I've heard of people using sponge. (like the ones in an aquaclear filter) Stand it lengthways and cut an X as deeply as you like, but not all the way to the edge. you should be able to slip it over the intake.
Do you have a pic?I never really liked using a panty hose, since it's too fine and too delicate. It easily can get torn, so you can't really clean it too well. Depending on the shape of your filter intake, you can either use a sponge or cut up a fish net and secure it with a piece of rubber band. I used silicone to wrap around the filter intakes of my Emperor 280 and 400 filters, like this...
The net is nice, since it's made for water and strong enough to clean off using a algae scubbing pad.
No... I don't know why.. Maybe my internet blocker at work?Can't you see the picture in his post?
Thank you very very much for this piece of advice. I went ahead and used an AquaClear foam pad to put over the intake of the Aquaclear 50 hang-on I have. I stood the foam pad up length-wise and took a pair of scissors and basically "drilled" a slit/hole right down the top to about halfway into the foam pad. Took a couple of minutes to get it deep enough but I managed to do it perfectly. I cut off the excess foam on the bottom that would not be needed. I also trimmed around the sides of the foam pad in order to make the pad smaller since I have a 10 gallon.I've heard of people using sponge. (like the ones in an aquaclear filter) Stand it lengthways and cut an X as deeply as you like, but not all the way to the edge. you should be able to slip it over the intake.
I will have to check that out...i used a replacement sponge for an elite sponge filter. its round, the existing hole is a prefect fit for my intakes (a whisper hang on and a stainless steel ada pipe) and the sponge itself is the perfect hieght to cover the intake slits.
most important for me, this method looks the cleanest, well the cleanest ive seen so far.
also, my crs, cherries and amanos love hanging out on the filters, munching away.
Exacty why I think it is a great method....You're welcome,
Sometimes I can be forgetful when it comes to listing the details as to how things work. It's the best way I've found to keep my guppy fry safe from entering the filter. I suggested it because it's made for a filter so it won't restrict water flow, yet safe enough to protect your shrimplets. Congrats on the babies!