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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!
Hi all, Just doing some preliminary research on the possibility of converting our large tank to shrimp. This tank is filtered by an Eheim 2080 (very large canister filter) with 16mm Eheim grille intakes (2x). Was after recommendations on options for covering these up to prevent shrimplets from being sucked in. I am either considering the mesh style or a foam sleeve of some open cell type. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2Pcs-12mm-16mm-Aquarium-Stainless-Steel-Filter-Mesh-Net-Intake-Guard-Fish-Shrimp-/400676859924?pt=AU_Pet_Supplies&hash=item5d4a33b014&_uhb=1 Would appreciate your thoughts.