Originally Posted by Lion Mom
Oh, for a lot of them I made my own pre-filters with a hunk of AquaClear sponge. Cut an "X" into the middle of it, slide it over the intake & rubber band it on to make sure it doesn't slip off. Put a decoration or something in front of it and we are good to go.
I have a LOT of AQ sponges from when I used to raise fresh water angels and had a load of grow out tanks. Kept them 'cuz I just KNEW they would come in handy!!!
I always have extras in various sizes in my 75 gal. tank's filters so I can seed a new tank when I need to.
I didn't think of cutting an X into it... I was trying to make a circular hole... ._.
I feel so stupid right now. XD
Yeah I'm gonna shove extra sponge in there when my tank is cycled and running again so that it seeds it. =] Just in case I decide to turn my 2 gallon hospital tank into a 2 gallon permanent home. XD
You can never have too many sponges! =]
Plus with their texture they make great exfoliating sponges! =] I actually tried a cut up piece I never used this morning and it worked pretty well. My skin was really soft. =]
Yes I know I'm weird. XD Yes I did loose my face scrubber. =] I had it lying in my bedroom floor and figured Why not?
Also because somehow I didn't see it:
Yes a siphon is needed. =] It gets gunk out of your gravel that could build up there and become toxic to your fish if accidentally released. Also if there's a lot of leftover food accumulated on and in your gravel, you'll get little worms in your tank that feed off of it. They're not bad, just annoying. =]... I think at least....
I mainly use my siphon for getting water from my tank to my bucket. =] It makes life a lot easier. =]