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Using a Prefilter Sponge

I found using a prefilter sponge on the intake of the filter is a very good idea. It catches everything so you don't have to clean the filter so often. It also takes colour out of the water. When I clean mine once a week I take it out and make sure to put something under it to catch any stuff it's caught. Give it a squeeze to clean and watch all the colour it catches mostly drift wood colour.

So a guy walks into a Pet Store

Guy: "I have Algae on my drift wood!"

Pet Clerk: "Take two Plecos and call me next week."


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if it really can remove the colour of drift wood i'm going to buy it tomorrow!
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It also takes colour out of the water.
This is a false statement. I have a sponge prefilter on my AC30 (shrimp tank) and it doesn't take out any tannins. All it helps with is making sure your lovely shrimp don't get chopped up into little pieces by the impeller.

If you want the tannins out of your water, use Purigen


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This is a false statement. I have a sponge prefilter on my AC30 (shrimp tank) and it doesn't take out any tannins. All it helps with is making sure your lovely shrimp don't get chopped up into little pieces by the impeller.

If you want the tannins out of your water, use Purigen
What the original poster is talking about would be the fish poop/uneaten food/etc that would normally build up in the filter, but is being caught by the prefilter instead.
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Do use one like this?



Or one like this?



Because the Fluval one(First picture) may take tannins out
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It also takes colour out of the water.
This is the false statement I was talking about...

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What the original poster is talking about would be the fish poop/uneaten food/etc that would normally build up in the filter, but is being caught by the prefilter instead.
This is a true statement and I left it at that, I just wanted to correct him that the prefilter does nothing in regards to helping take tannins out of the water


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I use the fluval, I've had the wood in there for about 2 months and the prefilter sponge in for one month. I still get brown colouring in a heavy concentrate when I clean the sponge. Not as much anymore but still a little.

So a guy walks into a Pet Store

Guy: "I have Algae on my drift wood!"

Pet Clerk: "Take two Plecos and call me next week."


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I used to use one of the Fluvals and when I would clean it the brown color that rinsed out was very fine particles of fish poop


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This is a false statement. I have a sponge prefilter on my AC30 (shrimp tank) and it doesn't take out any tannins. All it helps with is making sure your lovely shrimp don't get chopped up into little pieces by the impeller.

If you want the tannins out of your water, use Purigen
shop in my are doesn't sell Purigen, any suggestion??
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shop in my are doesn't sell Purigen, any suggestion??


I order it from amazon. Comes all ready to go in its own little bag. You can buy larger quantities also if you want to fill your own bad. I am lazy

http://www.amazon.com/Seachem-165-Pu...ywords=purigen
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Just use carbon.
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I use a piece of Poret foam as a prefilter but even the mesh will clog quickly, I remove mine every week and rinse it clean. This is on a small nano tank with a small HOB filter but if I miss aweek it slows the filter quickly.

Water changes will remove tanins for free.


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