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What would be a good sponge to put on the inlet of an overflow pipe in a tank that shrimp are...

...breeding? Aren't some sponges specifically for breeding tanks?
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I haven't heard that sponges are more shrimp friendly then others. I think any sponge will work, the courser ones let more water through and stop less debris, but baby shrimp are still a lot bigger then specs of mulm so they should be good. In other words get the sponge that fits your pipe and is easy to procure.
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I used to use These. But the price was ridiculous so I tried a few off brands and found These 5 pks for about the same price. I prefer the coarser sponge personally, but some prefer a finer sponge. My experience has been: my baby populations are strong and I never find babies in the filter, and the finer ones clog very quickly for me. They "hour glass" up in the middle and drastically reduce flow if I didn't clean them every several days

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Get the one with largest outside diameter you can get by with, more outside surface area means it won’t clog as quickly.
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May not look the best, but I used to take the bulk filter floss sheets like these https://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Filt.../dp/B01KYS02EG and cut squares out that were big enough to wrap around the pipe. Secured with a rubber band, easy to change out and dirt cheap. Used this for both small livebearers and shrimp without any problems.
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I prefer a course type sponge as well. I have a sponge that came with a filter that has many tiny pores in it(clogs so fast). Ive used these marineland prefilters when some of my fish had babies and needed to swap out the end of the intake pipe too.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002...b_b_asin_title
Also on shrimp tanks I've used these uxcell sponges. They r open at both ends though so if the bottom of your filter strainer has large enough slots that shrimplets could get through then you have to get some thread and put a few stitches in the bottom. Could also use rubber bands but i find it quick enough and better to sew it. Also this type of sponge is really long so I cut them in half and got a dozen out of a bag

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06X6...b_b_asin_title
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I prefer a course type sponge as well. I have a sponge that came with a filter that has many tiny pores in it(clogs so fast). Ive used these marineland prefilters when some of my fish had babies and needed to swap out the end of the intake pipe too.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002...b_b_asin_title
Also on shrimp tanks I've used these uxcell sponges. They r open at both ends though so if the bottom of your filter strainer has large enough slots that shrimplets could get through then you have to get some thread and put a few stitches in the bottom. Could also use rubber bands but i find it quick enough and better to sew it. Also this type of sponge is really long so I cut them in half and got a dozen out of a bag

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06X6...b_b_asin_title
That's a good deal on the uxcells. I'll grab them next time if they're still at that price. Probably identical to the ones I like...

Fwiw, with the hole in the bottom, I just cut a wad off an old sponge and stick it in to plug the hole. Keeps that sleek cylindrical look and still retains function

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Fwiw, with the hole in the bottom, I just cut a wad off an old sponge and stick it in to plug the hole. Keeps that sleek cylindrical look and still retains function
Will keep that in mind next time around. Good idea thanks
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Im in the course sponge crowd. There are always a few shrimp on it (babies too).

Im with @DaveKS on the thru holes as well. The ones I listed above are too long so I cut about 2" off the bottom then cut out a chunk of that trimming to fill the hole. Works great.

Ofcourse it depends on what filter you have and the OD of the suction line/tube.
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