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Shrimp filter screen for Fluval Spec V?

I have a fluval spec v, which has a filter that looks like this



Shrimp like going in and grazing on the good stuff in the filter, but there's never anything that keeps them from making their way down past the filter pad, past the sponge, eventually to the water pump.

If I could just glue a small shrimp prefilter screen to the inside of the filter chamber, I could avoid that problem altogether.

Does anyone have some, or have a suggestion for getting some?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 07:58 AM
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I've had a spec in the past, simplest answer, get another sponge that fits tightly into the top part of the filter area so the shrimp cant get through.
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Can you attach a sponge to the front where the water goes in to avoid them going in at all?

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I had the fluval spec 2 gal and my RCS were going back and grazing on the top part of the sponge. what idid was just raise the sponge filter till its halfway blocking the screen.
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I just added another sponge on top of the one that's there. I think I added one from an Aquaclear 50 filter.
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I think h4n is going to try to work some prefilter screen magic. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Maybe cut a slit under a sponge and slide it on top. make sure its still porous enough that water can enter.

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I bought some of the metal wire mesh from H4N, cut to size and hotglued it to the inside of that screen. Works awesome you can't see it.

Also there's a small slot on the bottom of that panel. It's a fail safe designed to allow water in if you water fall below the slot on top so the power head don't burn out. Shrimps can get through this too, but don't seal it, take the same wire mesh, cut a small piece with the same width and fold it in half width wise so it's twice as thick, and jam it in there. I'll try to get some pictures of mine if you need it.


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I think the idea of getting a slightly too large sponge and jamming it in will probably work. check the various aquaclear sizes, or just get a mat or something and cut a chunk a bit big.

I don't know what the scale is there, but maybe something like ~1/8" to ~1/4" extra per side/dimension. Just enough so the sponge is wedged in well enough that it would take too much exertion for a little critter to crawl down the side.
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if h4n does, I'm in for one!!
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samwoo2go: I discussed this option with h4n, but he asked about removal for cleaning. Do you find that to be an issue?

And I know some people have blocked off the bottom vent with plastic, but I'm very happy for it. Because of the semiopen top design, I've come back from trips away from work to find that the water level had fallen enough to have burnt out the pump without that 2nd vent.
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samwoo2go: I discussed this option with h4n, but he asked about removal for cleaning. Do you find that to be an issue?

And I know some people have blocked off the bottom vent with plastic, but I'm very happy for it. Because of the semiopen top design, I've come back from trips away from work to find that the water level had fallen enough to have burnt out the pump without that 2nd vent.
I just take some tweezers and scrape the slots down (everything will be on the tank side) then siphon the crap out. None issue for me.


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I do not have one of these tanks, so I really don't know, but would a toothbrush work for cleaning?


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OP, sorry to be off topic, but what kind of filter is that called? I like that way better than the typical HOB or canister. It looks like filters in most saltwater tanks at the LFS's I go to. Thanks
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I don't know what it's called, but water spills through the grate into the 1st chamber where it get pulled down through various media (mechanical, biological, chemical), then forced back into the to the tank by a pump.

I'm strictly freshwater, so I never really saw filters like this until the all-in-one enclosed cubes started coming out several years ago.

My weekly maintenance is
1. turn off the pump,
2. siphon out water for water change
3. replace mucky filter pad with a clean dry one from the drawer
4. condition room temperature water, and add to tank
5. turn on pump again
6. go rinse out the pads and put them back into the drawer for next use
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