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Old 08-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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I also really like sponge prefilters, as they reduce maintenance of your filter's sponge and excess food gets stuck and then eaten.

My method to cut a hole is to saturate the sponge in water and freeze it. Then use a drill bit to hollow out the hold. Cutting with scissors was uneven for me. The freezer method takes more time but the result is better.
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freezing and drilling is a great idea.

+1 on the prefilter and shutting off just after feeding for a few minutes.
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You answered your own question. Pellets are a lot cleaner than flakes. You can try New Life Spectrum or Northfin. NLS tends to float longer and Northfin tends to sink after 2-5 seconds. Free samples of Northfin can be ordered from Angelfins and it's Canadian. You will need to feed a certain pellet size depending on the size of your fish. Don't feed your fish for 1-2 days and introduce the pelleted food.
Also, don't overfeed flake or pellet food, we all do it.
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I also really like sponge prefilters, as they reduce maintenance of your filter's sponge and excess food gets stuck and then eaten.

My method to cut a hole is to saturate the sponge in water and freeze it. Then use a drill bit to hollow out the hold. Cutting with scissors was uneven for me. The freezer method takes more time but the result is better.
Awesome idea!
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This has probably already been asked, but a search for "food+tank+clean" didn't yield any results that answered my question.

I noticed that whenever I feed my fish, there are flakes flying throughout the tank and a good portion is getting sucked into the filtration system. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening?

Maybe a more solid food, like pellets? One of those little white cones (I think they use them for tubifex worms)?

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If you feed only as much as you need then you will never have problems. I NEVER have food in my filters and I never turn them off. Since I do that for a living too, I feed hundreds of fish every day and from my experience, fish should eat their food in SECONDS. Yes seconds. So, I would only suggest feed as far away from the filter as possible and ONLY what your fish can eat in seconds.
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If you feed only as much as you need then you will never have problems. I NEVER have food in my filters and I never turn them off. Since I do that for a living too, I feed hundreds of fish every day and from my experience, fish should eat their food in SECONDS. Yes seconds. So, I would only suggest feed as far away from the filter as possible and ONLY what your fish can eat in seconds.
I turn off my filter but I also do this method. Feeding takes a while for me because I add a little and wait for my fish to finish before I add more. I do this for a total of 5 minutes unless they seem really hungry. I'll go maximum 7-8 mins. I learned this from my experiences with betas. They take forever to eat because they lunge at their food and take in a little at a time
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$15 for brand name sponges

just go on ebay and do a search for aquarium sponge filter and you'll get tonnes of sponges. Here is what I use as prefilters for all my filters (eheim/fluval canisters and aquaclear/aqueon hang on back filters)



They go for around $2 shipped, the whole thing breaks down into pieces and to fit them onto various filters, you just need rubber hose pieces and hot water
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Just take some reticulated foam (ie, aquaclear sponge. They also sell it in blue and black at BA's) and cut a little square of it, cut a slit in it and slide it over your filter intake.

Any prefilter will reduce the flow-rate of your filter. Keep that in mind.
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