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Power filters ok for shrimp?

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I have a tetra whisper 10 (basically the cheapest filter you can get) cycling a 10 gallon right now, and I hadn't thought about what I was going to put into this tank, I just wanted to cycle it first. Can you use a power filter in a shrimp tank? Is there any way I could put a sponge or something on the intake so it wouldn't suck baby shrimp in?
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Adult shrimp are safe with a regular, unmodified power filter intake. However the filter will suck up babies. So put a panty hose or sock around the intake and secure with a plastic zip tie. I found a fine holed filter used for washing machine intake hoses. It has served me well for 24 months.
 
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