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    Powerhead Question...

    Curious what people use to restrict the powerful suction from the intake of there powerheads. Looking for something that will stop the powerheads from sucking up fish and inverts. I currently use foam which gets plugged up in a hurry and as a result I rarely take advantage of the true potential of the pump all the time.

    Any good ideas?

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    What type of powerhead are you using? Most will come with a screen of some type... If anything should get caught in the screen... chances are the fish was not going to make it in the first place.

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    The aquaclear kind.An Aquaclear 70. It has a black cylinder cone type piece that gos over the intake. But it has some serious pull around it.

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    I believe for most aquaclear, there are cans that you can get to usually put filter media in it. you could use this but empty. if not, you could take a piece of pipe that fits snug over it. cap that pipe and drill holes in it.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    That only produces like 300GPH, which is nothing... i had fish swimming around a modded Tunze 6025 of around 1200 GPH and nothing ever got stuck in it or around it etc...

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    It produces 400 gph but that's not the point at all. It is the way it is designed. I like the idea of capping it and drilling holes. Thanks. I will be upgrading to one of the newer better designed models soon. Just wanted to get rid of the foam I am using in the mean time.

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    but thats a chance to take.. and for 10$ of parts at home depot.. i'd fix it.
    I've lost a few fish in the past on previous tanks with this exact issue.
    its worth it for the safety of the fish and inverts etc.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Absolutely. Thanks Liv.

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