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Intake guard

What do you use as a filter intake guard? How much trouble are small sponges?

I didn't think I needed a guard, but apparently I have a dumb batch of ramshorns as this was the second morning in a row that I found one with it's shell stuck to the intake and it's body sucked up into the tube.

I have an idea of using some plastic craft mesh and heat shrink tubing to make one, but am wondering if I'll be able to find mesh with openings as small as I want them to be. SS costs too much by the time I pay for shipping.
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I got mine from Han H4 Aquatics they are fantastic!


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Sponges work just fine, I like them because its one extra spot where bacteria can grow. With any intake guard you'll have to clean it often, so make sure you can remove it easily.


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Thanks. I didn't think about that fact that any material would need cleaning often. Sounds like a coarse sponge will be cheapest and easiest.

Now I'm thinking I should change the type of sponge I'm using on my diy sponge filter to something more coarse, too. It gets clogged quickly.
Any sources for coarse sponge besides pet stores? No LFS where I live.
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