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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Need Eheim 350 Modification

Hi Guys,

I need some suggestions to mod my Eheim 350 so that my Chili Rasboras stop finding their way into it and committing suicide.

Was thinking of gluing into place some kind of fine plastic/nylon mesh that will keep them out of it, but at the same time keeps the 350 doing its thing.

Suggestions??

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You're talking about the surface skimmer? Or the canister filter. Both show 350 for the model I have the skimmer not the canister though so I may not be much help if you're referring to the canister. However what I see occasionally if its the canister you can put the sample socks or pantie hose over the intake. As for the skimmer I'm not sure how you would go about keeping them from jumping into that...
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If you're talking about the skimmer there's a fairly lengthy thread on UKAPS dealing with that issue. It might take some looking to find it.
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Hi Guys,

Yes, I am referring to the skimmer. I am going to try the first suggestion. That is, I'll take some of that pre-filter material and cut it down to fit into the notches of the 350 intake.

This is my first batch of Chili Rasboras. I am surprised at the amount of time that they spend at or near the surface. Unlike most small Tetras that tend to hug the bottom of the tank.

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If you're talking about the skimmer there's a fairly lengthy thread on UKAPS dealing with that issue. It might take some looking to find it.
Jeff,

Do you have the thread location from UKAPS?

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Ok,

So I found the UKAPS thread (or at least one of them) regarding the E 350 issue. It looks like the stainless steel (SS) mesh idea might be the best solution. These guys are using the kind of SS mesh that one would use with growing moss walls.

Where is a good source for buying mesh and size to keep Chilis out?

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I'd buy some online most likely. Amazon or that electronic bidding site.


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Easy fix. Get a plastic knife and cut the blade into small pieces that will fit in the skimmer openings. Use super glue to glue them in place. It makes the grooves half sized. I can show pictures if needed. Haven't lost a fish since doing it

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 03:16 PM
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I know this is an old topic, but for my first post I would like to showcase my Eheim 350 Skimmer Mod... Well, I guess I dont know how to add pictures...

Anyway, I used a simple comb my wife recieved from a flight she took. The comb was the typical fine/course comb/combo.

On each opening of the Ehiem 350 Skimmer, I simply snapped off a bunch of the course fingers of the comb, and then glued them in place. The superglue didn't want to dry fast enough, so a tiny sprinkle of Baking soda hardened it right up. I used two fingers per opening. I haven't lost a shrimp, or Tetra yet, It's been 7 months. The fingers and glue also do not affect the boyancy of the floater.
If I can or I become allowed to post pictures I gladly will. Thanks and I hope this gives someone an alternative to ordering the fancy mesh... We all like fancy meshes though, but who doesn't have a sacrificial comb lying around?
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The "fancy" mesh doesn't cost much and literally takes 5 minutes to install. Plus, can be easily removed if needed.

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