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Is there any prefilter you use/ build?

Is there any prefilter you use/ build to keep small fish, shrimp,snails from getting sucked into the intake?

I was thinking of taking some pvc pipe and drilling like a hundred very small holes in it and connecting it to the intake. Snails would probably still find their way in even if they were not sucked in by force.

Perhaps there is a better way?

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You can buy pre filter sponges all day long on Amazon or eBay.

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You can buy pre filter sponges all day long on Amazon or eBay.
Yeah, you can get ones specifically made as prefilters or I just use a chunk of AquaClear filter foam and that works just fine. I just cut a hole in the middle with a pair of scissors just big enough to accomodate my intake (not all the way through the bottom). Cheap and easy, provides extra biofiltration and shrimp love to graze on it. You can also buy little stainless steel cages if you're concerned about the aesthetics.

Even easier than that, you could just tie the bottom of a pair of new/untreated pantyhose (better yet - the little sock kind they have at shoe stores) around your intake. Those clog a little faster and don't look as good, though, but work in a pinch.
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I use the fluval prefilter sponges, they're only a couple dollars each and work fantastically
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I use the fluval prefilter sponges, they're only a couple dollars each and work fantastically
Good call, I did not know these existed. I was going to get a pond pre-filter instead.

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The pond type prefilter is going to be better in the long run, at least for me they are. The tiny Fluval filters fit great, but they clog up very quickly. I use several of these:

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The pond type prefilter is going to be better in the long run, at least for me they are. The tiny Fluval filters fit great, but they clog up very quickly. I use several of these:

I put a sponge filter designed to be a standalone filter with a air stone.

It seem to clog up very quickly. The pond filters that look like they will not clog as easy. There is a lot of space between the fibers.

The pond filters are a lot more expensive though. They are designed to be part of some kind of prefilter kit.

For a while I never had any filter on my shrimp tank because of fear it would kill all the shrimp. The prefilter really allows me to have a power filter which my tank desperately needs.
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I just use this: Intake Strainer

Needlework canvas costs less than a dollar at craft stores. That plus a few zip ties and you have a decent strainer. It may not be small enough for fry, but if you are just looking to keep small fish, shrimp, and snails out it will do the job and not get clogged like a sponge.
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Online source of sponge filters for HOB filters. This store is in WA state.

Intake Sponges | Aquarium Co-Op

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