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Came home today to find a dead Amano stuck to my circulation pump. Any DIY methods to make it easier for shrimp to get away from it or was it probably just a weak/dying shrimp anyway? The pump is about a half inch below water level.
 

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Not sure about your exact pump but often you can place pantyhose or part of a filter sponge (call this the prefilter) before the intake to weaken the suction and protect from shrimps being sucked in. You will, however, have to clean the prefilter about once a week to ensure your HOB filter maintains good suction. You also do not want to clean your filter and prefilter at he same time or you risk killing a large portion of your beneficial bacteria.
 

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Not sure about your exact pump but often you can place pantyhose or part of a filter sponge (call this the prefilter) before the intake to weaken the suction and protect from shrimps being sucked in. You will, however, have to clean the prefilter about once a week to ensure your HOB filter maintains good suction. You also do not want to clean your filter and prefilter at he same time or you risk killing a large portion of your beneficial bacteria.
The Koralia Nano 240 is not a filter. It's a powerhead.
 

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Hm... I see. Wouldn't putting some type of sponge over the pump intake still accomplish what freph is looking for? To keep shrimp out of the intake?
 
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