like. The harder plasticy pre filters are good.
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Keep in mind that the Fluval Edge pre-filters are very fine mesh that readily & quickly attract a lot of free-floating material - therefore doing an excellent job of water clarification. But what comes with that of course, is that they get very dirty quickly, and of necessity need to well rinsed frequently to maintain effectiveness and not cause clogging.
Comes with the territory - if you're going to use any fine mesh sponge pre-filter, you can't be leaving it sit on your filter intake tube for several weeks and expect it to work properly.
I use Fluval Edge pre-filters on the AC 110 filters on my planted discus tank, and rinse them out well every second or third day - no problem, just takes 2 minutes, and they work like a charm.
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