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Java Moss Pre Filter?

Stop me if it's a dumb question, but would Java Moss work as a pre-filter if I attached a chunk on to the inlet of my cannister filter? The only problem I see is the chance for pieces to break off and clog up my media.

Has anyone ever tried attached moss to an actual pre-filter in order to hide it?

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I don't see this as a viable solution.

The java moss will act as mechanical filtration and become covered with debris.
This will rot the moss due to shading it's growth and create more dissolved organics.


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I don't see this as a viable solution.

The java moss will act as mechanical filtration and become covered with debris.
This will rot the moss due to shading it's growth and create more dissolved organics.
A pre-filter also gets clogged, so basically it would just need to stay relatively clean right? Really no different than any other pre-filter right?

I don't think attaching it to an existing pre-filter would be a good idea as it may put too much resistance on the filter motor.

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The problem is, how do you clean your prefilter that it is attached to. You'll be cleaning the moss like crazy, but you could create a moss wall or dome to hide the prefilter. This way you can clean both effectively.

Personally, I just try to use hardscape to hide stuff

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Came up with this to have moss pre filter and still clean sponge: Bend a rectangle of ss mesh in a cylinder around a pre filter sponge to fit snugly but be able to remove it. Ss mesh rectangle should be height of sponge and have a width equal to maybe a cm longer than the circumference of sponge. Attach the moss to the ss mesh. Slide the ss mesh+moss back over the sponge. That way you can remove it to clean the filter without disrupting growth.
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