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Which pre sponge filter will fit on the filter of the aqueon mnini bow 5 gallon?
I just dont want the baby shrimp to be sucked into the filter
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Pre sponge filter

I suggest the fluval edge pre filter. I just got my order of 3 yesterday and it fits perfect on my aqua tech 5-15 gallon filter an on my msrineland hex filter (around same size as the 5-15). But they fit snug and I don't think anything will be able to get sucked in very easy! Also they are only around $2.35! What a steal!
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Re: Pre sponge filter

I like the filter max I pre filter.

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Thanks for the replies, but I dont know either of those would fit over my filter into. I think the whole in the sponge will be too large. Could you please tell me the diameter of the wholes in the sponges
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Re: Pre sponge filter

Is the intake is to small you can "make it fit"

I've also used the internal prefilter fron one of those Zoomed fillet they make for turtle tanks. It works well, i even had a java fern jump on. It's now growing roots into the sponge. Kinda neat.

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Re: Pre sponge filter

With the Zoomed filter, you can stretch it a little bit if the intake is too large.

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If the prefilter is too big, you can use a zip tie and tighten the prefilter around the intake with it. Also, you can get a stainless steel prefilter custom made for your filter. H4n and I think someone else on here makes them. Check the For Sell/Trade forum.

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I have an SS myself and it doesn't slow the flow rate at all. Very nice from Han.


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Thanks everyone. I might just buy a normal filter sponge and either cut a hole in it or tie it around
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Re: Pre sponge filter

Make sure you buy one that you're certain is safe for your livestock. :P Duh lol Make sure it isn't one that will break down overtime either. With the rinsing and squeezing it will be taking overtime, you don't want to skimp on a cheap sponge. You also need to consider the surface area you have. (If you're looking for it to be a biological filter as well as mechanical.) Then you need to consider how porous it is, and what kind of water flow it will allow.


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I use the big block foam for Aquaclear HOB filters and cut a hole in it with an exacto knife. It works great. Also relying your your prefilter for biological filtration might not be the best idea.
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Thanks for the replies. I didn't want a prefilter for biological filtration, I just didn't baby shrimp to get sucked in.
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Re: Pre sponge filter

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Also relying your your prefilter for biological filtration might not be the best idea.
Of course it's not, if it's your only source of biological filtration. A sponge PREFILTER is more of a filter booster. It gives you another media to cycle into your cleaning regiment. When you clean sponge prefilter,(which you'll do more often than your HOB,Canister, etc) you still have your other media pumping. If you need to change the media in your filter, the sponge will pick up the slack left by clean filter media.

It's not your FILTER, it's a PREFILTER. Lets not forget what we're taking about...

...Although theoretically, you could run an HOB with a large sponge pre filter, and.no media. It would be just like a sponge filter attached to a powerhead. Sponge filers have been used by breeders and hobbyist for years. In many cases, as the sole form.of biological and mechanical filtration. They're actually one of the most efficient filters out there.....don't tell me bout sponges. :P


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It's not your FILTER, it's a PREFILTER. Lets not forget what we're taking about...
This was exactly my point. Not sure what you think I said but all I said was that a prefilter should not be your main source of biofiltration.
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Re: Pre sponge filter

Mmmnnyes indeed

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