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I'm looking for suggestions to put over my filter intake to prevent large pieces of debris from clogging up the intake tube? I've tried putting a piece of foam but its so dense that it prevents EVERYTHING from bring sucked up/filtered. Obviously defeating the purpose...
I have a dirted tank so the tiny pieces of wood/etc are constantly clogging the intake and I just have to clean it off by hand.
Any ideas or thoughts are welcome!
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Fluval edge intake sponge is fabulous if you have a smallish filter.

http://www.bigalspets.com/edge-pre-f...Fa_m7AodWzYAWQ

For larger filters I sometimes cut an AC or similar sponge to size and pull it over the intake.
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Fluval edge intake sponge is fabulous if you have a smallish filter.

http://www.bigalspets.com/edge-pre-f...Fa_m7AodWzYAWQ

For larger filters I sometimes cut an AC or similar sponge to size and pull it over the intake.
That link didn't connect, but what is an AC sponge?
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My suggestion would be to put a larger cap on your dirt so this wouldn't happen..
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I clean em each week during regular maint/waterchange.
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I clean them too every week but you should see the filter media that comes out?! It looks like a black fury cat! lol
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What you need to do is disturb your floor/substrate and try to blow out as much debris as you can then go in with a fish net and grab as much as you can. There shouldn't be wood chips in the first place...unless you didn't add a thick enough cap or you are constantly uprooting your plants.

I use a spare Tetra Whisper filter bag on the intake tube of my messy guppy fry tank. If you want a bit of time between cleaning, I would suggest you extend the intake tube and drill a ton of holes and use a much larger filter sponge.



Something like this but longer.
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Coarser sponge material can be found in the pond section.
I buy chunks about 4" x 4" x 10" and cut to whatever size I want. Then cut an X almost all the way through and stick it on the filter intake.

AC = Aquaclear.
These sponges work well, but if I am already using the Aquaclear sponge inside the filter, then I prefer a coarser sponge over the intake. The pond sponge works well.
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