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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Spec V Shrimp Proofing

I'm totally geeking out! Got new shrimpies this week (Soshrimp.com) and two are berried. Unlike my previous mini colony (of 5) from the LFS, these new guys like to play in the filter. I blocked the lower overflow spot with hardscape but then they started climbing into the upper intake! I am worried about babies especially & found an online hack with metal mesh but shipping ETA is 3 weeks! So, I had my husband 3D print a screen for me! Just paper clipped on for now, but looks great! Any other spec mods suggested for shrimp? Just using kit pump, should I keep it on high or lower it? Adults don't seem to mind high flow but these will be my first babies. Thx!
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Nice mod .. that should keep the adults out, not sure about the babies. Only thing I can suggest is a slab of open cell sponge in front of the intake. You might need to bring a clip for it.

Actually you could probably get away with a polyfibre pad ... might just have to clean it regularly.

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I lost 6 blue dreams to the filter of the spec. First thing I did was plug the hole at the bottom with a piece of tubing. Then I got some stainless steel mesh from amazon and cut it to size of the spec inflow grill
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I cut a rectangular slab of foam and placed it just above the foam that comes with the tank. It blocks the grill from inside the filter section. I also stuffed a very small piece of foam into the overflow inlet.

Have about 7 baby shrimp and none have been sucked into the filter section yet.

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I removed the pump and installed an air driven return .Very simple and no chopped up/dead shrimp.
They will get in whatever you do probably so not having them go through impeller at the end was helpful for me.


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Sponge filter for the win! Sponge to block the intake for second place! I keep my shrimp in a tank with sponge filters. I keep a sponge on my Ruby tetra's Spec III to keep duckweed out of the filter compartment.

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