Hey guys, I’m going away for a few weeks and having a neighbour take care of my tank, as they are already gonna be caring for my cat during that period. I’ll be away for 2 and a half weeks, so not a huge amount of time, but the neighbour doesn’t have any experience with fish or shrimp tank maintenance.
The tank will be fine without a water change during that time as long as I do one before I leave, I know that, but my 2 main problems are feeding and stopping my intake sponge from clogging up.
For feeding I was considering getting a couple of pill boxes, like the ones that have seperate compartments for each day of the week, so I can set a certain amount for each day, and which foods.
But for the intake sponge, I’m pretty stumped. My current intake is a sponge filter connected to the intake pipe, but it’s been clogging up once or twice a week due to how fine it is (and how messy my fish are). When it’s clogged, it puts strain on the canister filter’s motor, and that’s not good. I don’t trust her with cleaning it safely, plus I’m only paying her for 5 mins in the morning, and 5 at night. I’ve considered a mesh intake, but it looks like it could hurt a fish if it went past it quickly... plus I can’t check the size of the inside where the pipe could go as the only one I’ve found would have to be posted.
Are there easy alternatives that I wouldn’t have to mod, or do intake sponges come in courser versions? (I haven’t checked).
Any input would be appreciated!
Just wondering if any of ya'll have experience keeping filter feeder shrimp? They're fairly common here although most of the LFS tend to stock lethargic specimens that seem to be on their last legs 😕 Just need some advice on how to spot and pick out healthy specimens for my community tank 😄
Also, anyone know where I could find the less common wood shrimp on steroids? Let me know 🙂
Common Wood Shrimp
Wood Shrimp's Buff Cousin, Vampire Shrimp
i have received some beautiful CRS from heavyD today and i have a situation with the current being too fast for the shrimp to swim very well in. I have the spraybar just below the surface and angled slightly up for maximum oxygenation but it still seems to be a little fast at the lower level of the tank, i can see moss swaying around and the shrimps being blown across somewhat when they try to swim. There is quite a "whirlpool" effect happening.
Aside from replacing the canister with a smaller one; how does one go about lessening the current inside the tank? I thought of 2 solutions but I don't know how wellthey will do or exactly how to implement them -
1)I could make more holes or make the holes larger in the spraybar?
2) cover it with a stocking or sponge or something to slow down the water as it shoots out the holes in the spraybar.
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where can I get a decent RO filter?
thought i'd post a quick description of my experience with the fluval q2 "quiet pump"
the pumps have 2 outputs and a great flow-rate for the price, i bought one of these and it was extremely quiet - i was very impressed, a few weeks later i got another one, fantastic! a few weeks later again and the older one had started vibrating and rattling, shortly after then so did the second quiet pump.
I read up about it and saw someone mention something in another forum about how they discovered a loose screw inside the pump, i intended to take mine apart and look for said "loose screw" but didn't get around to it yet and have just put up with the noise. anyway i have since discovered 2 of the main screws on the bottom that hold the unit together had fallen out completely on one of them, and 1 screw has also fallen out on the other unit. im quite disappointed - i haven't gotten around to trying to fix the units yet and i'm optimistic that i can figure out how to "shut them up" but i'm still not happy that they have failed to meet expectations 1-2 months after purchase !
BY COMPARISON - my older schego m2k3 and WS series pump are incredible - soooo so quiet still, @ineke (and others) had recommended the schego brand in a thread here and i'm glad i followed their advice initially before i took my chance on the fluval pumps - i will stick with schego in future - well worth the extra cost for the low-noise and the quality!
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