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Anyone found a trick to keep there sponge filters from clogging up so fast?

I have a sponge filter that fits over the down tube on my HOB. It tends to clog up pretty fast and slows done circulation in my tank. I'm thinking there is really nothing that can help with this problem, but I figured it wouldnt hurt to ask.
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We prime water in a 5 gallon bucket and rinse all the sponge pre filters every water change. It makes a big difference and helps clear up the tanks of mulm that can gradually accumulate and restrict the intake.

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No trick at all.. for me..
Just clean it when needed ..

You can give the ss filter made by h4n a try.
It should work pretty well.

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Unfortunately, that's what they are designed to do. No real way to work around it. If you want to change it out a little faster, keep a spare.

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Thanks everyone, that's what I do, I just clean it with every water change.
Someone had posted something about using pantyhose to prolong clogging, it's been a while back now since I read that post or thread...I wish I had paid attention to it, but it wasnt a concern at the time.

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The finer the mesh/pores of the prefilter, the better it filters, but the faster it clogs. Pantyhose clogs fast.

I have a bulk block of sponge which I cut prefilters from. It's small enough to keep livebearer fry out, but maybe not egglayer fry or baby shrimp. Does a good enough job and lasts about two months between cleanings. Was cheap and large, and I've made many various filters from it. If that sounds like something that could work for you, I can look up where I got it.
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I tried the panty hose the first go round and that didn't work for me AT ALL. Then I tried the fluval sponges you can buy in a box of 3 and cut them to fit my hob intake tube. One issue I had removing the sponges to rinse them was I would always find tiny shrimplets crawling around in the sponge. To limit me killing any babies I just invested in a few shrimp guards (H4N) and they never clog.


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Thanks again for the replys, I guess I'll just have to stay diligent about cleaning it so it wont slow the flow in my tank.

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I tried the panty hose the first go round and that didn't work for me AT ALL. Then I tried the fluval sponges you can buy in a box of 3 and cut them to fit my hob intake tube. One issue I had removing the sponges to rinse them was I would always find tiny shrimplets crawling around in the sponge. To limit me killing any babies I just invested in a few shrimp guards (H4N) and they never clog.


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Yours shrimp guard never clogs and the mesh wire is fine enough that shrimplets don't get sucked in?
I may need to go this route if that's the case.
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Never had a clog issue and I've even spotted tiny pewees climbing around on it so no casualties either. It's definitely worth the cost. Plus H4N is really easy to deal with and doesn't mind answering questions


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Never had a clog issue and I've even spotted tiny pewees climbing around on it so no casualties either. It's definitely worth the cost. Plus H4N is really easy to deal with and doesn't mind answering questions


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If you use a large enough sponge it won't need cleaning at all and will serve as a mattenfilter.
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Not sure which sponge you might be using but maybe the sponge is not designed for the high flow of the filter. The ATI Pro reticulated type sponges are for higher flow situations than their regular sponges are. I was using an ATI Pre-Filter #3 (which has a Pro 2 sponge on it) on my canister filter. It clogged every couple days so I replaced it with an ATI Pro 3 sponge. Now I can make it a week maybe longer. I just clean it when I do my weekly water change. Yeah the sponge is HUGE but I'd rather put up with the huge sponge rather than having to clean my canister every two weeks. Otherwise I might as well go back to HOBs which are far easier to clean, IMHO.
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the trick is to overfilter, more/bigger physical filtration will naturally last longer under the same loads before clogging..

I would argue if your physical filtration clogs to the point it reduces flow more frequently than your doing a PWC then its woefully inadequate for your needs.. You should not need to clean your filters more frequently than your doing a PWC. Assuming your doing a PWC every week or two.

As for prefilters, its bad for your pump to be restricted on the intake, if you dont stay on top of keeping it clean it you may experience premature failure of your filters pump.


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