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Tips or Tricks for the intake strainer?

I know, you know. Clogging up with plant matter and then you have no pressure. I would guess it would put a strain on the filter as well. So what do find helps?

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I have use panty hose over the cover and then zip tied and that helps. When it gets covered with plant material i just put in my net and scrape it off into the net. Much easier.
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I take a brine shrimp net cut it from the metal frame and zip tie it on. Its white so you see dirt build up plus its good for preventing baby shrimp from getting sucked up.
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Why is it getting clogged with plant matter? Are you having trouble getting all the clippings out? I find the easiest way to get clippings out is to trim during a water change while the tank is low. Then I refill with a python. Bubbles form on everything, making any submerged clippings float to the top where I can grab them out by hand or with a net. I also wave my hand through all the dense plants to dislodge anything hiding in there.
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aquaclear sponge insert cut to fit.


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Create a bigger intake so it wont clogged that fast.


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Why is it getting clogged with plant matter? Are you having trouble getting all the clippings out? I find the easiest way to get clippings out is to trim during a water change while the tank is low. Then I refill with a python. Bubbles form on everything, making any submerged clippings float to the top where I can grab them out by hand or with a net. I also wave my hand through all the dense plants to dislodge anything hiding in there.
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Yes, I do that, but there still seems to be something I miss. It's like I have to clean it everyday. I have a net over the strainer, (shrimp) but it's a bit of job with the location of the intake. I have an idea brewing. Maybe something will come of it. How can I "create" a bigger intake?
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How can I "create" a bigger intake?
plastic canvas from the fabric store about 99 cents plus tax and you can buil a HUGE strainer if you want.
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