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Check your filters!

Just opened up my little eheim canister and found 16 red cherry shrimp ranging from small to med size, Check your filters guys haha! God knows what they were eating, or how they even got in through tights and past an impeller.
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Definitely get the Eheim prefilter.

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wouldn't that help with the gunk build up on the filter pads?
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Might have to do that, I find with pre filters though when you remove them to clean them the rubbish goes back into the tank, and itallion did you mean a pre filter or the shrimp ha?
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the shrimp

I have high nitrates from the gunk that sits on the filter pads. Would having a colony of shrimp living in the filter eating the detrius help keep the nitrates down. Even with a prefilter added my filters get pretty dirty.
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Might have to do that, I find with pre filters though when you remove them to clean them the rubbish goes back into the tank, and itallion did you mean a pre filter or the shrimp ha?
Use your net to surround the pre-filter on the intake and then remove it (depends on filter). I have a decent sized net appropriate for my filter size. I like to clean my pre-filters twice a week.
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I suppose it would but I doubt shrimp like being kept in a pitch black container with scraps and a constant suction on them ha, and yeah of course use a net, never thought of that, cheers.
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I pull up to a dozen out of my G6 pre filters each time I clean them. The lucky shrimp then get to go visit my Angel fish.
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Shrimp in canisters is not something new people need to be warned about LOL. It's common sense to realize something that small will eventually end up in the canister without a prefilter. I find Endler fry in mine every time but my population is enough that this actually helps me weed some of them out without having to try and net them.

One thing I'm not sure about, but assume; is that the impeller is on the return and not the intake. If that is the case fry/shrimp would not go through it but just be sucked through the hoses until they filter media.
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I have an AquaClear 50 on my 10 gallon tank with a large foam prefilter - the cherry shrimp climb up into the media housing from the outlet (waterfall) if I top my tank off high enough. They're strong little buggers.

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