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how to protect shrimp/fish from overflow box

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping Equipment' started by rodahl, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. rodahl

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    Finding shrimp/fish in outflow filter box. I have been having this problem regularly. Have been thinking of putting fine mesh over the outflow slots. Any solutions that have worked for you?

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    All I ever did was get a small filter block (not the fine one) if it had a hole at one end OK if not I cut a deep X one end and pushed it over the inlet.
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    It then becomes a great feeding post for the shrimp as it collects food particles.

    Now it acts as a small pre filter which meant I washed it at every water change if not it blocked up very quickly and reduced the flow rate.

    Its simple, very effective and above all its cheap.

    As a temporal use a piece of ladies stocking held on with a rubber band BUT being so fine they block up very fast.

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    For a cannister filters I'm with Keith and do the same thing but for a overflow box a corse mesh is required, either s steal or a scrubby netting making sure it can't get blocked and preventing a blockage.

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    That is so basic and easy to make plus it works.

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    I agree, I had a ss version for a cannister inlet similar to the sponge you used but that caused the flow to reduce after a week so I would recommend a mesh with a maximum spacing depending on your livestock and flow required, making sure its cleaned regularly of any debris.
     
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    I was referring to the SS version.

    Not only easy to make it can be cleaned in seconds under a running tap.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    There exists not so fine ladies stockings as well. Also fine moskito net or net curtains...
     
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    Lately i visited somebody with an overflow box and had the greatest idea.. He had a very rough black filtersponge only about half an inch thick cut and placed on top squeezed in.. On top of the sponge he's growing a bunch of emersed form rotala rotundifolia and it looked stunning.. I was planing to replicate his idea, but i do not have an overflow box. I have 2 overflow pipes 1 on both side of the tank. :) But if i had an overflow box i certainly would..
     
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    Your old brain never stops thinking on "How To"

    With Aquariums you have to continually think out of the square.

    Keith:cathug:
     
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    Keith you know all about that.. :) Funny isn't it, thinking out of the square how to get things fixed back in te square again.. :LOL:
     
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    Too many years ago I did a Uni level subject called "Problem Solving" and its actually nothing but good old common sense deduction.

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    Rob you do have amano's don't you?? :) They love adventures. If you give them thing to climb on they are like kids they will..
    Like this few months back i found one morning in the HOB filter..
    hhYB0OY.

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